9 Easy, Affordable Ways to Make Your Business Eco-Friendly
Consumers are increasingly demanding more than just a good product. According to a Capgemini report, about 80% of consumers now prefer brands that show concern for social responsibility, inclusiveness, and the environment. By making your business more eco-friendly, you can tap into the massive market of eco-conscious consumers.
Here are nine low-cost ways to make your business environmentally friendly.
Make Green Thinking a Part of Your Company Culture
Your employees should be part of your new vision. Create sustainability goals, and make them inclusive and fun by measuring and celebrating your progress. Additionally, get feedback from your employees on becoming more efficient in attaining your new goals.
Change Light Bulbs
Swap from fluorescent and incandescent lights to LED lighting. LED lights to use less energy, last up to five times longer, and don’t contain toxic gases.
Recycle and Reuse
Look into recycling programs in your community and work with your employees to attain your recycling goals. Additionally, buy recycled ink cartridges and paper products. Even big-ticket items such as furniture can contain recycled goods.
Eliminate Plastic Bottles
Every year, Americans buy 29 billion water bottles but only recycle about one-sixth of them. This is a big problem, given that plastic is not biodegradable. You can help avoid the bottled water habit in your business by installing a water filtration machine in your office. This will provide your employees and customers with fresh and clean drinking water.
Host a Fundraising Event
Programs that support environmental causes are suitable for your public relations and image. Moreover, supporting impactful and meaningful causes feels good and can boost your team’s morale. Adopt an environmental cause, such as tree planting, and host a fundraising event for the cause annually.
Use Green Cleaning Products
Many cleaning products are toxic to the environment. Therefore, replace your regular cleaning products with eco-friendly brands.
Break the Addiction to Convenience
You can reduce your environmental footprint by breaking your employee’s reliance on single-use products. For instance, you can reduce their dependence on single-serving, non-recyclable coffee pods by making coffee at the office. With a large tin of coffee, you can provide over a hundred employees with a cup of coffee at a fraction of the cost of single-use coffee.
Reduce Water Usage
Reducing water usage is an obvious way of conserving valuable environmental resources and saving money. You can reduce water usage by:
- Fixing plumbing leaks, dripping taps, installing faucet aerators, and low-flow toilets.
- Ensuring your landscaping is drought-tolerant by using rain sensors and drip irrigation.
- Use high-efficiency pressure washers for your cleaning jobs.
Help the Environment
When renovating your business premises, you can turn reusable materials into tax-deductible charitable donations to organizations like Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity will sell the materials for reuse and use the proceeds to build low-cost housing in your community.
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