Businesses that don't "go green" may suffer in unexpected ways. Learn how your business can benefit from taking a sustainable approach.
Below, we’ll list a number of different reasons why it is good for a business to go green and how they could benefit from doing so.
Although it may seem like recycling is a sustainable waste management program, it can be costly. Source reduction, reuse, and more efficient use of everyday office staples like water bottles and paper can have a greater impact on the environment without driving up operating costs.
Within your company, you may want to look into setting up a Waste Management Team that will focus on one area of the sustainable waste management program at a time. This could be setting different goals to hit every week/month/year to help reduce the carbon footprint of the company.
A few easy ways to start include the following:
- Invest in a water cooler and encourage the use of reusable water bottles by employees.
- Use electronic files whenever possible, print double-sided copies, and communicate via email rather than printed memos.
- Set up a three-stream waste system that sorts waste into recycling, compost (i.e., food), and trash.
Attracting New Customers
One thing now that potential new customers are looking at more and more is how a business takes responsibility for its impact on the environment. Enhancing the corporate responsibility of your business is one of the best ways to grow it, and establishing and maintaining a reputation as a business with environmentally friendly practices and a commitment to environmental sustainability is a proven way to elevate your profile.
Thousands of businesses round the world that are finding if they implement environmental practices they get more new customers, which naturally will increase the worth and profit of the business.
By incorporating environmental sustainability into their business models, companies all around the world are seeing a financial gain. Many companies benefit from an audit of energy usage and the energy efficiency of their commercial buildings. Not only will a retrofit of your company's building help to improve consumers' perception of your company, it will also decrease your operating costs.
A Healthier Working Environment
A healthier and greener working environment can help to improve your company output and the morale of your workforce. Here’s a short list of things you can do to get started:
Experiment with this, but try using your air conditioning sparingly. Remember your employees need to be comfortable in their jobs.
Keep the use of lights in the office to a minimum. Ensure they’re turned off every night and over the weekend.
- Buy energy-saving light bulbs. If you can’t avoid having the lights on in the office, you may as well save what you can while using them.
Buy energy-efficient appliances. It may seem obvious, and it may mean spending a little more on certain items, but in the long run it will reduce your outgoing expenses.
Encourage employees to car share or to bike to work. The more people you have sharing cars, the more money they'll save while also doing their bit for the environment.
One of the greater values of a company's going green is the benefit to the environment. Making the most of sustainable methods can help to prevent the waste of natural resources within the business. This will only reduce the risk of depletion of these resources in the long term.
Whatever it is that your business decides to do to become sustainable, remember that source reduction and efficiency will not only help to save the environment but can also benefit your workforce, reduce your operating costs, and elevate your brand value.