Over three-quarters of people want to learn how to live more sustainably, but although we’re getting better at being eco-friendly at home, we aren’t always sure how to do so in the workplace.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of sustainable business practices to try at your company. They’ll help the planet, as well as make your life easier and even save some money too.
Sounds good, right? Let’s get started.
Practice Green Procurement
What is green procurement? It’s the practice of obtaining goods and services through sustainable means.
For example, you can begin by looking at local suppliers. Then, ensure that goods are made in a sustainable fashion, are recyclable, or made from recycled materials, and aren’t packaged too wastefully.
Use Less Water
It’s a no-brainer — cut down the amount of water you use!
The last few years have been drier than usual, so water rationing has been put in place in various areas anyway, but there are other reasons to reduce water use too.
Doing so can be as simple as fixing leaks and dripping taps, while you can also put in place faucet aerators and low-flow toilets too.
Reduce Your Energy
Along with water, you can use less energy too. From lighting to temperature control and powering appliances, we can use an awful lot of energy without even realizing it, so it’s great to reduce your usage where you can.
Consider home solar installation and other high-efficiency practices. Can you upgrade your insulation to something more eco-friendly, or even make sure to turn off appliances and plugs when not in use?
Use the Cloud
You may well already utilize cloud computing, but if not, you should definitely consider it, or move even more onto the cloud.
From Google Apps to Microsoft Office 365 and Apple iCloud, there are numerous platforms to use. Not only will they benefit your employees and in turn your business as they can access information and work from anywhere, but they’ll reduce everything from travel and printing to carbon emissions too!
Reuse and Recycle
Do you find yourself using too many disposable coffee cups and similar? Between us, we can produce an awful lot of waste thanks to single-use products like these, so it helps to turn to reusable products where we can.
Are employees able to bring their own mugs and cups from home, or bring refillable water bottles? Can you use hand dryers instead of paper towels?
Place some recycling bins around the business too — if recycling is easy, people won’t be tempted to throw recyclable waste into the main bin.
Work With Likeminded Companies
If there are other businesses local to you that are trying to become more eco-friendly too, why not work with them?
If you both need the same product or service, you can buy in bulk to reduce waste and packaging, or share ideas for environmentally friendly business solutions — working together can make matters a whole lot easier.
Choosing Sustainable Business Practices
As you can see, it’s easy to adopt sustainable business practices, and these are some great ones to begin with. Why not make a start on becoming more eco-friendly today, and consider which practices you’d like to try out?
If you’re looking for more tips like these ones, don’t forget to check out the rest of our posts! We’re sure to have what you’re looking for.