The impact we have on the environment is a big concern for both consumers and businesses. With that said, there has been a big increase in demand for companies who operate in an environmentally friendly way. If you run your own business, you might be wondering what changes you could make to be more “green”. Paying attention to how much energy you’re using and how much your company is wasting every day is a great place to start because it will help you figure out how to be more eco-friendly. Here are some tips:
Turn Off Your Devices
Are you using electricity wisely? Try and make a conscious effort to switch off any devices that aren’t in use, especially at the end of the day. This goes for your computers, printers and any other equipment. Consider fitting some LED lights as they are far more energy efficient than halogen bulbs and well worth the initial investment.
Use Environmentally Friendly Products
Have you got an upcoming conference where you want to giveaway promotional merchandise? If so, you might want to consider eco-friendly items, such as bio-degradable flower pots or tote bags made from recycled materials. You could also use recycled paper in your printer, non-toxic highlighters, and other office equipment that’s kinder to the environment.
Try Follow Me Printing
Follow me printing is a great technique to reduce paper waste at work. The user will be asked to input a code or scan a card before their print job is released. Not only is this more secure, it means that documents aren’t printed and then forgotten about. Efficient printing is a great way to be an eco-friendly business owner.
Promote Cycling to Work
Try and encourage, or even help organise, different modes of transport to driving. For example, set up a “Cycle to Work” day or promote the use of public transport, carpooling or even walking.