We live in a world that is becoming increasingly affected by climate change. The more we can contribute to a greener earth today, the more that our children will benefit from it in the future. And while taking steps to live a greener lifestyle at home is undoubtedly important and beneficial, so is doing so at work.
The great news is that running an eco friendly business doesn’t have to be complicated either. Sometimes it just comes down to some basic concepts and habits that if you stay consistent with will make a world of difference. Here are some of the most straightforward ways to run an eco friendly business.
Buy Seconhand When Possible
Excessive waste is one of the biggest contributing factors to the world that we live in. Every time that we throw something away it doesn’t disappear into thin air. It goes into a landfill and takes up space and the more we continue to throw things away, the more that this waste begins to spread. Ideally, we should reduce the amount of waste we produce as much as possible. One of the simplest ways to do this is by repurposing items and buying things used.
Even though sometimes buying something brand new may feel great, you have to ask yourself at what price? You can find something gently used that is not only a fraction of the price but sometimes even better quality than something fresh off the shelf. While this may not be possible for some things, it’s always important to explore used options before new ones if you can.
Reduce Paper and Plastic Waste
You’ve heard of “reduce reuse and recycle,” but are you putting this into action? Anytime you go to the grocery store or even the cafe, avoid taking a cup or bag. Always have a reusable one of your own and you can make a substantial difference on the environment. So in your business, encourage your employees to bring their own utensils and cups and plates as well.
In the event that there are certain items in your workplace that cannot be done without disposable products, ideally, you should opt for ones that are recyclable. While a zero waste lifestyle isn’t always possible in the world of business, reducing your waste is possible if you make the right efforts.
Reduce Energy Conspumption
Using old equipment can be very draining on your energy consumption. Upgrading from more energy efficient technology won’t just reduce your energy bill, but it will also to your part to contribute to a greener earth. From your appliances, to insulating your workspace so that your thermostat doesn’t have to work as hard, to less energy you use the more you’re helping the environment— it’s that simple!