We’re living in a world where people are becoming increasingly aware of the impact they have on the planet. Scientific studies are showing that human behavior is, in effect, destroying the planet we live on and slowly making the space uninhabitable for both ourselves and other living beings. When it comes down to it, only we can make the changes that will help to save our planet, as we’re the ones behaving in a manner that is negatively impacting it. Now, many of us are actively making changes in our personal lives. We’re recycling. We’re reducing plastic consumption. We’re trying. But you also need to remember that businesses cause the vast majority of pollution in the world, so it’s important you implement changes to the way your business works too! Here are just a few eco-friendly steps you can take towards making your business a little more green.
Use Paper Bags
Across the world, countries are beginning to put taxes on plastic bags, meaning customers have to fork out more for them and consequently the use of plastic bags is reducing dramatically. Many stores offer sturdier plastic bags that can be used over and over again. But at the end of the day, these are going to break or wear down at some point and still aren’t going to biodegrade. Our aim should be to completely cut down on plastic use and one way you can encourage this is to use paper bags. Paper bags can be strong and you can get printed paper bags, so you needn’t worry about not being able to brand them. Paper bags can be recycled and they also biodegrade, so this is a win-win situation for the customer and the planet!
Try Green Energy
You’re going to have to have energy to fuel your business. Brick and mortar stores require lighting and heating to create a comfortable environment for potential customers to shop in. Even if you work from home and have an Ecommerce store, you’ll still need light and warmth to be able to get your work done. But sadly, a huge number of small businesses rely on fossil fuels to operate. It’s important to remember that fossil fuels are not the only option. There are plenty of companies out there that supply green energy and you can see entire countries (like Scotland or Iceland) operating purely on eco-friendly energy. So, why not join the energy revolution! You might even want to consider installing solar panels on your business’ roof and generating your own energy if you live somewhere with optimum conditions.
Just as you recycle at home, you should have recycling bins in your workplace. This will ensure that as much waste gets recycled as possible. If you have employees, encourage them to put their waste in the right bins. It’s simple.
Making your business green really doesn’t have to be hard work. There are many simple steps you can take to guide your business down the right path! These are just a few you might want to take into consideration!