Gordon Gekko, in the movie Wall Street, famously said that greed is good, but that was in the 80s. Now, despite the fact that we still have more than our fair share of greedy business men and women looking to make a quick buck, there has been someone of a sea change, and more people than ever before are turning their attentions to the environment and what we can do to protect it. Eco-friendly businesses have never been more popular, and that means, if you run a business, right now, green is good.
If you can incorporate more green practices into your business, not only will you help the environment, but you’ll increase your credibility and boost your bottom line. Sound good? Here are some simple things you can do to be a little greener right now:
Hire a Food Waste Management Company
If you run a large operation that deals with food, or even if you just have a lot of employees eating a lot of food on the premises, a simple thing you can do to make your operation more sustainable is to use a food waste management company to collect your food waste and turn it into animal feed, liquid fertilizer, biofuel or a million other things that will keep it out of landfill and give it a new purpose. Advertise this fact, and your green customers will be pretty impressed!
Did you know that the average office worker in the United States uses no less than 10,000 sheets of paper each year? That is completely shocking. Not only is it a waste of finite resources, but imagine how much money it costs the average company! Luckily, going green in this area is as simple as not printing anything unless it’s absolutely vital. Use Google Docs to share work online, email colleagues and put the printer out to pasture!
Implement Green Procurement
If you’re serious about going green and you want to market your company as being such, then you simply must implement green procurement practices, which means that you source everything you use during the course of your business from other eco-friendly ethical business. Buying recyclable paper, using components produced locally and ensuring that the food you serve in the canteen is seasonable are all simple ways to start out with this.
Buy Reuseable Cups/Bottles.
If you’re serious about keeping things sustainable, then investing a little in reusable cups and bottles and distributing them to your employees is a great way to encourage their compliance. Print these cups with your company logo and a note about sustainability, and they’ll serve as a great form of advertising too!
Turn the Lights Off
So many businesses, particularly those in the retail sector, leave their lights on even when the place has been closed up for the night. It might be good for evening window shoppers, but it’s terrible for the environment, and their bank balances too, so don’t do it!
These simple changes will undoubtedly help you to go green in the workplace, but they are only the start – if you want to be seriously sustainable, you need to keep doing more and doing better, but you will be rewarded in the form of lower bills, better PR and more sales!