No matter our line of work, we could all afford to go a little bit more ‘green’. We all have a responsibility to do our duty and protect our planet, but it isn’t exactly a thankless task. We are all being made more aware of just how important it is to preserve the planet and protect our environment – but business goals can get in the way on occasion.
Let’s have a look at the benefits of ‘going green.’
Firstly, people like the fact that business ‘go green.’ It’s a great attempt at boosting your public relations needs and makes your business look like it is taking responsibility. Donating money to green charities and environmental trusts is a great way to start out, while publicly announcing waste recycling and taking charge of community green projects is a great way to move forwards.
Of course, making your business more friendly towards the environment can have a positive financial impact by saving money on carbon emissions. Think of carbon as ‘money wasted’ and see where you can cut down. Simple steps are the best – try switching off your business lighting, tv screens, computers and other equipment when they are not in use to boost your savings right away. Installing insulation in your office can prevent your heating bills from rising and solar panels can ensure that your business is powered thanks to the sun. Just check out the highest, lowest and average solar panel prices before you begin as they do vary!
Of course, there is a rising demand for environmentally conscious businesses, and it is not just from normal ‘green sectors‘ either. The average customer is growing more aware of their carbon footprint as well and will check products to ensure they have a low impact on the environment. The market for green products and companies will always grow from this point forward, and consumers are demanding more and more responsibility from the companies they purchase from.
Other ways to go green? Invest in plant-based catering for your company. Meat is still very much on the menu, but lowering the consumption of beef and dairy in the workplace is one way we can be proactive and responsible for our impact on the environment. This is also good as it encourages the employees working for you to live a much healthier lifestyle.
A big way of better organizing your business and going green? Digitize. You have no need for paper in this day and age so transport all your files to the computer and searchable databases to save you some time and office space. Plus, you won’t need any paper so you’ll be saving a lot of money! If you also have a remote working policy in your business, you’ll save the planet by ensuring your employees don’t commute by car to work on an odd day in the week. There’s enough communication tools on offer to ensure they aren’t missing out, anyway.