5 Tips to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly
There are so many ways that we can make our businesses more sustainable, but a good place to start is by doing an audit of your workplace.
When auditing your business through the lens of sustainability, consider your office procedures and processes, your supply chain, and the packaging you use. Take time to brainstorm ways that you can make each of these more eco-friendly.
Here’s a list to help you get started on your sustainable business journey.
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Power Down at the End of the Day
While it’s so easy to leave the light and your computers on, or forget to shut the heating and cooling off when leaving the office for the day, these are some of the simplest ways that you and your team can be more intentionally sustainable in your business.
Try implementing a checklist of things to switch off at the end of the day, and tape it to the back door for the last person leaving to see and be reminded of. Not only will this help the environment, but it’ll also save you money!
Create a Green Office Space
Creating a greener office space can easily be achieved just by being more conscious of what you’re using.
When buying office supplies, make smart choices, and whenever possible, recycle or upcycle. Just think, if everyone printed their business cards on recycled paper, over 5 million trees would be left standing every year!
There are a lot of things you can do to create a greener office, but here are a couple of ideas to get you started: use chemical free cleaning products, buy stationery made of recycled paper, or go paperless all together, use recycled lightbulbs, keep a few mugs and dishes in your office kitchen instead of single-use plastics, and encourage your team to bring their own reusable coffee-cups to work.
Offset your Carbon Footprint
It’s really not hard to do! It’ll probably only take you ten minutes, but it will make an impact.
Basically what this means is that you’re compensating your businesses emissions by donating to an offsetting project that combats climate change, and therefore balancing your business’s carbon footprint.
Have a quick look online and find an offsetting project that you’re passionate about and donate to it yearly. It can be planting trees, optimizing energy efficiency, or something else.
It doesn’t matter how big or small your business is, the important thing is that you’re being a part of the solution. Remember, millions of small businesses can create a big footprint.
Be Mindful When Printing
Avoid printing unnecessary materials, and consider whether you really need to print something, or if you can reference or use it on the computer. Try taking notes digitally rather than on paper, there are tons of great note-taking apps and websites these days!
If you really do need to print something, do it right. Use re-fillable printer cartridges and/or recycle your ink cartridges to continue being environmentally conscious, and have a recycling bin nearby so that you can recycle the paper when you’re done with it. Make sure you and your team understand what is and what isn’t recyclable, so that there are no mistakes.
Audit your packaging
Remember, we’re all on a journey to being more sustainable, so don’t worry if there are still some plastic or non-recyclable elements in your products. The biggest thing that you can do today is start to make the necessary changes.
There are so many great options today in regards to packaging, that are probably not much more expansive than what you’re already using, like recycled filling, up-cycled boxes and packaging, green wrap, brown twine, corrugated cardboard, compostable packaging peanuts and compostable mailers.
If you still have a lot of plastic or non-recyclable packaging to use, continue using it so that it doesn’t go to waste, but next time you’re ordering your packaging materials, order a more sustainable option.
Bonus: Give Back!
Supporting a charity is a really rewarding way to give back and support your community.
You may be thinking that your business is brand new, and you don’t have extra money to give, and that’s okay! Start small, and as your business grows, make it your mission and be intentional about giving more. Right now Flourish Wildly is a member of 1% for the Planet, but as we revisit our sustainability goals for this coming year, we plan to add an additional charity and increase our total percentage of what we give to 10% by the end of the year.
Consider your own sustainable business plan and choose a charity that your business is passionate about and that aligns with you and your business’s values and goals.
If you’d like to look into more ways that you can make your business more sustainable, take a look at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Their hope is that all people, businesses, and governments will be following these 17 goals by 2030. Small actions do add up and can have a large impact!
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