In recent years, there’s been more and more of an emphasis on going green, both for businesses and individuals. Turning your business green is likely something you think you should do, but sounds too expensive and complicated. First of all, going green can in fact save you money in the long run. Secondly, no one’s asking you to do it in one big overhaul! Here are some ways your business can go green.
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First of all, make green attitudes part of your company culture. If you work at ingraining any kind of sentiment into your company culture, it will show in absolutely everything that you do. A lot of your employees are probably already on board with green thinking, so this shouldn’t be all that hard! Create some goals in the way of energy efficiency, and set up some reminders around the office to keep your staff thinking about these aims. Talk about how your green culture develops customer trust, gives back to the community, and the world as a whole. You may even want to offer up some little incentives for meeting quotas.
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Next, have a little wander around your office, and think about anything that could be replaced with a greener alternative. There are countless possibilities here, but one of the easiest is lightbulbs. Businesses are notorious for going through huge amounts of electricity, so switching to some energy-saving lightbulbs is a great way to start your green mission. Yes, they may take about a century to turn on. However, they’ll do a lot less harm to the earth compared to incandescent lights. From there, there are all kinds of things you can probably replace at your business. Try installing a water filtration system, and eliminating the need for bottled water. Eco-friendly materials like remanufactured ink cartridges could also be a good idea. You’ll be surprised at the amount of things you can buy which have been made with the earth in mind. This brings me onto my last point…
From now on, make a point of buying green cleaning materials. Obviously you want to come to work in a clean, pleasant environment. Unfortunately, those floral-scented bottles you give your janitors are often harmful to you, your staff, and the entire environment. You wouldn’t think it with how pure and innocent all their packaging is! Go through all the cleaning materials you’re using right now, and look for green replacements for all of them. Ten years ago, tracking down these substitutes in a young niche would have been pretty difficult. These days however, green products are gaining a lot more momentum, and you should be able to find some great bulk deals. True, in the long run they’re going to be more expensive than your standard cleaning products. However, you’ll have a better guarantee of your employee’s health, as well as that of the whole planet.
Start your green transformation with these little changes. You might feel the pinch early on, but soon it will fit a little more comfortably into your budget.