eco friendly

Hoping to turn your business into a more eco-friendly brand?

Saving the planet to keep it habitable not only for humans but for every living thing is a top priority for consumers and governments around the world. It’s time for every business to do their part too.

It’s not simply about saving the planet, either. Keep in mind that consumers prefer to shop with eco-friendly businesses compared to those with a high carbon footprint. 

You can help the world and boost your business at the same time. Of course, knocking two birds with one stone is easier said than done. Fortunately, we’ve got a guide below to show you some ways to achieve this goal:

Switching to Renewable Energy

Let’s start by tackling the most common first choice when it comes to going green: shifting to sustainable energy. This is when a house or business no longer relies on energy derived from fossil fuels like coal. Instead, you’ll generate electricity from limitless sources such as solar power, wind, and water currents.

Solar power is the most viable of these choices. There are many solar power installation companies, and the technology continues to improve with each year. 

Installation and maintenance can cost a bit. Over time, however, you will begin to see a financial advantage.

You won’t spend on traditional electricity, reducing your monthly utility expenses. These savings pile up over the years and eventually outpaces the initial cost of installation.

If you generate more energy than you need, it will automatically feed into the local electric grid. You’ll gain credits that allow you to freely use electricity from the grid.

Green Energy Technology

Adapting to solar power isn’t the only big move your business can take. There are a few others that also cost a lot but are equally profitable in the long run. One such step is to switch to green energy technology and appliances.

For example, you can replace all the traditional incandescent bulbs in your office with modern LED ones. These consume less electricity, and they require less heat to light up. This means you help the environment, spend less, and reduce the risk of fires too.

Got a kitchen or lounge in the office? Look for refrigerators with an energy-efficient rating. You can also find coffee makers, microwaves, and toasters that consume less energy than others.

Do you still have to use physical paper for some documents? Use a staple-free stapler instead of a traditional one. These products cut and fold documents together, eliminating the need for disposable metal staples.

Modern Bathrooms

Green technology extends beyond the office and lounge. There’s more to it than simply relying on solar energy for electricity. Protecting the Earth also involves reducing your carbon footprint in the atmosphere and consuming less freshwater.

If you can, renovate your office bathroom to use low-flow toilets. These use less water per flush. This saves gallons of water per year.

Try to invest in waterless urinals too.

Instead of flushing the urinal with water, these rely on gravity and water displacement. Urine goes down into a trap valve, where a chemical denser than water rises. This rising action pushes the urine down into the pipe and sewage system below.

Install infrared sensors for the sinks. This ensures people won’t consume too much water when washing their hands. It also stops people from accidentally leaving the faucets running.

You can also use sensors if you offer paper towels instead of a heat dryer. 

Recycle Everything You Can

Before you throw anything out, check if you can recycle it. Always remember that you can recycle or reuse almost anything out of a trash bin. There’s always some raw material that you or others could take and repurpose.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the time to do any of this.

Simply replace trash bins with recycle bins and make sure to keep everything segregated. At the very least, separate metal from plastic and paper. You can then send these out weekly to recycle centers.

Not sure what to do with chemical items and biodegradable trash like leftover food? 

For the chemicals, you’ll need to inquire about your local area’s hazmat protocols. There are some chemicals you can simply dump down the sink, but others require careful disposal. 

In regards to biodegradable trash, throw them into a compost bin. You don’t even need to use the compost. Simply donate the compost to a farm or any other establishment or organization that accepts compost.

Use Refillable Items

Encourage your employees to use refillable items instead of using disposable ones. Coffee mugs are a good example. Instead of using disposable styrofoam cups for their morning drinks, encourage them to bring a coffee tumbler or use actual mugs in the office.

This also applies to printers. Instead of buying disposable ink cartridges, get the new ones that require you to refill the ink. They’re a little more expensive, but they’re easier to use and refill.

Most of the work is online, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for pens. People still need to sign documents, like receipts, forms, and contracts. Avoid using traditional, disposable pens.

Pens alone account for billions of tons of plastic in landfills. That’s a huge amount of plastic that you can avoid contributing to by using pens with refillable ink.

Why not give these items out during a team-building event or at a trade fair? You’ll not only be able to expose your brand but also inform the public that your business is environment-friendly.

Digital Instead of Print

As much as you can, switch to a digital platform. Rely on PDF and Word documents instead of print. Use a cloud server for storage instead of using traditional file cabinets and paper files. 

The same should go for things you use to keep notes, announcements, training materials, and even receipts. If possible, stick with digital outlets. Ask applicants to submit PDF resumes instead of physical ones, encouraging people to go green before they even work for your business.

Use a team management app or a robust chat app like Discord to organize your team and post important business announcements. This can reduce the amount of physical print you use.

Of course, it’s impossible to stop using physical paper entirely.

Instead of throwing paper into the bin, however, recycle it. If you need to shred documents, add them to your compost pile since most recycling areas won’t accept shredded paper.

Don’t use traditional business cards. Create a digital one and then link it to a QR code. Whenever you need to give a card to someone, let them scan the QR code instead.

Environmentally Friendly Packaging

Does your business focus on selling physical products? Take that aspect and turn it into an opportunity to further cement your brand as an eco-friendly establishment. Use environment-friendly packaging instead of relying on plastic.

Use biodegradable food packaging, for example. When thrown out by customers, these boxes and more will become compost materials. These packaging materials use starch, gelatin, and polylactic acid, ensuring that they easily decompose upon disposal. 

If you have a physical store, advertise to your customers to bring their own shopping bags. This can cut down the need for disposable plastic bags or paper bags. Sell cloth bags or folding eco-bags and remind customers to reuse them the next time they shop.

Boosting Climate Change Awareness

Increasing awareness is one of the biggest steps your business can do to help save the environment. Becoming an advocate of a greener future already helps make your business more eco-friendly. Unlike individual people, your business has a wide reach, both physically and online. 

Think of how many hundreds or thousands of people you can influence with a single post on Instagram or Twitter. Not everyone online might know about an eco-walk or fundraising event. They could discover by following your business on social media.

Is there a viral video going around online, hoping to raise awareness about climate change? Participate and hop on the trend. Let people know more about it by discussing it on your business’s social media outlets. 

Participate online when it’s Earth Day or announce a recycle and reuse donation drive. This will generate awareness, and it’ll boost your company’s reputation too! Doing this might convince people to check out your business when they normally wouldn’t.

Fundraising Events

Don’t stop with boosting awareness. Take time to also host your own fundraising events. Get people in the community involved to help plant trees, invest in solar panels for residential areas, or fund a recycling network in the neighborhood.

Sponsor a donation drive. Your business could host something like a battle of the bands and earn from merchandise, ticket sales, and concessions (popcorn, snacks, and drinks). Donate the profits to an eco-friendly cause or organization.

Another good idea is to have eco-friendly sales. For a week or month, offer discounts on bulk purchases. State that a certain percentage of the sales will go to eco-drives or organizations.

Is there no eco-drive or event going on?

That shouldn’t stop you from making your business more eco-friendly along with the community. Simply let people know that they can donate to your business, either in person or online. Those donations can then go to an eco-friendly cause at the end of each month.

Work With Other Green Businesses

Form a network with other local businesses that also want to become more nature-friendly. People will immediately see the effort and, as mentioned, will prefer to shop with businesses that do this. Other businesses might even endorse yours because you’re in the same group.

Of course, you don’t want to join forces with all your competitors in the market. Workaround this by networking with eco-friendly businesses that focus on a different niche than yours. If your business sells video games, for example, partner with a business that sells clothes or with a local cafe.

Now you both have something to offer to your customers without harming each other’s sales. At the same time, you’re both promoting each other’s green-future cause.

Hiring Remote Employees

When possible, allow some of your employees to work from home. Remote employees handle their own electric and trash consumption. Fewer people in your office or shop means fewer people consuming resources.

There will be less water used for flushing, fewer computers running, and less trash. You’ll consume less electricity from lights and office appliances too.

Don’t fret about production and communication. There are many ways to get work done, even with some employees physically there and others handling work remotely.

You can use tools like Slack or Discord for communication, file sharing, video conferences, and more. Use something like Google Drive to store documents and other files. 

Build a Green Business Plan

Remember that at the end of the day, your goal is to cut down on the pollution your business contributes. Use online tools to determine your business’s current carbon footprint. That’s your current starting point.

Design a green business plan, incorporating all the steps listed above, and calculate how far you could reduce your carbon footprint in five or ten years. Follow that goal and try to exceed it.

Let your consumers know about this target. This may convince some to even help you hit that goal.

Run an Eco-Friendly Business Today

Now you know what it takes to run an eco-friendly business. Follow these tips so your business can reduce its carbon footprint and help save the planet! Doing so will boost your brand’s reputation, too, making every investment on this list profitable in the long run!

Of course, you shouldn’t stop with these tips.

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