More businesses are going green now due to the increasing number of global trends that call for sustainable business. There is climate change, a booming population, resource depletion, waste problems, environmental degradation, biodiversity issues, and more. Everyone has to contribute to do things that will eliminate or at least reduce its impact on nature.
There are certain steps that you need to walk your business through in order to go green. Understanding what each step means will help you complete the transition process successfully.
1. Learn what it means to be a green business
Being a green business means that you start using renewable resources and be socially responsible. Being green means using sustainable methods that can be used in everyone’s everyday lives. It also means modifying the way your business buys, develops, produces, and offers products and services in a way that it will help the environment. Being green is about paying back whatever you have obtained from the environment’s resources. If you cut down mature trees, make sure to replace them with new seedlings.
If your business is going green, you can also use strategies such as water conservation, solid waste reduction and recycling, energy conservation, and pollution prevention.
2. Reuse and Recycle everything you can.
– Cut down on packaging by buying in bulk.
– Invest in reusable containers to avoid building up waste.
– Look for an organization that wants your business waste.
– Lease your equipment.
– Refill office supplies.
– Install water filters instead of buying water bottles.
– Make double-sided copies.
– Donate your old appliances, furniture and other durable goods to charity.
– Send memos via email or post them on an announcement board.
– Stick to mugs for coffee.
– Use rechargeable batteries.
– Recycle glass, plastic, or paper.
– Buy recyclable products.
– Recycle electronic items, such as laptops and printers, by selling them to larger electronics companies.
3. Learn how going green can save money.
There are a lot of ways going green can save businesses money. You can reduce your utility bills by using energy-efficient light bulbs. You can save money on greener products that are often cheaper and cost-efficient in the long run. Green businesses can also get tax deductions from donating old electronic products and update your office to more energy-efficient electronics. You can opt for digital storage that is cost-efficient and more convenient to use. Some businesses also choose to telecommute that can reduce operating costs and entitle them to a huge tax cut.
4. Develop and implement a green checklist.
Once you have a checklist, it will be easier to take action and create a more significant impact overall. It may include buying fuel efficient company vehicles, teleconferencing, encouraging employees to take the public transit, promoting paperless operations, maintaining equipment, creating a green team, educating employees, and more. It will give the entire organization a boost every time an entry is ticked off the list.
5. Get involved in environmental education and networking.
Once your organization commits to going green, you have to educate your employees about the 3Rs and encourage them to do it starting with small things, such as turning off the lights when they are not in use and setting their computers in power saving mode.
You also need to educate your customers simply by telling them how to use your products or services the green way.
It would make a huge impact if you also adopt a business and help it go green by using your knowledge and experience.
You can convince your supplies to go green too by helping them create a green plan.
Another big-impact move would be to join green organizations advocating for sustainable businesses.
There are actually many things that businesses can do these days to help the environment. You can start within your company by religiously following the 3Rs before spreading the word out to outside parties such as your suppliers, other businesses, and the community in general.