Taking the steps towards being eco-friendlier is everyone’s responsibility and this includes our businesses. Making some simple changes to become a greener business can be easier than you think and can be mutually beneficial for both the environment and your business.
To help your business and the environment, we’ve put together our top 5 ways a business can become greener.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Implementing a recycling system at work is a must for every business. We are all accustomed to the need and act of recycling, so it is a simple step to encourage at work. In offices there’s plenty of paper waste, so cut back by going digital! If you feel you are unable to be a no paper office, then ensuring double-sided settings on printers and photocopiers are on can greatly help reduce the amount of paper used. To ensure everyone is recycling as much as possible, place labelled recycling bins around the workplace to make it easy for all to make the transition.
Conserving water is not only good for the environment, but it can also help save your business money. According to how-to-save-water.co.uk, the water industry faces a loss of 3 billion litres of water every day in England and Wales. Taking the initiative to check for leaks can prevent such water loss, which can also be the cause of unnecessarily high water bills. Other easily resolvable problems include people keeping the taps running whilst they test for cold drinking water, which can be simply rectified by installing ice cold water coolers, providing cold drinking water instantly.
Encourage Car Sharing and Cycling to Work
Encouraging your employees to cycle to work will not only save on the harmful fumes to the environment but it will also have a positive effect on your employees’ health and wellbeing, including improved vascular health and cognitive function. For those who live too far to cycle to work, suggest a car sharing system on a notice board in the communal space. This again is greatly beneficial for the environment, as well as lowering the amount of carparking spaces needed and strengthening a community culture within your business.
Plant Lots of Greenery
Trees and plants help to act as filters for pollution, creating cleaner, greener air for your employees to breathe. Employees will appreciate the natural surroundings and can greatly improve the appearance of your office from a plain workspace to an inviting place to be.
Swap to Renewable Energy Sources
Making the move to greener energy suppliers can make a massive impact on your carbon footprint. An increasing number of businesses are choosing to power themselves with renewable energy, reducing the use of fossil fuels as well as potentially lowering energy bills!
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