When you’re running a business, and you want to make that business a little (or a lot) greener than it already is, there are a number of ways this can be done. It will depend on the business itself as well as how it is run, but there will always be something you can do to improve the impact your particular company is having on the environment.
There are many benefits to becoming greener. One is that it’s good for the planet, of course; this is a major reason to make these all-important changes.
Another reason is that, if you’re more environmentally-conscious, customers will be happier to use your services because they want to know that they are doing everything they can to help the planet. Plus, you’ll be able to attract great employees because they will know what you are doing and want to work for you.
All in all, it’s well worth becoming greener in your business; here are some of the ways you can do it.
Have an Audit:
Even if you think you have a lot of knowledge about what it takes to be a green company, that doesn’t mean you know everything, and it might be that there are tasks you can complete and processes you can implement that will make your green credentials even better.
This is why having a green audit is a great plan. You can do this yourself by finding a checklist online and looking at what your business does and doesn’t do, and discovering ways to improve what you’re doing in terms of green working. Or you can employ a professional environmental auditor to do the work for you.
Although this will cost you more, it also means that you get the best advice and nothing will be missed, giving you a better outcome overall.
Hire Fewer Staff:
This idea might sound counter-productive because, in order for a business to grow, it needs workers to carry out the important tasks required. Hiring less staff should surely mean that the business becomes less successful and productive?
This might have been the case in the past, but today it’s possible to outsource tasks such as IT to experts who are more efficient and who can ensure your business continues to run smoothly.
When you can outsource instead of hire, you are lowering your carbon footprint because you won’t have anyone commuting to your office; you won’t even need an office. If you do need to hire people, try to have them working remotely as this is much greener.
Replace Old Equipment:
Old equipment can be detrimental to your efforts when it comes to being a more environmentally friendly business.
Although it’s not going to be cost-effective to throw out all your old equipment and machinery in one go and buy more efficient items to replace them if you do it bit by bit with a plan in place and a timeline to follow, then after a year, two years, five years, or whatever that timeframe happens to be, you will no longer have your old equipment, and everything will be greener and more energy-efficient.
You can even save money on your energy bills when you do this, so there are other benefits too.
If you have anything that can be replaced right now, such as old printers and computers, start with these items. Then, as other items need to be replaced, switch them out. Make sure the old items are disposed of responsibly, too – they shouldn’t go to landfill.