Shrink the Environmental Footprint of Your Business by Implementing These 4 Practices

As a business, the operations in the workplace are likely a top priority. Due to the impact that companies can have on the environment, an increasing number of establishments are giving more thought to their environmental footprint. If you want to reduce your effect on the planet as a business, there are a few necessary steps that you can begin taking.

Recycle Electronics

When it’s time to replace your printers or computers in the office, you’ll need to discard the old equipment that is no longer used. Instead of throwing out the items, you can recycle electronics to ensure that the items are repaired, or the parts can be used. You can also replace outdated equipment or appliances with energy-efficient counterparts. Consumer Reports explains how to safe recycle your electronics , “Plenty of nonprofit organizations and local communities offer options to help you recycle old electronics. 

Recycle Paper and Plastic

Begin skipping paper as much as possible by making everything electronic in the office. You can also begin recycling paper in the proper way by preventing contamination from being present in the recycling bin and also recycling any paper that has been shredded. It’s important to separate paper waste from other kinds of trash. Otherwise, according to Fluent Conveyors, “contaminants like dirt and trash liquids can soak into the paper, causing the value and quality of the paper to be reduced. This could result in the recycled paper mill or manufacturer rejecting the load.” Now that’s a real waste!

Promote recycling in the workplace by providing each employee with a recycling bin at their desk. This can limit the amount of waste that is generated. You can also host contests or offer incentives to team members who recycle the most plastic each week to promote the habit and create a green workplace.

Source Responsibly

If you are producing a product that requires using natural resources, it would be smart, not only for the sake of the environment, but also for marketing efforts, to acquire these natural resources in a safe and sustainable way. For example, if producing something akin to kratom powder or CBD oil, products which are often consumed for health purposes, you will want to reassure your customers of where they come, as well as the quality of the resource. To use the example for before, if you look to Kats Botanicals pages on kratom, you will see that it mentions the source of their kratom. You will want to similarly do this with your product.

Reduce Energy 

Limiting the amount of wasted energy that your business generates is one of the many ways that you can begin to reduce your global footprint. This can be done through clever building management systems, renewable energy systems and changing lights to LEDs etc.. Waste energy can also be minimised through reducing packaging, go paperless, and utilize composting programs that are available in your local community to limit how much is discarded each day.

If you’re selling physical products, consider switching to recycled, biodegradable packaging. Corrugated boxes made from recycled paper and cardboard are produced with minimal environmental impact, and will compost more easily than synthetic alternatives. There are several methods for getting your branding onto this type of packaging, so you don’t need to sacrifice branding power when switching to more sustainable packaging.

 

Not only are there many different ways to shrink your environmental footprint, but it’s possible to save more money with a few minor steps taken as a manager or business owner. Remaining conscious of your company’s impact on the earth can allow you to find new ways of being eco-friendly as you continue to succeed in the industry.

Limitless Energy are designers and installers of renewable energy systems in Wales and beyond. We are energy consultants for domestic and commercial projects and can produce reports detailing potential opportunities to help reduce energy consumption and receive financial support.