There are plenty of compelling reasons that a business should consider going green. A recent survey found that 87% of respondents preferred to work with companies that support their beliefs. 76% of respondents cited environmental issues as their primary concern today.
Going green can sound both vague and complicated. What does it mean to go green, and how many practices will you have to overhaul in order to do so?
Fortunately, going green isn’t as big of a mountain to climb as you may think.
Read on for five simple ways that you can take your office and make it more eco-friendly.
1. Go Paperless
Running a meeting? Use an overhead projector or screen-sharing technology to make your talking points available without print-outs.
Sending out a newsletter to clients, investors, or customers? Send it straight to their inbox rather than their mailbox.
Eliminate unnecessary paper use as much as possible.
2. Source Locally
Build community relationships and cut down on your carbon footprint by finding ways that you can use locally sourced goods. Online wholesale shopping can be appealing, but it takes a great deal of packaging and gas to get those products to your doorstep.
If you’re worried about money, talk to local providers of the goods you need about savings packages. See if they’ll offer lower prices when you commit to buying their products in bulk or sign a long-term contract.
3. Green Up Your Supply Closet
Some office supplies have green alternatives that you should consider using. Purchase pens with ink refills to cut down on plastic disposal. Purchase file folders, sticky notes, and other paper products that are made from recycled paper.
Consider eliminating the use of any office supplies that don’t have green alternatives. For example, rubber bands are wasteful products that don’t have a long shelf-life. Consider using binder clips and other reusable products instead.
4. Practice Responsible Travel
Do you and your employees frequently travel for business? Find ways to get around without contributing as much to gas emissions.
For example, consider starting an office carpool service to get to and from work. Heading a few towns over to meet with a client? See if you can find a bus or train to get you there, rather than taking your car.
5. Recycle the Right Way
Recycling is an important step we should all take at home and at work. However, there tends to be a lot of confusion about what can and can’t be recycled, what bins certain items belong in, and how those products should be treated.
Commit to a monthly or weekly office clean out with a responsible recycling service. That way, all of your recycling efforts don’t end up in a landfill.
Go Green Today
Whether you want to go green for the environment or go green to impress your client and customer base, you can start today. These five steps will reduce your office’s carbon footprint without costing you an arm and a leg.
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