The green way: making your business eco-friendly

A few decades ago, being eco-friendly meant not shaving your armpits, avoiding the use of deodorant and powering your home through positive “vibes” and reconstituted dung. We should all be thankful that we’ve moved on since then.

Now, an increasing number of people look at green energy and natural businesses as a primary factor in their brand loyalty.

And it’s a bandwagon that businesses are leaping on like they were at some sort of Bandwagon Jumping Day (whatever that is) – shopping store giants Tesco plan to cut emissions by half by 2020 from all its stores and distribution centres, while chemical manufacturers DuPont committed itself to a 65 per cent reduction in emissions in the decade prior to 2010.

Just like Kermit the Frog didn’t say, it’s not easy being green if you’re a small business – but it is becoming increasingly necessary, especially if you want to keep up with the big boys. The main problem is, however, the high cost of converting your stumbling, gas driven, Victorian-style workhouse workplace into a green and eco-friendly vision of the future.

Here are a few tips on doing just that.

Remove that deadweight

In the green and pleasant workplaces of the future, energy efficiency is key, so invest in gas meter removal from a reputable company to take out that old meter and replace it with one that has optimal efficiency.

Do this and you’ll have the deadweight of an outdated meter gone from your business, replacing your energy output at its very foundation.

Get with the program

Recycling programs are, according to national newspaper The Guardian, still the most effective way of creating a green business. But getting some employees to follow them can be like asking them to visit a gulag for a week. These lazy, anti-eco sorts will trudge their feet to a recycling bin as though it was a pot of acid ready to burn them.

What you have to do is implement a culture of recycling that will align being environmentally friendly with the positive aspects of your business.

If you’re feeling especially enthused about recycling, you could even consider gamifying your recycling program, handing out mini-rewards for a department with the best green record.

Reuse, reuse, reuse

Outside of a recycling program, you could save a ton of cash by simply reusing products around the office.

Tempted to chuck that printer cartridge? Just refill it instead. Only printing on one side of a bit of paper? Print on both sides.

More than this, just use basic common sense. Turn out lights before you leave your office and make sure computers aren’t switched on needlessly and sapping your power. It’s the little things that count in the eco world, so make sure you’re saving money by lowering your carbon footprint.

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