These days, one of the most important things that customers and clients are looking for in the businesses they use is whether or not you're eco friendly. Climate change is becoming more and more of a headline every week that goes by, and if your company hasn't considered what it can do to be more eco friendly then you may just be falling behind the trend. Here are some tips on how you can make yourself a little more green.
Do Your Research
First and foremost, you need to do your research. You need to know what exactly is expected of you where you live - everywhere has different regulations and expectations and you need to make sure that you fall in with those, otherwise you could be facing a punishment - and a hefty fine is definitely not what you need. You may need to report the carbon and energy emissions that you emit, like with the SECR in the UK which is intended to improve energy efficiency in businesses and companies.
Improve Your Office Environment
Your office environment may be lacking when it comes to eco awareness. Make sure that recycling bins are installed in the kitchens and that there is somewhere for employees to put paper and cardboard that needs to be recycled, in the warehouses as well as the offices. Plants and trees can help to offset your carbon footprint by providing oxygen, and they'll definitely improve the moods of the staff as well. Just make sure that you water them! Try to use plastic as infrequently as you can, and go for office furniture made from renewable materials. However, it is important to bear in mind that single use plastic shouldn't be demonised - it is ableist to ban plastic straws entirely as disabled employees might use them, and many medical supplies like epipens are made from single use plastic.
Consider Remote Working
One way to reduce your company's carbon footprint is to allow your employees to work remotely. This will cut out their commute, meaning that their car won't be contributing to the fumes where you live. It also means that you may be able to have a smaller office as people can hotdesk, so you won't be using as much energy as you might otherwise require. If you need people to be physically in the office, why not encourage them to use public transport, set up a bike hire scheme, or even arrange a car pool?
Use Alternative Energy Sources
Talk to your utility providers to see if it is possible to change where your energy comes from. Installing solar panels on your roof may be expensive short term but in the long term they will absolutely save you money - and sometimes solar panels even generate so much electricity that you might be able to sell it back to the grid. You may also be able to use energy generated from water or wind instead. All of these sources are thoroughly renewable and good for the planet.
Making sure your business is eco friendly doesn't have to be laborious or expensive - these tips should help out.