It is no secret that we are not becoming more and more environmentally conscious. In order to do your part in saving nature, you don’t have to look far.
In fact, you can start doing this by turning your small business endeavour into a green business. A green business is a business organisation that is environmentally conscious and makes an effort to be sustainable and eco-friendly. Take a look at the following to see what you can do to become that.
An Environmental Audit
Environmental audit services are there to help you become an eco-friendly business. They are companies who will come and suggest you the changes you should do around your office in order to make it more eco-friendly and less harmful on the environment.
However, if you are a starting business, you can first start doing this by yourself until you can afford an outside firm. Check around your workplace and see what the changes you can make are. What gets wasted the most around your office? How efficient is your garbage disposal? How much paper and plastics you use per day and what are the methods you can do to reduce it?
Using recyclable materials for your everyday purposes will make a huge change around the office. BPA-free plastic, biodegradable materials are some such examples. You can also star using recycled raw materials for your projects.
Especially when you have to use paper or cardboard, turning to recycled materials is always an eco-friendly as well as a more aesthetic alternative. If you are used to plastic boxes, try replacing them with cardboard. If you are a dinning place and is used to use paper plates or plastic cups, switch to glass plates (so you will avoid the amount of paper used) and glasses for drinks.
Spread Awareness, Evaluate Challenges
Make the rest of your employees aware of what they can do to contribute. If necessary, you can have a meeting or even an awareness seminar to educate them on the new office practices. At the same time, you can appoint committees to look into the new changes; to see if the employees are following them, and if not, what are the challenges they face with the new system.
This way, you will get to see how effective are your strategies and how you can smooth new eco-friendly strategies into your company culture. You can also get the opinions and ideas of the employees on strategies that would help them function better at a green business.
Provide the Right Facilities
Just educating your staff is not enough. Provide them the necessary facilities that will help them follow green practices. For example, you can invest in some recycling bins and place them around the office. Have spate garbage cans to dispose recyclable materials, bio-degradable materials and other types of garbage.
Limit whatever documents you can into softcopy format so you use less and less paper around the office. Add water dispensersor a mains connected water cooler that you can have around the office so you can reduce the use of plastic bottles.
With the right changes, your business will turn into a green business in no time. Your business will have a minimum effect on the environment and you will also get a good image for itself.