It’s a lot easier than you think to go green. A lot of business owners seem to think that being more green and eco-friendly is incredibly troublesome and expensive. But that’s not true at all. In most cases, going green actually means saving money, not spending it.
If you run a small business, you might think that you can’t do anything that will have a significant impact on the well-being of the planet. But you can. If all the small guys get together and stand up for a greener future, eventually the bigger players will follow suit. So, here are 5 great and easy ways in which you can go green today and every day.
I’ve known people in the past who recycle all their paper, cardboard, tins and glass when they’re at home but then don’t bother when they’re at work. This makes no sense at all. It is kind of understandable though. Offices and workplaces can be busy environments, so recycling isn’t always on the top of your priority list.
Make it a priority though! It’s quite easy to get help from local authorities on recycling your waste and it’s just irresponsible to throw away things that could be recycled. You could even recycle old furniture and fittings rather than buying new ones.
Paper costs money. So do phone calls. Cut them out and use the internet and your computer instead. Why send letters or make phone calls when you can send emails? It’s green and money saving.
You can even do the same for greetings and thank you cards. Companies like eco2greetings.com let you design e-cards. Paper can be almost entirely cut out of your office, so save trees and save money at the same time.
Encourage Car Pooling
If your employees all drive to work, they will be emitting a lot of CO2. You, as an employer, can help cut this down by incentivising car pooling. Car pooling is when people share a car to work and take turns driving. You could give people food discounts if they agree to take part in a car pooling scheme.
Turn the Lights Off
Sometimes the best ways to go green are also the easiest. Do you often leave the light on when you walk out of the room? Or light rooms where nobody is even working? Turn them off! It not only saves energy; but also saves you money on your bills. Try energy saving light bulbs as well.
The same can be done for other appliances. Don’t leave the kitchen and office appliances on standby if they’re only being used a couple of times a day.
Add Some Greenery
You might not know this, but adding plants to your office space can have a number of positive effects. First of all it can make your employees more relaxed and at ease. And when your employees are more relaxed, they’re usually more productive too.
Some plants can also absorb pollution from the air and oxygenate the room! What’s not to like about that?