You can go green for many reasons, not the least of which is that it’s better for the environment. But it can also make your business more sustainable and save you money in the long run. Here are some simple ways that entrepreneurs can keep their businesses green.
Make it part of your culture
An essential part of making your business green is making green thinking part of your company culture. Create eco-friendly goals for your team to reach and celebrate successes. Explain how going green is not just for the environment but also for the good of the business, its customers, and the community it’s in. You can also get your team engaged by getting ideas from them on ways to go green.
Ask yourself how much paper you use in your business, both internally and externally. How many of those tasks can be moved online? Being as digitally focused as you can will help reduce your carbon footprint and make your business more convenient for the customer. Typically, US businesses increase their paper usage by 25 percent per year, and most of that paper isn’t recycled properly. So to go green, try to manage as much as your communications, bills, and more through the internet.
Do business with green vendors
Going green extends beyond just your business. It also means doing business with other companies who have the same sustainability standards as you. Conduct interviews with your vendors and other companies you do business with to determine how green they are. Just by affiliating with a non-eco-friendly company, you are causing harm to the environment, and saving the environment is too big a task for anyone business to do on its own. They all have to work together to make an impact.
Reduce energy usage
Contrary to popular belief, renewable energy isn’t some lofty pie-in-the-sky goal. There are many energy-focused startups whose goal is to provide ordinary people with wind or solar energy. Do some research and determine if your business can use one of these more sustainable sources of energy. It will reduce your impact on the environment and save on expensive fossil fuels.