How to green your business
Going "green" has become far more then a popular trend, it has become a way of doing business. Business owners have to come to recognize that operating a green business, is not only good for the environment, but good for their business's bottom line, because conserving resources and cutting down on waste saves money. The good news is that whether you run a home-based business or an off-site enterprise, there are simple things you can do to run an environmentally friendly business.
When most people think about being green, they think about recycling. It is important for business owners to understand that while recycling is environmentally friendly, and recycling is important, there are many other aspects to making your business green. Recycling is only one part, of the environmentally friendly business equation. Business owners can also take a large step, towards being more environmentally friendly, by reducing the amounts of waste in our offices and business operations.
If you have decided that to implement green business practices, in your company, here are some tips to get you started. Remember when it comes to environmentally friendly business practices, and then even a small change can make a big difference.
- Institute procedure to make sure that equipment is turned off when it's not being used. You may be surprised to learn that this can reduce the energy, used by 25 percent. In addition, turning off the computers at the end of the day, can save an additional 50 percent. On top of being green this can also help insure better computer security.
- Encourage your employees to communication by email. They should also read email messages onscreen to determine whether it is really necessary to print them. Institute practices to only print things that you must absolutely have a hard copy of.
- Train employees to reduce fax-related paper waste, by using a fax-modem and by using a fax cover sheet only when it is necessary. Fax-modems allow documents to be sent directly from a computer, without requiring a printed hard copy, and they are affordable. If you need to you can retrofit existing computers with fax modems, for not a lot of money.
- Make sure that employees produce double-sided documents whenever possible. This simple rule can significantly cut down on the amount of paper that is used. In addition, make use of scrap paper, for notes, messages etc.
- Make sure that all faucets are not dripping. Everyone should be trained to close faucets after using. This simple method can save significantly on the amount of water that is wasted, and reduce costs as well.
- Install displacement toilet dams in toilet reservoirs. Placing one or two plastic containers filled with stones [not bricks] in the toilet's reservoir will displace a huge amount per year and save significantly on the amount of water used over the course of a year.
- Find a supply of paper with maximum available recycled content. Many paper manufacturers are making this type of paper more readily available.
- Look for suppliers who take back packaging for reuse. More suppliers are offering discounts, for recycled packaging as this saves them money as well.
- Make going green an ongoing process. You can continually be searching, for "greener" products and services in the local community. Remember that the further your supplies or service providers have to travel, the more energy will be used to get them to you.
- Before deciding whether you need to purchase new office furniture, see if your existing office furniture can be refurbished. Keep in mind that it is less expensive, than buying new, and better for the environment.