Over time, more consumers have become aware of the environmental impact of their actions and purchases. Therefore, they are also being smarter about the ways in which they interact in the business world.
By making your business more environmentally friendly, you will be able to attract more customers from a wider demographic to your business, by appealing to their moral compass.
Not only that, but you will also have the peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to make your business something to be proud of by helping the planet. So, if you would like to make some eco-friendly changes around your office, here are five tips to help you get started.
Change your lightbulbs
Swapping to LED lighting can make a big difference to your energy expenditure, as well as being better for the environment. While they might cost a little more upfront, unlike regular light bulbs, LED lights don’t contain mercury and other toxic substances, and yet they have the benefit of using a lot less energy and lasting a lot longer.
Cut down on plastic usage
U.S. business generates tons of plastic waste, and even though some of it might be recyclable, it would be better for the environment to cut down on plastic usage altogether. There are certain things you can do to implement this cut-down, such as having a water filtration system in the office, rather than offering bottled water. Whatever plastic you do have to use, make sure you recycle it if you can.
Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
It may seem like a small thing, but generic cleaning products contain lots of harmful chemicals, all of which are contributing to polluting water supplies and are having a negative impact on the environment on a whole. Therefore, it is important to replace all of the chemicals in your office, ranging from soaps to window and surface cleaners, with green brands.
The benefits of this change include having improved health for your employees, and a reduction in allergic reactions from staff with sensitive skin and airways, on top of helping to create a healthier planet.
Create a waste management plan
You will want to make sure that you have the best waste management system in place for your individual business, therefore it is wise to work with a project management company who can advise you on implementing the best strategy. They can undertake a lot of the responsibility when it comes to doing an audit of all of the materials your company is producing, help you to set your objectives, and implementing the final plan.
Reduce energy consumption
Water, electricity and gas usage within your place of work are all elements which contribute to your overall energy consumption.
It is important to monitor how these different elements are used within the building, and look for ways in which you can cut down on your energy usage. For example, in situations where your members of staff are leaving taps running, or lights are left on when a room isn’t in use, energy is being wasted for no reason. Once you can pinpoint these issues, you can then work on fixing the problem.