Updated: Aug 31, 2021
Did you know that implementing eco-friendly initiatives is not only good for the planet, but also good for profits? Studies show that 66% of consumers would pay more for a product if it came from a sustainable brand and 81% of global consumers feel strongly that companies should help improve the environment.
Switch Off Your PC Or Laptop
Not only is this a quick solution, but it also saves yourbusiness money in the long run. Switching of electrical goods every night will reduce your energy consumption which is great for the planet and your pocket. In addition, shutting down your computer or laptop every day will extend its lifespan, which means fewer expensive replacements in the long run.
2020 showed us all that remote working is possible for a lot of businesses. This switch also highlighted the benefit home working has on the environment. The most impactful reason for this is the reduction in carbon emissions from commuting. Globally, transport accounts for around aquarter of CO2 emissions and three quarters of thisis caused by road vehicles.
If you are not able to completely switch to remote working, is there a more sustainable way your employees can travel to the office?
Going paperless has never been easier. There is a multitude of equipment, applications, and software that can help your business move to digital. Digitisation of physical documentation allows employees to access their work from anywhere, find important documents faster and automate previously time-consuming manual tasks. It may take a little bit of time to set everything up, however in the long run your employees will be more efficient.
Reduce Plastic Use
Did you know that only 9% of plastic eve rproduced has been recycled? Most of the Western world’s recycling is simply shipped overseas and not actually recycled. Through providing unlimited filtered tap water and reusable cutlery in canteens, you can drastically reduce plastic waste in the office. In addition, you can swap your office supplies for more sustainable options or go one bold step further and completely ban single use plastics from the workplace.
Continual improvement is a must when it comes to sustainability. No matter the eco-friendly initiatives you put in place, there will always be more or better ways to do things. Sit down and set some realistic ,achievable targets for your business and share them with your workforce. This not only gives you something to work towards, but also shows your customers that you are committed to becoming more sustainable as a business.