If you own a business, you are probably familiar with sustainable solutions.
Considering the recent environmental situation, the issue of sustainability is being actively discussed around the world. In case you’re wondering what actions will make your business more sustainable, have a look at these options.
With big businesses making an ongoing commitment to sustainability, and consumers demanding more sustainable practices of the companies they support, it’s become a key point in the public discourse of what everyone is doing to make their business more eco-friendly. It can be overwhelming but the key can be to start small and work your way to bigger projects.
So here are some simple strategies you can implement in your business to help your company be more sustainable.
1. Increase the use of sustainable products
Do your research and reconsider the purchase of unsustainable products that can be easily replaced by an environmentally friendly alternative. For example, shift from regular bathroom necessities to ones that are made of pre- or post-consumer products. It will ensure that there will be a maintained system and less waste. The same way you should incline towards purchasing cleaning products that are made without toxic chemicals, which will decrease the amount of toxic matter in the streams.
Brands to consider could be ‘Who Gives A Crap’ toilet paper and ‘Earth’s Choice’ cleaning products.
2. Apply the rule of 3R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
It’s not a new concept, but it’s an effective one to focus on.
Reducing, reusing, and recycling resources and products can have an incredible impact and make the world a better place. Not only does this allow people to conserve natural resources and save energy, this principle also prevents pollution.
- Reduce: Examine the aspects in your business that you reduce in consumption. Less disposable cutlery, more ceramic, or any other sustainable option.
- Reuse: Encourage employees to use both sides of the paper used for the printer, keep boxes that you might use when moving offices, and other ways to give things another chance.
- Recycle: In case you can’t reduce and reuse, then recycling can be an effective solution. Place recycling bins around the office(s) for each type of waste to ensure a more organised working environment.
3. Motivate and reward employees: public transportation benefits
Carbon dioxide emissions are known to be one of the main reasons why the world is facing environmental crises. By encouraging your colleagues to use public transportation, it will decrease toxic emissions into the air. If possible, you can find a way to receive subsidised passes for businesses that are provided by transit companies, that will allow you to give your employees some transportation benefits. For instance, systems like Myki and GoCards are well-known in Australia, and they can potentially become a beneficial part of the sustainability plan.
4. Collaborate with other sustainable businesses
By prioritising sustainability in your networking, your business will contribute to the solution of environmental crises. It is important to select the companies you support, as most of them produce toxic waste as a result, which only makes the issue worse. Regardless of how big the company is, every business leaves a mark, hence consider working with businesses who also choose to go green.
At the end of the day, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It is a journey, and no matter the extent of sustainability, it has an impact. Take little steps towards making progress and your business will become more sustainable.