When you start up your own company, you benefit from having a whole lot more control over your workspace and how you go about doing things. This is great on a variety of different personal levels, but you should use this newfound power for more selfless reasons too. Becoming your own boss can mean that you have a whole lot more control over the effects your small business has on the environment! While increased levels of public knowledge concerning climate change and the impact of human activity on the environment have resulted in a conscious effort from individuals to lower their footprint on the Earth, many businesses ignore their responsibility to do the same. But this can change!
While many of us recycle within our own homes, relatively few of us recycle waste associated with our professional practice. This is bizarre, as opting to recycle in the workplace could ensure that the huge amounts of waste that comes from operating a small business can be reused and put to better use! Think of all the waste that your company will go through on a daily basis. From paper waste (such as old contracts, unwanted correspondence, and sample documents) to food waste from your lunch - all of these things could be reused rather than contributing to landfill! Separate all waste into distinct bins for paper, plastic, food waste and general waste. Organise for this to be collected by local authorities or an independent company. If you like, you can compost food waste and sell this on to farmers and gardeners. This doesn't only increase your profit yield by making use of waste products, but it will provide brilliant fertiliser which will encourage the growth of new greenery, flowers and foods.
When expanding your business or launching new products and services, you can always consult environmental advisors who will be able to give you sage pieces of advice regarding the best ways to go about these major steps without harming the environment.
Opt for Sustainable Energy
Your whole company may not be able to run on solar power to start with, but you should use as many types of renewable and sustainable energy throughout your business’ process as possible. This doesn't have to be drastic: you can simply start by purchasing energy efficient light bulbs or recycled paper and eco-friendly inks for your printing. It’s simple but will have positive knock on effects. If you want to go all out, invest in solar panels on the roof of your business. This will allow you to generate your own energy. The plus? Any excess energy produced in particularly sunny times can be sold back to energy companies. Again, this is a great way to make financial profit at the same time as helping the planet!
These simple changes can be incorporated into pretty much any small business, regardless of your field of specialism. So, there’s no excuse to ignore them!