Climate change is one of the most important topics in the news today. Consumers are looking to shop from sustainable businesses, and laws are changing to prioritize the environment. If you’re in a creative business, what can you do?
What businesses create the most carbon footprint?
Larger companies are the ones that have to worry about most of these legislative enactments. Those that have large factories or put out a lot of manufactured product tend to also put out the most chemical waste and pollution.
It’s easy to think your small business won’t suffer from future climate change regulations. But as laws are enacted, smaller businesses might get hit the hardest.
What are some signs that I need to update my practices?
If you are an artist or are running a creative business, you should look at the products you are using. Some examples of materials that can be hazardous in large or small amounts are:
- Acrylic paint, which can’t be washed out into most waterways due to the toxicity levels
- Any other older, not easily found chemicals that might be against EPA regulations now
- Any other type of product that’s not biodegradable.
Looking at what goes into your products and finding alternatives can be a huge step into reducing your company’s carbon footprint. Also, it is always a good idea to keep up to date with the latest laws related to your industry.
What if I can’t change my practices?
It’s not practical for every creative business to change their practices. But you can consider finding and getting rid of hazardous material that can harm our environment. You can also consider donating a portion of your profits to a sustainability effort.