Making your business “greener” may result in adding more revenue to your business’ budget. A recent study indicates that nearly half of American consumers say they would prefer to shop at a business that tried to minimize its negative impact on the environment. If you’re a business owner, there are small steps that you can take to make your business green, which opens you up to a larger customer base.
Create alternatives to single-use products
In 2017, Americans produced more than 267 million tons of trash. A large portion of that daily garbage load stemmed from single-use food and drink items bought at convenience stores. As a business owner, you can put drink and snack options in the break rooms and cafeteria of your business that don’t rely on single-use items, which land in the trash almost immediately.
You don’t have to completely change the way that your business operates to go green. Instead, you can source many of the goods and materials that you need to operate from companies that produce them in a sustainable fashion. As the business owner, it’s your responsibility to choose where you get the supplies necessary to run your business. That means that you can choose to shop from companies that produce those items in an environmentally friendly manner.
Reduce water use
Even if your business operates in an area that is not impacted by drought, reducing your water usage is an important step in going green. Making sure that plumbing issues are repaired quickly and correctly not only reduces your amount of wasted water, but it also cuts down on the amount you spend on water bills. You can also invest in water-efficient toilets and sinks.
In some cases, implementing energy efficient policies and procedures at your business can entitle you to tax breaks. A business law attorney may explain more about the financial benefits of making your business environmentally friendly.