If you’re like most business owners, you’re always looking for new and innovative ways to set yourself apart from the competition. And what is a more impactful differentiator these days than sustainability?
How do you start? Here are some tips:
Carry Out an Energy Audit
Almost every state has local energy programs that help organizations identify and solve energy inefficiencies. They include initiatives such as upgrading insulation, replacing light bulbs, among others.
Eliminate single-use items
You can achieve this by switching to reusable or recyclable items. You can also reduce the number of disposable items you use, including things like plastic water bottles, coffee cups, straws, and utensils. Single-use items, such as paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, and styrofoam containers are wasteful and harmful to the environment.
Some simple solutions include:
- Switching to reusable cups, straws, plates, and utensils in the office cafeteria
- Encouraging employees to bring their own reusable water bottles and coffee mugs
- Installing water bottle refill stations instead of providing disposable water bottles
By digitizing your office, you can reduce your paper usage, save energy and water, and even cut down your carbon footprint. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Go paperless: Use electronic document management systems to store and share files, invest in a good quality scanner so you can digitize any important paper documents and send e-invoices rather than traditional paper invoices.
- Send emails instead of paper memos or letters.
- Use an online project management tool to track tasks and deadlines instead of physical Post-It® notes or whiteboards.
- Have video or audio meetings instead of in-person
Build sustainable partnerships
Develop relationships with vendors who offer eco-friendly products and services and with organizations committed to sustainability initiatives.
It’s not as daunting as you may think to “go green.” Start with the basics and gradually implement more eco-friendly policies as your company grows. By making a few simple changes, you can help reduce your carbon footprint and make a difference for the environment while also boosting your company’s reputation.