10 Fantastical Key Steps a Small Business Can Take to Become More Eco Friendly!

The movement towards becoming Eco-friendly is gaining momentum. Everywhere you look, from private entities to government charities, the message towards reducing our negative impact on the environment is stronger than ever. This also applies to businesses, whether you’re in charge of a multinational or just a small local firm.

So why should we move towards becoming more Eco-friendly and how can it be achieved? It can all be a little confusing and somewhat daunting. Let’s explore the reasons and exactly how you can implement changes, as even small tweaks to your business can make a difference. .

Why Become Eco-Friendly?

Becoming more Eco-friendly is going to help the environment and that in itself is the right thing to do. Additionally, from a business perspective, it simply makes a lot of sense. You will not only be saving money in many cases, but it’s likely you will get some positive press for helping the environment. This can lead to even more business for your company, which can’t be a bad thing!

How To Become Eco-Friendly

Some business owners have the desire to become a green company, but simply don’t know where to start. The following 10 tips will get you on the right track. They are all very doable and you can start implementing them straight away.

Switch Off!

At the end of each working day, always remember to switch off computers, fax machines, printers and any other appliances. The last person that leaves the office should have a final look around to make sure nothing has been left on. Electricity is not only a drain on the environment, but it costs a pretty penny as well!

Why not use a recycled plastic magnet to stick up a note to remind all members of staff to switch off the lights?

Light Bulb Moment

In addition to the appliances mentioned above, make sure all the lights are switched off as well. Not only that, every light bulb in your office should be of the energy efficient variety. Again, this will save on your bills and helps the environment to boot!

Go Paperless

Do you really need to print that email and Word document? Have a look at your documents before deciding to hit the print key. You will often find that it’s just as easy to look over it on the screen, without wasting precious paper.

Recycled Paper

If you do need to print the document, that’s fine. Just make sure to use recycled paper if you can. It costs a fraction more than the regular variety but it will make an immense impact on the amount of trees that are being cut down. You can buy some great recycled paper notebooks that have the big recycling logo on the front, just to remind your staff to cut down if they can!

Heating and Air Conditioning

Heating and air conditioning lead to some of the largest wastes of energy and gas, resulting in higher costs for the company and a huge environment footprint. Do you really need to have these running? Ask your employees what they prefer and cater to their needs. You may find that you have had the heating or air conditioning on for longer than necessary. Changing the temperature settings by a degree or two can make a difference as well.

Glass for Plastic

Get rid of the dispensable water cups and replace them with glasses, or at least use reusable plastic cups instead. Staff members will be happy to use their own glasses multiple times throughout the day. There are some fantastic recycled mugs you can buy, which add to the overall direction you are trying to take your company in.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Try and see whether you can reduce the overall usage of items that affect the environment. If you can, reuse as much as possible. If you absolutely need to use dispensable items, make sure that they can be recycled if possible. Have recycling points dotted around your office and do a short training session to make sure employees know that they are available and how they should be used.

Reduce Number of Meetings

Modern technology means that travel can often be avoided. Reduce your footprint by increasing the number of conference calls or Skype video calls. You will often find that these work just as well as your old school conference room meeting.

Car Pools and Bikes

If each of your staff members uses a car to get to work, it means that you have a massive carbon footprint as a result. To reduce this, why not suggest people take part in an office car pool instead? You can also try and introduce cycle to work schemes to completely eradicate use of cars.

Think About Company Decisions Carefully

Before taking a major decision that will affect the company, have a look at how the environment may be affected as a result of your direction. See whether you can take steps to minimize the impact on the environment, if at all possible. For example, try using suppliers that also implement Eco-friendly policies.

We suggest having a training day to go over how each member of staff can positively impact the environment. Small changes can lead to huge results, and working together as a team will also help company morale. You can buy a range of recycled products, such as note paper, badges and sticky notes to give the day an environmentally friendly feel! You can also introduce recycled house mats, rulers, coasters and bookmarks to the office, just so that people don't forget the green company idea once the training day has finished.

These are just a few ways that your company can move towards being Eco-friendly. They are all things you can implement almost straight away, without a significant impact on costs. In fact, in most scenarios the company will be saving money as a result!