It doesn’t matter what business you run; customer perception is changing. Over 55% of surveyed customers would now willingly pay a premium if they knew that a product was environmentally friendly. On top of that is a growing concern about the future of the climate, meaning this figure will only increase.
Talking into account the big-name companies that are already planning for a sustainable future, you only have one sensible option. It’s time for your company to start considering the environment. While you may think that going green will mean splashing the cash, this isn’t the case. Moving to an eco-friendly future will actually save you money.
Ditch Plastic or Paper Cups
The plastic cups you find in the water dispenser of coffee machines are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Encourage your employees to bring a mug and a water bottle, or purchase some cheap ceramic cups for everyone. You will soon get the money back when you don’t have to buy plastic, and it also keeps your office much tidier.
Streamline Your Paper-Printing
Every office has a printer, and it tends to get a lot of use. That’s a lot of waste paper going into the recycle bin! There are a few things you can do to cut down on this and reduce costs while helping the environment. Firstly, a switch to Post-Consumer Waste (PWC) paper can save you up to 50% without changing and printing habits. You could also encourage double-sided printing, and make it the default setting on all your printers and photocopiers.
However, one of the best ways to reduce paper usage is to put as much of your work as you can online. Storing everything in physical form is fast becoming obsolete, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to switch to e-documents. While it can be a pain to transition everything across, once complete, you will soon notice your costs come down.
Cut Back on Business Travel
Fossil fuel usage from airplanes is a significant contributor to climate change and is incredibly expensive to boot. Video conferencing technology has reached a point where there is a little benefit in travelling for face to face conferences, and it’s also free! Switch everything online, and you will save yourself a chunk of money and be environmentally friendly, while still getting the benefits of overseas collaboration.
Improve Your Lighting
Lighting will almost certainly be a significant part of your companies electricity usage. If you haven’t already, switch to the most energy-efficient bulbs available. They may cost a little more up-front, but this soon plays back with the amount of usage they get. You can also set a times on the lighting circuit, or even install motion sensors that only turn the lights on when people are in the building.
If you are creating a physical product, explore ways in which you can cut back the amount of packaging you use. Not only does this reduce waste but it will also save you a whole heap of money in unpurchased material. Even if you only send out a few packages, you can still look at ways to reduce your impact on the environment.You may be able to reuse old packaging on envelopes to send out mail. Anything you can do to reduce waste and save a bit of cash can only be positive.