With everything going on in the world right now, you’d be forgiven if global warming was not at the forefront of your mind. But even when the global pandemic is over, the planet will still be on a trajectory towards environmental disaster.
Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing, sea levels rising, and we are seeing an abundance of plastic polluting the far reaches of the globe, from the deepest part of the ocean to the peak of the highest mountain.
While individuals can make a huge difference if they collectively act to reduce their carbon footprints and household waste, it is governments and businesses where the real change lies. Businesses of all sizes have a monumental impact on climate change, and even if you are a small company, there is a lot you can do to make a change.
Make 2021 the year of environmental responsibility by following these four tips for a more eco-friendly business.
Businesses produce a lot more waste than households, whether it’s paper, food, electronics, packaging, or manufacturing materials. When this waste ends up in landfills, it pollutes the natural environment and can take decades to decompose. Be more responsible with your waste by recycling everything that can be recycled. When it comes to materials like paper, glass, and plastic, it isn’t difficult to comply. But it’s worth doing some research and working out how much of your waste can be recycled sustainably. You’d be surprised. For example, even used cooking oils can be recycled using companies like GF Commodities, rather than pouring it down the drain.
Office workers rely on paper for everything from accounting to drawing up contracts. You might not think the amount is significant, but one office employee uses colossal 10,000 sheets of paper every year. It’s an incredible amount of waste and, considering we live in the digital era, a remarkably unnecessary one. Take your workplace into the modern age by going paperless. Upload all your filing and accounting systems, and never waste a single sheet of paper again.
Implement a green transport scheme
Going eco-friendly isn’t limited to the confines of the office. How your employees get to work is also important. If every single member of the team is driving to work, think of the greenhouse gases this will produce in a single year. Make a difference by encouraging greener modes of travel. This could take the form of a cycle to work scheme or even a carpooling system whereby employees who live nearby can share a ride, thus reducing their emissions by 50%.
Use sustainable suppliers
No matter what industry you are in, you will undoubtedly deal with a range of different suppliers for things like stationery, drinking water, hardware, and other materials. One of the most effective actions you can take is to only use sustainable suppliers who derive all their products from eco-friendly sources. Not only are you supporting green businesses, but by telling your current supplier you are leaving them for a more sustainable supplier, it might get them to think twice about their practices.