If you run a company, you’re probably focused on growing your business and increasing sales. Not a lot of business owners consider the environment.
That’s all changing for the better these days, though. You can see a growing number of customers choosing to go with companies who care about the environment. An online survey conducted last year by Nielson found that 81% of respondents worldwide felt strongly about having companies participate in improving the environment.
Plus, reducing your carbon footprint will not only impress your customers but can save you money as well. Fuller pockets, more happy customers and a better environment is a win-win-win situation all around. You might think, though, “I already recycle and drink from refillable containers to reduce my plastic consumption. What else can I do?” Fortunately, there are several ways that you can give back to Mother Earth to help our ailing environment.
Here’s how to reduce the carbon footprint of your business.
Lots of people buy their IT equipment with peak usage in mind, but they end up using it far less than predicted. This leads to a lot of wasted resources.
For starters, moving to the cloud can do a lot for your business in this area. There is no long-term commitment and you only pay for what you use. You also get to shift seamlessly between onsite and cloud storage, giving your business that much-needed flexibility.
Customers share the benefits of economies of scale and can gain access to better services with cloud providers. These benefits also extend to the environment as data centres use more energy-efficient systems and better technology.
With the technology and tools we have today, there’s no need to be keeping paper records anymore. You’ve likely already replaced most of your traditional mail with email, and it’s not difficult to replace your other paper processes with electronic processes too.
An example is the ability to securely store all your company’s documents online with tools like Google Docs or Dropbox. Plus, everyone at your company can have access to those documents any time they need them.
You can also use an online form builder to replace and streamline several paper processes, as well. With an online form builder, you can create job application forms, donation forms and more as well as store them all in one place. This means there is no need to worry about printing! By putting all of your traditional paper documents online, you’ll not only be reducing your carbon footprint but have a better-organised business too.
With new technology being released constantly, consumers tend to throw their mobile phones, tablets, computers, printers or other “outdated” electronics in the garbage or recycling. This is not the most eco-friendly way to dispose of older devices. Instead, decide if you need the newest and latest technology. If you do and still have e-waste (electronic waste) to dispose of, you need to recycle it properly.
Most of the e-waste generated around the world is from small electronic equipment. Much of this e-waste is shipped to developing countries to “dispose” of. This e-waste is then shredded, burned and dismantled in a way that produces emissions that are unhealthy to humans and the environment.
If you’re done with electronics, be sure to search for the nearest e-waste recycling service in cities near you. Otherwise, there are some recycling services online that specialise in collecting and recycling old electronics properly.
In a traditional office, think of the various ways you and your team may be producing a carbon footprint, including car commuting. A big one is going back and forth to work every day. Reducing the need to commute can reduce your business’ emissions greatly.
You may also be using air conditioners, leaving appliances running and plugged in, using non-energy efficient lighting and more.
A common question for people looking to reduce their carbon footprint is how to avoid practices that are bad for the environment. One solution in some cases is to work remotely. Remote work is seeing great success these days because so many companies are realising how much of a positive impact it has on their environment, quality of work, and how cost-effective it is.
Even if you’re not able to go fully remote, you can work once or twice a week from home. It’s great to start small and see how that progresses. Making small changes like this can add up.
With these tips for how to reduce the carbon footprint of your business, you can rest assured that your business is doing what it can to help the environment. The longer we keep our planet healthy, the better chance we have to avoid disastrous climate change, and the longer your company can stick around and do business.
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