How Businesses Worldwide Can Be More Environmentally Conscious
By Hannah Whittenly
Many companies are actively looking for solutions that will reduce their environmental impact. This isn’t always easy to do, however, especially when it comes to limited resources or specific business requirements. Fortunately, there are some basic measures that any company can use to “go green”.
Lose the Paper
The world has a huge appetite for paper, from newsprint to greeting cards. With modern digital alternatives, eco-friendly companies have a way to reduce their dependence on paper. File sharing, instant messaging, email, and other tools not only replace paper but are much faster forms of communication. Use email rather than snail mail to stay in touch with partners and customers. If you must print hardcopies, use both sides of the paper. Save your scrap paper for taking notes instead of just tossing it in the trash. By reducing paper use, you’ll both save money and reduce printer energy use.
Look into buying recycled versions of cardboard packaging, toner, coffee filters, and anything else you buy regularly. They’re generally cheaper and reduce the material demands of making entirely new items. You should also start recycling programs within the office. Instead of putting out trash barrels, have recycling bins to separate paper goods, cans, glass, and so forth. Put up motivational posters to encourage your employees. Be sure to contract with a recycling center that will responsibly dispose of harmful waste such as chemicals and electronics.
Use Cloud Services
By accessing your applications over the internet, you reduce your own needs in computer equipment that eventually ends up as e-waste. You’ll reduce your energy needs since you have fewer servers eating up electricity. By switching to cloud-based IT services, you save on upfront costs, server maintenance, and IT staffing needs as well as lower your power usage. Pay-as-you-go cloud services are easier to budget for and allow you to scale up or down as business needs change. Your business will not only save money and become more flexible, but reduce pressure on the environment.
The primary way that businesses can reduce power demands is by installing solar panels. This is an option even for small companies, as modern solar energy systems are more compact, efficient, and affordable than ever. You can have custom solutions designed for your business and your property that power only selected areas or the entire facility. Solar power is free energy that continues saving your money for years to come, while dramatically lowering pollution.
Taking steps to ensure your company is environmentally responsible helps to promote your brand with modern consumers. Rather than a needless expense, you should view green technologies as a means to increase profitability.