Environmentally Concerned? 4 Unique Ways Your Business Can Become Greener
By Hannah Whittenly
Running an ethical business means paying attention to how your business contributes to pollution in the world. By taking a pro-active stance towards minimizing pollution, your business can serve as a positive force for the protection of the environment. Companies that offer environmental programs are viewed as more ethical by customers. The choices you make can also instill a sense a pride in your workforce, as they can feel good about working for a company that places a priority on environmentally-friendly policies.
Burning Biomass Waste
Biomass is any substance that releases carbon during the decomposition process. This could include peanuts, wood, paper and other combustible sources. By taking these materials and burning them using a kiln and a process known as pyrolysis, it’s possible to char the product and then bury the substance in the ground. The soil ends up locking the carbon into the soil, which can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The resulting substance is known as biochar or green coal. Doing this can keep the carbon locked in for 100 years or more.
Say No to Bottled Water
Bring back the drinking fountain in your business. Drinking fountains can help reduce the impact of plastic bottles. Add a UV filter on the drinking fountain and provide a spigot for your employees to refill their own BPA-free bottles, and you’ll succeed in reducing the amount of plastic your employees waste while doing something great for the environment.
Calculations While You Sleep
Harvard University needs your help. Most computers today are so powerful that they only use a fraction of their processing power to complete tasks. The extra processing power can be lent to Harvard researchers to run some complex calculations in the background. Your idle computer cycles can aid Harvard in their attempt to solve problems related to molecular mechanics. The computers that Harvard currently has available would take more than two decades to complete on their own. This can help reduce energy consumption since your business computers are already being used, and Harvard may be able to complete their calculations in less than three years.
Participate in Precycling
Consumers are starting to look for products that use less packaging material. Your company can help them find what they need by providing products that are already minimally packaged. This helps reduce trash in our landfills, and it can also help your business to boost its profits. Part of the concept of precycling includes the business taking steps to use less and reduce the environmental impact associated with production.
Think About the Building Itself
Do you know how much energy it takes for one business office building to run? Honestly, the answer to that question depends on the business type and the size, but it is most definitely a lot. That is why certain environment-friendly decisions should be made before the office building is built. The glass that is used, for example, could be made more efficient. With the use of screen printing, like Schilling Graphics does with glass, it can help increase the building’s solar performance—decreasing energy use and potentially saving money.
By taking steps now to make your business more environmentally-friendly, you can increase the morale of your employees, do something good for the world and impress your customers. Get creative and think of new ways to promote your company. Think of a novel new way to save the environment and your customers will take notice.