Businesses create a lot of pollution. In fact, activities done in the name of commerce and industry have probably contributed to the lion’s share of pollution that has been released into the air, land and water. As such, business owners have a responsibility to try to keep their impact on the Earth as small as possible. If you are a new business owner, there are a number of things you can do to make your company green.
If there is one thing that is harmful to the environment, it is the clearing of forests. Trees are needed to recycle carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen, and they also provide important ecosystems for endangered wildlife. Thankfully, in today’s very computer and internet driven world, there really isn’t a need for paper to be used in offices or most business settings. Memos, documents and correspondence can all be created without a single sheet of paper. Going paperless will also slash overhead expense a great deal.
Switch to Energy Efficient Light Fixtures
Traditional incandescent light bulbs use a lot of energy. They also don’t last long either. If you want to be greener and save some money simultaneously, switch to more energy efficient choices like CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs or LED (Light Emitting Diode) light fixtures. The cost savings on utilities you will experience will quickly add up.
Comply with Environmental Laws and Regulations
There are a good deal of laws, regulations and standards in place that dictate how business operations can impact the environment. In general, the regulatory framework for business in regards to the environment is rather massive and can be difficult for a layperson to sift through let alone comply to. It may be a good idea to hire experts to help you comply. Search for an environmental law practice with experience in your industry.
Create a Car Pool Program
Automobiles release a lot of carbon dioxide and pollution into the atmosphere. Drivers who commute to and from work each day are a huge contributor to this pollution. If you want to find another way to lower your business’s carbon footprint, instituting a car pool program is a great idea. It will save your employees plenty in gas money each year as well. Additionally, you can provide incentives for your employees to take public transportation.
Businesses perform important functions for society. They should also be responsible. This is especially the case in regards to how they impact the environment. Consider different ways your business can be greener so it produces as little harm as possible.