People around the world are becoming increasingly ethical with their lifestyle choices. We can see the hugely detrimental impact human behaviour is having on the planet and we’re becoming fearful for our futures and the future of the planet we live on. Huge change needs to be made in the way we live and many advocates and activists are constantly reminding us of the catastrophic direction we are taking if we continue living in a non-eco-friendly manner. If you’re a small business owner, you need to start taking steps towards making sure that your company is having some sort of positive impact on the world. If not a positive impact, you can at least avoid having a detrimental impact on the planet you’re living on. One huge step you need to take immediately is to make your company as eco-friendly as possible. Here are a few steps you can take to achieve this.
Reduce Your Paper Consumption
Save the rainforests! Of course, paper is preferable to non biodegradable materials like plastics, so you will want to switch out plastic for paper where necessary. But often, with the improvement of technology, you can switch many paper documents to online documents and not use plastic and reduce your business’ paper consumption altogether! The average small business will get through a lot of paper on a day to day basis, so this simple switch of storing files and documents electronically can make a huge difference. If you do need to use paper for anything, consider using recycled papers. This has a smaller environmental impact than brand new paper.
Try Green Energy
Your business is going to use energy. But so many businesses rely solely on fossile fuels to operate. Sure, there may be situations where you need to use oil and fossil fuels. But it’s important to remember that in many instances, these really aren’t the only option out there when it comes to fuelling and running your company. Consider some of the alternatives and green energy options. These can include energy derived from solar panels and wind power. They’re easily accessible and make the world of difference!
Implement CSR Clauses Into Contracts
Many businesses work with other businesses and these other businesses may not be as environmentally dedicated as you are. For situations like these, try incorporating some CSR clauses into your contracts with them. CSR is an acronym for corporate social responsibility. CSR clauses can guarantee that companies you’re working with have to work in an eco-friendly way – at least as long as they’re working with you.
Chances are you’re taking so many other steps in your personal life in order to help the planet, but you need to implement these changes in your business too! The simple steps that are outlined above can really make a huge difference and really easy to implement, so don’t avoid them! Make your business green! The planet and future generations will thank you for it!