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Friday, September 4, 2020

Greening your Business

Going green is defined as making more environmentally friendly decisions such as to “reduce, reuse and recycle”
Greening your business doesn’t require lowering overall material production, but it does require you to use energy and resources more efficiently, and mitigate existing waste streams. Also means making your business more sustainable.
Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

Green Ideas to make your business more sustainable;

Power your office with alternative energy.  
In many areas of the country you can sign up to purchase “green power” from your current utility provider. Green power is generated from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, geothermal, hydropower and plant matter.  Purchasing green power increases your electric bill by a small percentage, which is used to purchase clean energy that is fed into the electrical grid.

Recycle outside the box.  
In addition to recycling everything that can be recycled, think green when buying or replacing items. Consider purchasing used or vintage office furniture instead of brand new pieces. You can find great deals on barely used office furniture on eBay and Craigslist.

Reduce Water Usage. 
Whether your business is located in a drought-stricken area or not, reducing water use is one obvious way to save money and help conserve valuable environmental resources.
Ways you can reduce water usage on your business premises include:
•Fixing dripping taps, plumbing leaks, and installing low-flow toilets and faucet aerators in your washrooms.
•Moving to a drought-tolerant landscape design, with drip irrigation and rain sensors where necessary.
•Using a high-efficiency pressure washer for cleaning jobs.

Switch to Cloud Computing. 
Cloud computing formats like Google Apps, Apple icloud and Microsoft Office 365 allow employees to share and access information from anywhere, and can reduce the travel costs, carbon emissions, and printing costs of your small business.
Organizing Sustainable Partnerships. As company information is hosted in the cloud, there is no need for your business to purchase and maintain expensive, power-intensive servers.
One of the best ways to make your business more environmentally sustainable is to partner with like-minded people and organizations in your community.
By partnering with groups working near the nexus of local business, government, and environmental concerns, your company can simultaneously gain better insights into where community resources are being wasted, and have a better chance of speaking directly to the concerns of your customers.

Recycle Electronics. 
Keeping your surplus electronic equipment out of the landfill is a great way to help the environment and benefit those in need. Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, with an estimated 48.5 million tons produced in 2018. 
If your business is replacing electronic items such as computers, monitors, tablets, smartphones, or printers, chances are they can be put to good use by schools or charities in your area.
Alternatively, computer manufacturers such as Dell and HP have technology recycling programs that allow credit for trade-ins on used equipment and donation programs for charities. eBay for charity allows listing of used items on eBay with the proceeds going to nonprofits or charities.
Electronics retailers such as BestBuy and Staples also have programs for trading in used electronics for cash or recycling older devices that cannot be reused. Make sure you remove all sensitive information from any devices before you recycle them.

Break the Addiction to Convenience. 
By reducing daily employee habits that revolve around single-use products, companies can reduce their waste production and environmental footprint simultaneously. A good example is the single-cup coffee makers now seen in many offices. A large tin of coffee grounds can produce over a hundred cups of coffee for a fraction of the price of non-recyclable, single-serving coffee pods.
Beyond providing clearly marked recycling bins, examine your office(s) and consider all the ways you can potentially reduce waste. Instead of buying paper cups and plastic water bottles for your employees and customers, encourage people to bring their own cups and refillable water bottles. If you have an office kitchen for employees, compost your kitchen waste in its own bin, and use bulk containers for condiments rather than single-use throwaway servings.
Transitioning from paper towels to hand dryers in kitchen and washroom areas will also make a huge contribution toward a paperless office.

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