There are plenty of ways to either create an eco-based business or turn your existing business into one. By having a business that is focused on green ethics, you can reduce your environmental footprint and preserve nature and the earth at the same time. Even better, it can help save you money, which is generally an area that businesses like to focus on.
When managing and working with an eco-business, it is important to realize the amount of waste a typical business goes through. The first mode of conduct would ideally be to reduce your resources. This can easily be done by avoiding using excess materials, reducing paper needs, reusing scrap paper, and recycle any shredded materials. Depending on the size of your staff, it just might require a few changes around the office (such as replacing waste bins with recycle bins), and designating specific bins for reusable scraps, such as note taking and memo writing.
There is also that business-savvy element to it; having an eco-friendly business attracts new customers and clients. Working to help the planet is abuzz right now; though it isn’t necessarily done to attract new customers, having an eco-friendly business, well, attracts new customers! It helps you start apart from your competitors, maintains existing clientele by offering something fresh and “now”, and gains new customers who want a business who practices a similar mantra to their own.
If you’re looking for more guidance in this area, there are many options, and doing your homework, exploring businesses, delving into Businessman video profiles, and exploring various sources is the first step to getting you there.
A significant challenge for some business owners is exploring your impact with your carbon footprint. There are plenty of calculators online to see how you relate to the carbon price, but there are also many ways to reduce the impact that occurs on your business from higher costs due to the carbon tax. The first step is to conduct an energy audit to effectively measure your business’ carbon footprint, which will help you and your team identify ways in which you can reduce its direct energy consumption and cost.
Take the time to review your costs, and determine whether they are direct costs, such as gas, electricity, fuel, and water, and indirect costs, such as travel and extra expenses. Then look at your pricing structure: are there additional costs that might affect your profit margins? If so, think carefully on whether you are increasing your prices, as your customers may or may not be happy with the change, even if to benefit the environment.
Another stepping stone is checking out digitaltips.org, a site from the Consumer Electronics Association that lists resources for you to sell and donate unwanted electronics. Non-functioning computers, fax machines, and copiers can still be reused because, generally, most of their parts are still workable. For those who are privvy to sensitive information, electronics recyclers can often remove any data on parts before reselling them.
Becoming more eco-friendly in your business certainly doesn’t have to be a challenge. In fact, it’s better in a business sense, offering more to the environment, to your staff, to your profits, and to your customers.