Each year more and more businesses are adopting green practices. There are numerous benefits for businesses who implement environmentally friendly practices, such as tax advantages and saving money, and positive public response. Below are four different ways your business can go green and make a positive impact.
Recycling is crucial in today’s society. It’s important to recycle items such as paper and plastic because the practice adds less waste to landfills. It’s easy for a business to get started with recycling. It’s as simple as setting up recycling cans throughout the organization. Businesses can also get creative with their recycling process. For example, instead of throwing away used and old furniture, businesses can have a contest where employees revamp the furniture for different uses.
Lower Utility Costs
Using LED or CFL light bulbs use less energy and can last up to 20 years. At the same time, they lower your energy bill. Unplugging devices when they’re not in use is also a great way to reduce energy. It may be a good idea for your business to get an energy audit done. An energy audit will help your business develop an energy-efficient plan that is sustainable for the environment.
Implement A Green Space
Landscaping is a fun and great way for your workplace to create a positive impact on the environment. Creating a garden full of plants or even a vegetable garden outside of your building will grab the attention of outsiders and make your employees happier. Studies show that spending time in nature makes people happier. Why not bring nature into the workplace by adding plants to the office space?
Stay Clean With Green
Many offices use harsh chemical cleaners that are toxic to the environment. A great way to make an impact is to buy biodegradable or non-toxic chemicals for use in your office. They only cost about 5% more than regular cleaners but do a lot less harm. Offices can also consider using recyclable kitchen items such as silverware, ceramic plates, and coffee mugs/glasses. Americans throw away over 25 billion styrofoam cups and 2.5 million plastic cups every year. Coffee pods, such as a k-cups create an enormous amount of landfill waste. Using an old-fashioned coffee pot is one of the easiest ways to keep businesses sustainable.