Businesses that make a commitment to more environmentally friendly practices can benefit from both short-term and long-term savings, better employee engagement and significant PR opportunities.

While you may have a general idea of ways to go green, you might be wondering what are some business-specific green practices?

Here are 6 easy-to-implement ideas for running a green business that you can put into practice right now to make your workplace more environmentally friendly.

1.Power down

Turn off equipment when it’s not being used. Leaving our computers on at the end of the day is a bad habit many of us are guilty of.

What you might not know, is that by turning devices off, you can reduce energy used by 25 per cent.Switching computers off at the end of the day can save you an additional 50 per cent!

2. Switch Lights off

Did you know lighting could account for up to 40 per cent of an office’s energy consumption?

By turning lights off at the end of the day or installing motion-sensitive switches you can conserve energy and save money.

3. Recycle

It’s not just about recycling containers. Some great recycling programs to implement in your small business include:

  • Educating employees on how to recycle correctly and explain how different materials find new uses.
  • Set personal recycling goals, such as reaching a 50% recycling rate in 3 months to motivate your team.

4. Cut down paper wastage

Try creating a more paperless office and encourage employees to make use of technology instead of printing. Some paper saving approaches include:

  • Reducing font size when printing
  • Encouraging communications by email
  • Producing double-sided documents

5. Remote working

Allow certain employees to work from home, part-time, to reduce commuting costs. For employees that need to be on site or in the office, try promoting eco-friendly commuting options by subsidising their transport costs.

6. Get involved

Creating a green business is a commitment. Apart from setting up an eco-friendly workplace, encourage participation in green events. Try getting involved in events that everyone in the office can participate in:

  • Devoting one workday each quarter to helping green causes
  • Community clean up days

Running a green business is not only good for the environment, but also for your business. Cutting down on waste and conserving resources saves you money.

Going green is also a great way to boost your team’s morale, and once your business commits to creating a more environmentally friendly enterprise, you may find employees present more creative ideas around the subject.

Make use of the resources already available for you and keep your team motivated around greener practices in the workplace.

Also read: Energy use in industry: electricity and energy manufacturing

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