Going green can do more for your company than just boost your public image. Green business practices also make good financial sense. While your focus may primarily be on the bottom line, as far as anyone else is concerned you are just trying to do your part to help the environment. Being ecologically conscious is good for the economy as well as the Earth.
The fastest way to reduce the amount of trash and waste that you have is to reduce what you start off with. Check out your entire operation and carefully evaluate what is being wasted. If there is scrap leftover, then there is money being thrown away. Check and see if you could save money, and emissions, in your shipping practices by adjusting the schedules or routes. Take a long look around your office and start to think about how much of the paper you really need.
Scrap or loose paper should be a thing of the past. Fax machines and copiers jam often enough to produce plenty of wrinkled paper that can be cut up and used for phone messages. Both sides of a piece of paper should be used. When it is all said and done that paper should land in the recycling bin, not the waste basket.
Lots of companies are making the move to paperless billing and invoicing. Not only does it create a lot of waste, it also costs a lot of money to produce the waste. If you are not comfortable jumping in with both feet you could test the water first by offering it as an option to existing clients, customers, or suppliers first. Then gradually make the shift to paperless billing as a standard. While people can still request paper, they will incur additional fees for it.
Wouldn’t you love to cut down the cost of business travel? By reducing the number of trips made for business, you not only save money, but also reduce the emissions that your company creates. If traveling for meetings is a common occurrence between two offices then look into web conferencing. You may have to pay a small fee to set it up, but it will be lower than the cost of paying people to go from one place to another.
Maintaining office space gets expensive. The less office space that you use, the less money it will cost you. By changing some of the jobs on your staff to be available for flexible schedules, or purely telecommute, you can rapidly cut down on the amount of space you need for your office. You could also arrange for people to work in shifts so that office space is shared between people. Not only will you lower energy consumption within the office, but people will not be driving their cars into work everyday. In one swift move you can improve your public image, boost employee morale, help the environment, and save money.
Recycling bins need to be clearly marked and easy to find throughout your building. Before throwing away anything make sure that it does not belong in the recycling bin instead of the trash can. Several cities and communities have instituted steep fines for not recycling.
The availability of tax breaks and grants to businesses wanting to implement environmentally friendly changes is growing at an alarming rate. Green business is the way of the future. It does pay to do the right thing.