If you’re looking for additional ways to make your company stand out from growing competition, consider becoming more environmentally friendly. We know that we should aim to be more green-conscious, but we are often clouded by the idea that it would be too expensive or difficult to achieve. Think again. Here are some simple ways to begin your business sustainability program.
Integrate the idea of going green into your company culture. If you want your company to be more green, your first step is to align everyone with the same vision. Making it fun by creating efficiency goals and celebrating their success is a great way to get people involved in the movement. Host a luncheon for your team to show them the importance of your new sustainability program and gather ideas on how your company is going to achieve this goal. You’ll be surprised by how many people are as excited about this as you are.
Switch out your light bulbs for LEDs. Standard incandescent light bulbs contain mercury and other toxic gases that are harmful to the environment. LED lights come at a greater initial cost but will last much longer, giving you a better return on your investment while being green friendly. Check out this calculator to see how much your company could be saving over time.
Do away with plastic bottles. According to Global News, it’s estimated that 30 million plastic water bottles, each day, are not being recycled. Installing a water filtration system in your office will encourage your employees to use reusable bottles or cups while still providing them with fresh, clean water to drink.
Recycle and reuse. Stop the habit of throwing papers, plastics, and glass into the trash bin. Make sure your employees have easy access to recycling bins. When purchasing office items such as paper and ink cartridges, look to buy recycled items. Also, if you’re looking for new office furniture, consider buying used furniture from places like Craigslist or eBay.
Switch to biodegradable cleaning products. Much like purchasing LED lights, buying green cleaning products can be pricey; however, most of these products are very concentrated and can last much longer. These products tend to reduce allergic reactions, are not harsh on the skin and contribute to a healthier planet without unnecessary chemicals.
Sustainability is not a single individual effort. In order to see change, you must find a way to have everyone participate. Leaderships skills can also be used for sustainable agendas and ensuring your team is part of this change is key. Make a commitment to yourself, your team, your company and the environment.