Five Easy Ways to Green your Business
Businesses today are responding to the need to go greener. The environment can no longer be overlooked, and Canadians across the country are increasingly paying attention. Not only are they trying to be more environmentally responsible, but they expect the businesses they deal with to do the same. This is why we have compiled some ways for you to incorporate objectives that protect the environment and will make you stand out from your competitors and for your customers.
1. Recycle and reuse paper
The first step is sometimes the easiest one: recycling materials you use every day, and reusing them. An open conversation about the importance of greener habits in your organization will increase awareness among your employees. You could even assign one of your co-workers to do the job by proposing that they check whether the company is minimizing its use of paper and putting out the recycling bins on time!
2. Eat off reusable plates
It is important to encourage the small things, like avoiding the use of plastic. When reusable plates or on-site disposal of plates is promoted, it is easier for employees to change their habits. In fact, you could even set up a water dispensing system at the office to discourage the purchase and use of disposable plastic bottles.
3. Promote local green businesses
If only to reduce transportation, try to get what you need from local vendors. Not only will you help green the environment, but you will support local vendors and contractors who share the same green values as you. By encouraging their everyday clean processes, your business will help support practices that treat the planet with respect.
4. Decarbonize your business
Yes, you really can decarbonize your business. When you opt for renewable natural gas, you significantly reduce your ecological footprint. The energy generated from organic waste from farms, landfill sites and water treatment plants can be used to run office equipment such as water heaters, furnaces, etc.
5. Use green cleaning products
Insist on green cleaning products for your business. Many of the products used to clean offices contain toxins that pollute and can even be detrimental to your health and that of your employees. Check with local merchants to find companies that have a range of non-toxic products. That way, you will be doing your part to protect the health and safety of the planet and your employees!