As a business owner, you might be thinking of ways to save money now. The idea of using sustainable practices has likely popped into your head. But, is it financially viable to “go green?” The answer to this question is almost always yes, and you may even stand to appeal to a broader demographic of customers when you engage in responsible business practices such as those listed below.
You cannot launch your environmental endeavors until you actually get your business up and running. And, you won’t get up and running until you’re ready to jump right in and get started. But, look before you leap, and make sure you launch your business in such a way that it scales as you grow. Consider filing as a corporation instead of an LLC, which makes you look more appealing to investors – many investors will put money into sustainable companies – and also makes it easier to hire employees. You can even use the formation process as your first statement of sustainability by forming online instead of signing papers at an expensive attorney’s office and then having them drive back and forth to file paperwork on your behalf.
We live in an age where remote work is no longer taboo. And, when your primary functions are knowledge-based tasks, such as coding, administrative assisting, or customer service, there’s no reason that you have to have employees drive their vehicles to work each day. According to Adobe, remote work can improve your sustainability efforts by reducing paper waste and cutting down on single-use plastics.
Recycle and reuse where possible.
Recycling and reusing is the best way to reduce your environmental footprint. If you do have people at an in-person office, make sure they have access to recycling bins. Harmony Enterprises also recommends recycling your electronic devices and ink cartridges.
Utilize solar energy.
Solar energy is an investment that can eventually pay for itself. G 1:3 Solar & Construction can install solar panels that will help you lower your electric bills while reducing pollution. When you utilize solar panels, you collect energy from the sun. This energy is then turned into a way to power your home or office. Anything you don’t use each month is returned back to “the grid,” which can make you eligible for further reduced electric bills.
Use organic and environmentally friendly products.
It’s not enough that you’re environmentally friendly at the office. You must also make sure that your vendors are eco-conscious as well. You can utilize green directories to find eco-friendly businesses from which to order. This can apply to everything you use, from your cleaning products to your raw materials.
By carbon offset credits for each employee.
One great way to reduce your environmental footprint is to purchase carbon offsets. But, you can use this to also attract environmentally-aware employees by making carbon offsets a benefit that you utilize on each employee’s behalf. Carbon offset credits go to fund projects that remove CO2 from the air. By investing in this type of credit, you bolster the global efforts of those trying to keep our world intact for the next generation.
While you will face challenges, including potentially added cost and difficulty maintaining your green image, everything that you can do for the environment is a step in the right direction. As as mall business owner, you have the power to make a huge difference, and those few tips listed above can help get you started. Remember, however, that you can’t make your business green until you get started, so get ready to jump into the world of eco-entrepreneurship.
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