Once thought of as a fad for hippies in California, green living and sustainability are now a global initiative. People are so passionate about the environment, that 55% of consumers polled in a global survey said they’re willing to pay more for goods and services from companies that have environmentally friendly business practices.
Translation: going green is not just good for the environment—it’s good for business. Because of this, and the growing concern for the planet’s well-being, companies are taking responsibility for their waste production.
If going green is something you’ve been wanting to implement in your own business, keep reading. In this article we’ll explore smart ways your company can go green.
Go digital, go green
The average office worker uses more than 10,000 sheets of paper a year. This makes paper the biggest source of waste in offices. But thanks to powerful file sharing cloud services like DropBox, SugarSync, and others, going digital is easier now than ever before. Why print 10 copies of a document when you can upload it to the Cloud and have all 10 people access it directly from their phones? Of course, going digital won’t happen overnight. Pinpoint the biggest source of paper waste in your office and start there.
Let employees work from home
Remote working has become an extremely popular option. It’s not only proven to boost productivity, it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. And with digital collaboration platforms like Slack and Air Table, and video conferencing solutions such as Zoom and GoToMeeting…remote workers can still be a viable, active part of your team.
Incentivize employees to take public transit, carpool or ride their bikes to work
Fewer cars in the street means less pollution in the air. Incentivize your employees to use alternative modes of transportation to get to work. Here are some great ways to do this:
-Offer parking benefits to rideshare drivers or bikers
-Make it a game where the person/team with the most miles tracked gets a prize
-Offer commuter tax benefits
-Guarantee bikers a ride home in the case of inclement weather
-Help match commuters who live near each other
Donate old electronics
Americans dispose of over 2 million tons of electronics (E-waste) every year. Only 27% gets recycled. This is a problem. Donating is the solution. If your business has old laptops, monitors, tablets, or computers that are under 5 years old, there’s a school or a charity out there who could really use them.
Install recycle bins around the office
Plastic waste is a huge problem but there are other office items that you could also be recycling. Check with your local municipality and waste hauler to see what things they pick up and then install recycle bins for those items around the office. Here are some overlooked items that you can start recycling today:
-Aluminum cans & bottles
There you have it—some simple ways for your office can go green. Remember…you don’t have to do it all at once. Take it one step at time. Unhealthy habits die hard, but a healthy environment is worth fighting for.
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