There’s no hiding away from the shocking statistics that show that global warming is on the rise, as well as the pressures of being ‘green’ in business from a corporate social responsibility (CSR) perspective.
What used to be viewed as ‘ethical’ and green has now become the norm and businesses need to keep up-to-date with changing public opinion.
We’ve listed a couple of simple ways to make your business greener:
It may be stating the obvious, but you’ll be surprised at how much energy and money you could save by making sure everything is switched before you leave the office at night. This includes screen monitors, radios, heating and so forth. If you get into this effortless habit it could make a huge difference to your eco-footprint!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
You may already have recycling set up and going (if not, this is step 1), but why stop there? If you’re thinking of re-vamping the office, have a look for some unique recycled furniture, not only is it cheaper, it will also save on destructive processes!
If you’re in the food or beverage industry you could introduce marketing schemes to help reduce plastic waste by encouraging customers to bring their products in. By offering an incentive such as vouchers or loyalty stamps to encourage the environmentally friendly behaviour you’re are also encouraging repeat business!
Biodegradable Product Packaging
Using materials that can naturally break down into their component’s parts will massively help to reduce waste. If you can incorporate these products into your packaging as much as possible and let the consumer know that the product their buying is biodegradable – they’ll also feel much more satisfied with purchasing your product as well as helping the environment – win, win!
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