If you’re an entrepreneur that wants to be as green as possible in an effort to help the environment, then this post is for you.
I try to be switched on when it comes to energy saving, as do many other business owners. The environment is big news these days, especially since people are trying their best to help the planet and want to ensure they work with others who want to do the same.
If this sounds like something that interests you, here are 5 green business ideas for eco-minded entrepreneurs:
Never Work With A Company Without Checking Out Their Values
As a business owner, you’re probably going to be working with many different companies and suppliers to ensure you can do what you set out to do. This can include cleaners, packaging companies, delivery companies, and more. But you should never work with a company without checking out if they share the same values as you first. If they do, you’re onto a winner! With your combined efforts, you could have an even bigger positive impact on the environment.
It isn’t just about making sure your business is eco-friendly. It goes far beyond that. Make sure your business is working with those who share your views and values!
Make Your Eco-friendly Expectations As Clear As Possible To Staff
At some point, you’re going to have to hire staff to help you take care of everything that your business entails – you might even have your own team already. It’s a good idea to ensure that your staff members are eco-minded too before you offer them a job.
However, once you’ve hired them, it’s important to make your expectations as clear as possible to your staff. They should know exactly what you want them to do, from ensuring they recycle glass to minimizing paper usage.
You should make these things as easy as possible for them too. Ensure that you have the correct bins, and clearly label them. You could even have some instructions on display.
Create Incentive Programs
Incentive programs are a great way to encourage your staff to be even more eco-friendly. Why not offer incentives for those who bike or walk to work?
This isn’t always possible, so you could also offer it to those who are carpooling or taking public transport too.
If you offer company vehicles, then make sure you choose eco-friendly models.
Become More Energy Conscious
Become more energy conscious in your business premises. Are you turning off the lights and your machines before you leave?
Are you making sure that energy isn’t being needlessly wasted?
Are you using sustainable energy where possible?
It’ll all make a huge difference! An easy method to cut your costs and be more eco-friendly is by switching your bulbs to LED bulbs.
Here’s a handy calculator to work out how much you will save by switching.
Reuse and Recycle
Finally, make sure you are reusing and recycling wherever possible. Our office cafe started using recycled and biodegradable materials.
Encourage everyone to buy second hand, upcycled furniture rather than brand new pieces. Give your staff reusable water bottles. Reuse and recycle just about anything you can!
Buying new equipment can be really exciting in business, but being more conscious of where you get it and what’s better for the environment is even better. Don’t let your values slip for a fancy new desk!