With the number of plastics in the ocean and landfills increasing year over year, businesses are called to take more action to prevent more harmful effects from global warming. This has led business owners to incline their operations towards eco-friendly practices. Establishing environmental awareness within your business’s operations not only sets your business apart but also increases your ability to make substantial savings. It also contributes towards the general reduction of the global carbon footprint. What are 3 methods you can implement today to make your business more environmentally sustainable?
Exploring alternative energy sources
Since the introduction of electricity, businesses and large companies have been relying on fossil fuels as the primary source of energy. This large consumption increases our carbon footprint significantly. To combat this issue, your business should begin using alternative energy sources. Reliable and alternative sources of energy at your business’s disposal include solar and wind power.
The advancements in technology have employed numerous channels of exploring solar energy, including installing well-configured solar panels. The renewable solar energy harnessed by solar panels can be stored in rechargeable batteries and used whenever required. Wind energy, on the other hand, is also available in plenty. Additional sources of alternative and renewable energy that you can explore include using biogas for heating.
Investing in business digitization
Digitizing your business has incredible benefits, among which includes cutting costs that would have otherwise gone into facilitating your business’s day-to-day operations. For instance, investing in computer storage systems eliminates the need for your business to purchase printing paper.
This benefit easily translates to environmental conservation where the number of trees that have to be cut for paper production is substantially reduced. Business digitization also reduces the volume of space that your business will probably require to store paper-based records.
Recycling of waste
On average, we produce 254 million tons of waste, most of which is recyclable. Your business can contribute positively by implementing eco-friendly waste management practices, such as recycling. The little waste that your company produces in the form of polythene paper, organic paper, and electronic waste can be recycled. The benefits accrued thereby can substantially boost your business’s profits.
Recycling such waste also enables your business to contribute positively towards reducing the negative environmental impacts, such as soil pollution and toxic emissions produced when such waste has to be shredded in waste management plants.