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Go Green! 4 Ways Your Business Can Become More Environmentally Conscious

Protecting the environment is a task that humanity must place a focus on. If changes aren’t made now, the natural world could see even greater destruction in the near future. While you might have started making changes at home, you should also find ways to better your business.

Evaluate Your Building

The actual structure of the building itself could be preventing your from reaching your goals in terms of the environment. Working with a professional who has a masters in civil engineering can help you to determine the changes needed to better the environment. You could also work with this professional to craft a more environmentally friendly building when you are moving locations.

Reduce Paper Usage

While the thought of moving everything onto a computer might seem intimidating, especially if you aren’t the best when it comes to working with technology, this step can help you to save both the environment and money. By storing all of the company’s information and the clients’ details on paper in folders, you are necessitating a constant need to order more paper. If you’re concerned about security, keep in mind that plenty of software programs aim to protect your confidential information. Selecting a program specifically designed for your line of work can help.

Reuse

Norwich University notes that in 2009, Americans tossed out 4.34 pounds of waste and garbage per individual, per day. This number is striking, especially considering that some of that waste probably could have been reused. Starting a composting system in your business can help you to get into a habit of reusing. You should also make sure that recycle bins are clearly set up in the office. Employees may want to recycle their water bottles and soda cans but not know where to do so.

Plan a Workshop

When you are making major changes at your company in terms of acting friendlier to the environment, you want to clearly articulate these changes and show employees what to do in place of the business’s old habits. At the workshop, you might create different scenarios and ask employees to role play. Finding out what they would do and steering them toward a more environmentally friendly option is an effective way to integrate these new plans.

Treating the environment with respect is an important task that your business should focus on. When you don’t know where to start, integrating these tips can help you begin to embark upon this important journey for the world.

Hannah Whittenly, the author of this article, is a freelance writer

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