Over the years, the severity of the impact of pollution, deforestation, the depletion of natural resources and more has skyrocketed. Many people are increasingly aware of the magnitude of the current environmental situation and the likelihood that the problem may grow substantially unless significant steps are taken to curb damaging forces and elements.
At a commercial level, environmental awareness has touched many businesses across all industries, and they are stepping up to do their part through green changes. These are some of the many eco-friendly practices that are increasingly commonplace across various industries.
Product packaging waste is an unfortunate byproduct of the consumer-driven society that we live in. This waste often winds up sitting in growing heaps in landfills or polluting waterways. However, many businesses are moving toward the use of green packaging. This may include packaging made from recycled materials, packaging that decomposes quickly or packaging that may be recycled or repurposed.
Everything from food packaging to packaging for toys, home goods and more are turning green. Even the inks or dyes that are used in packaging are eco-friendly.
Logistics involves the movement of raw materials and supplies as well as the movement of finished products. Environmental impacts related to pollution from shipping methods and the use of fossil fuels and more are focal points for businesses today.
Many businesses are looking for green shipping methods, such as by using electric delivery vehicles rather than gas-powered vehicles. The shopping containers are also improving to facilitate a healthier environment.
Environmental engineers are increasingly being used in the designing process of new commercial facilities as well as in renovated buildings. These are buildings that may be constructed using green or recycled materials. More than that, they may be designed to conserve water, to generate their own power and to minimize or eliminate pollution that they otherwise would generate.
Many consumers look for businesses that use sustainable business practices, so upgrading business facilities can potentially boost the company’s image and drive profits to a degree. Sustainable facilities may also have lower operating expenses. For example, a solar-powered building will not have high electricity bills.
Spend time today analyzing your current facility, operations and processes to determine which areas are creating the most environmental strain or generating the most pollution. Use some of these ideas to make your business more eco-friendly, and think outside-the-box to innovate improvements that may be specific to your business.
- Emma Sturgis, the author of this post, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA