Caring for the environment is an ongoing serious issue in the U.S. and abroad. As more companies look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, more ways of going green are being successfully used to protect our natural resources. Here are five ways your business can become more environmentally-friendly.
Repair Instead of Replace
In the business world, time is often equated with money, so companies operate at a consistent pace to keep processes moving along smoothly. This sometimes leads to discarding broken items that could be repaired with a minimal investment of time and money. Many companies offer discounted equipment and furnishings for this reason. However, when possible, it is often more cost efficient and better for the environment to fix and continue using items with minor damage.
Recycle Company Items
When older equipment is replaced by newer models, the originals are sometimes trashed or stored indefinitely. Recycling to another department within the company or to another business altogether will extend the life and usability of the equipment while keeping items out of landfills and freeing up unused storage space. In addition, employees can recycle paper and pop cans in bins set up for the purpose, and these can later be picked up by or transported to area recycle centers.
Donate Unneeded Items
Another option for using products and equipment no longer needed by your business is to donate them to charities or community projects where they can do some good. In addition to a tax deduction, your company can build good will locally by contributing to certain needs in the area. It is a good feeling to put materials to work that would otherwise gather dust or be detrimental to the environment.
Reduce Energy Use
Set a policy that reminds everyone to turn off lights and other energy-dependent appliances and equipment when not in use. Lights in unused conference rooms or offices should be left off until the room is needed. Thermostats can be set to a modest temperature by day, such as seventy degrees, and be programmed to a lower temperature at night, such as sixty-eight degrees.
Follow the Rules
To learn more about how to make your company greener, consult an environmental law practice who may be able to provide information about state, federal, and local environment protection laws. They can also make sure your company is up to date on any environmental regulations. You may want to bring a speaker to the company for a presentation on ways that everyone can do more to protect the environment.
If everyone pitches in to help at the company level and at home, we can do much together to clean up the environment and make the world a healthier place for all.
Lizzie Weakley, the author of this post, is a freelance writer.