As a proud small business owner, you understand that you owe a large part of your success to your local community. It makes sense, then, to give back to the community, both to show your appreciation and to enhance customer relations.
One great way to give back to your community is to put in the hard work to help support community ecosystems. By protecting the local environment, you provide an enjoyable and safe place for everyone to live, work, and play. Here are a few ways that you can increase your business’s eco-friendliness within the context of your community.
Encourage Recycling Initiatives
Cities of all sizes can benefit from diverting trash away from landfills and toward recycling centers. One important determinant of the success of recycling in a community is the willingness of businesses to be involved in the recycling.
As a proud local business owner, therefore, it’s a great idea to support initiatives in your community in any way you can. This can include making space for recycling bins in your facility, assisting in educating the community about these initiatives, and even offering rewards to those who show their commitment to recycling.
Use Eco-Friendly Products
When considering what supplies to use in the operation of your business, the cheapest products aren’t always the best. In many cases, these less-expensive products are priced lower because they are somehow harmful to the environment during their production. By using eco-friendly products for your business, though, you demonstrate your commitment to the environment and give your customers exposure to the usefulness of these earth-friendly products.
Keep Up Onsite Landscaping
While keeping up your facility’s landscaping might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to supporting community ecosystems, this step can actually play a large role in helping your community to be more green.
By using a commercial landscaping company to take care of your grounds, you ensure that the plants on your property stay healthy, which helps prevent runoff into surrounding streams and lakes. Plus, by planting local plants, you help sustain the local insect population, an important endeavor as insect populations continue to dwindle.
Support Wildlife Care
The native wildlife in a community is one of its greatest assets. By doing your part to support this wildlife, therefore, you will go a long way to help support the local ecosystem. One great way to do this is to donate to local wildlife rescue centers, who tend to operate on a shoestring budget under the best of circumstances. You can even act as a donation point for specific needs that these centers have to allow your community to rally around the protection of its wildlife.
One of the most important aspects of supporting local ecosystems is by living out your commitment to the protection of these ecosystems every day. If you only see your conservation efforts as a smart business move, you risk turning off customers who see you living differently away from your business. By living a life dedicated to eco-friendliness, though, you give local ecosystems the best chance of surviving by inspiring others to join in the effort, as well.
- Meghan Belnap is the author of this post.