(As more of us are making a conscious effort to be more mindful of the environment and how are actions impact our planet, there are steps we can take in our businesses to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are some of my top tips you can implement in your business, if you haven’t already!
If your business requires printing or if you prefer to use a pen and paper for notes, consider switching to more sustainable office supplies such as compostable notebooks, recycled paper, biodegradable pens, and setting printers to double sided printing to reduce paper usage. It is worth checking to see what digial alternatives there are for these tasks too.
If you’re like me and are fueled by coffee, investing in a reusable coffee cup for those trips to coffee shops (when we’re allowed to take our own cups in again!) is ideal. Alternatively, ensure you recycle your single use cup when you do visit a coffee shop in the meantime. However, if you have a coffee machine at home, try to look out for pods that are biodegradable.
Shopping local means there is less of a carbon footprint as many of items are sourced locally with less packaging. This can include, ingredients, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, are ways you can support your local businesses and be sustainable at the same time.
We all know networking is a great way to generate more business, but more often than not, these meetings are held in locations that require you to drive there. At the moment these meetings are not going ahead in person, so meetings are being held online, which is great for reducing out carbon footprint. However when we’re able to go attend meetings in person again and social distancing is no longer a requirement, why not consider doing a car share with a few other networking members. You reduce your carbon footprint and you also get a little extra networking time!
REDUCE YOUR ENERGY USAGE
Whether you have a brick and mortar business or you work from home, you’re using electricity and gas. Get an energy audit to see how much energy you’re using from your utilities provider and see how you can reduce your usage, or even switch to a more eco friendly provider. You can also improve insulation, setting lights to timers, turn your computers off when you’re not using them and set devices to battery saving modes to contribute to reducing your energy usage.
USE GREEN HOSTING
Did you know that using internet consumes natural resources, similar to air travel? Whilst this is a very small percentage (about 2% globally) and individual usage has a relatively low impact, you could consider using sustainable search engines and switching to an eco-friendly website hosting package.