One of the hallmarks of efficient and responsible business in the twenty-first century is to be in control of your carbon footprint. With more and more consumers considering the environmental credentials of the companies with which they interact, it’s perhaps unsurprising that more and more businesses are making it a priority to deal with their climate impact – finding ways to save cash at the same time as saving the environment. This article shows you how you can do just that, creating an eco-friendly business fit for the modern era.
All businesses will consider business trips. Taking your team to a far-flung destination in order to secure a sale, pitch an idea, or survey the ground for future trade is an understandable part of your business adventure – but it also fills the atmosphere with a great deal of CO2 which contributes to global warming. If your company runs many business trips a year, attempt to cut them down. If you’re going on somewhat needless flights, cancel them altogether. And if you are forced to maintain some overseas relationships with flights to foreign lands, then it’s perhaps advisable to carbon offset in order to save the environment while still taking your flights.
Manage Your Waste
Many businesses produce industrial quantities of waste. This is increasingly true of any company that sends out their products in the post – which, as online shopping booms, is most modern companies with an online store. It’s also true for manufacturers and retailers. Your waste produce damages the environment by ending up in landfill, and anything that’s non-recyclable will take a long time to biodegrade in such pits of trash. To improve the waste system for your company, consider onboarding an expert waste management team to help you plan your way into a more sustainable future for you and your company.
One of the key ways in which you can influence the environmental behavior of your staff and colleagues is not through bringing in new systems, but by tweaking existing ones. To train your staff in how to operate in their time at work is a cheap and cost-effective way to show them how they can behave more responsibly in the workplace, by:
- Turning off and unplugging unused electrical items
- Using recycling bins and separating waste
- Sending emails instead of sending letters
- Reducing the amount that they print out
- Ensuring they’re operating with the environment as a priority
If you’re serious about cutting your carbon footprint, staff training is an essential operation to get you and your company back on track.
Finally, the finest way to achieve a carbon footprint reduction is to set targets that you and your staff can work towards on a monthly and yearly basis. You can plan to reduce your energy consumption, or your paper consumption, over the years – and you can draw neat graphs to show how your sound management is reducing the amount of waste you’re involved in producing. This way, you’ll all be motivated to change your behavior in the long-term, helping the environment as a result.
Use these tips to change your office and reduce your carbon footprint while at work.