If you are starting a business or are looking to run a more environmentally aware business, a number of green solutions are available that will help you achieve your goals. These solutions are not only good for the environment, but may also save you money.
Reduce Traveling for Staff
Many businesses spend a lot on transportation to send employees to meetings, conferences and other events. However, web-based software solutions are available that will help you reduce the time spent traveling. Virtual, web-based meetings can be as efficient as a face-to-face meeting while emitting far less carbon. Test the following solutions to see which ones best suit your business.
- VoIP software
- Instant messaging with video
- Conference calls
In addition, you may also choose to hire people to work at home and come into the office only a few times per week. This will mean less time spent on commuting and less gas used, so this is clearly an environmentally friendly solution.
If you want to go green and you need to send various documents, you can opt for a paperless solution: emailing the documents without printing them or storing these in a secure central hub that can be accessed with a password known only to the people who use them. This solution can cut down also the energy spent on posting or sending these documents through courier.
The remote storage is safe and will also save some space in the office. Just make sure the storage is encrypted.
In addition, you can reduce the amount of printed documents in the office by asking your staff to print only what’s necessary and make sure to use both sides of the paper.
Don’t forget about a scrap paper basket, which should be used by all your employees.
Refillable Ink Cartridges
Almost all businesses use printers. Make sure the printers you buy have refillable ink cartridges. Try printing on both sides of the paper.
Online marketing is an alternative for traditional marketing and nowadays, a strategic online marketing may be more effective than traditional marketing.
Online marketing is a green solution as it will save on paper (just think about the thousands of brochures that are dumped every minute) and can be done by at home working staff (so no transportation is needed).
Optimize your website and have electronic formatted info on your company to send to your clients.
Turn Off the Computers and Lights
Every little bit counts when it comes to saving the planet. So make sure you turn off the computers instead of leaving them on stand by, turn off lights that are not necessary and reduce the usage of heaters at weekends or when the staff is not at work.
Last but not least, make sure you have energy saving bulbs, which use 75% to 80% less energy than a normal bulb.