In recent years, there seems to be a perpetual demand for business practices that are more economically and environmentally efficient. We may be stumbling in and out of recessions, but society is locked in an environmental depression that deepens with every fume puffed in the air. As industrial and technological advances arguably melt ice in the Arctic, households and businesses alike are amplifying the efforts to go green. These green business ideas are environmentally friendly and potentially economically flattering to your business.
Don't use toxins
Instead of cleaning office floors and walls with toxic chemicals that are not only bad for the earth, but harmful to your health, use biodegradable supplies. Toxic cleaning supplies can reduce air quality and inadvertently contaminate the water supply. Using natural chemicals is friendly for the environment inside and outside the office space.
Restock the refrigerator
Restock processed food in the office kitchen with organic, locally grown food. Brew the morning coffee with organic coffee beans. Pesticides used on nonorganic plants and greenhouse gases omitted from the production and transportation of processed foods are devastating for the environment. These natural replacements are great for your health, and a visiting client will appreciate your conscious effort to make your office a bit greener.
The first "R"
"Reduce" is a staple when it comes to going green. Reducing damage done to the environment can be as simple as cutting back on electricity. This does not imply breaking fire code by filling the office with candles, but it is important to replace electricity with renewable energy. The flexibility of using renewable energy is great for businesses. Access to solar, wind, and geothermal energy can be gained with a choice or combination of using solar panels, solar water heaters, and wind turbines.
The final two, Reuse and Recycle
If you do not already, have a recycling bin clearly marked and easily accessible within the office. The next step up from recycling is reusing. Replace office chairs and desks with recycled furniture. Spruce up the decorations with artwork created with reused material. Recycled artwork will not only give your office a classy modern look, your environmental intelligence will impress visitors and clients.
And we add the E
Many view technology as a way of improving environmental conditions. Typing a report saves paper, as does sending an e-mail and chatting on a cell phone. However, because of the toxic elements involved in manufacturing electronics, discarded gadgets can be damaging. Within the practice of E-Cycling, old computers and cell phones can be reused and refurbished, so don't throw them aside as junk. Also, have IT examine your data centers' energy consumption and suggest a few cost-saving changes.
Green business leaders do not look at a damaged environment and see devastation and despair, they see opportunity. Become a business leader that goes beyond what the law requires to maintain an environmentally friendly business. Businesses can take steps from low-cost measures such as purchasing organic food, arranging carpools for employees and using natural cleaning supplies to higher-cost measures, such as installing solar panels, replacing the furniture, and bringing buildings up to current green building codes. Regardless of the steps you choose to take, both the environment and your profits will be thanking you.
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