How to Run an Eco Friendly Business

Eco-friendly businesses strive to maintain a positive impact on the environment and their local community. This can be achieved through many easy strategies, from recycling and lowering emissions, to promoting energy efficient policies within the workplace.

Did you know that by incorporating eco-friendly practices into your business, you will not only be saving the environment, but you can also save money too?

Read on to learn three easy strategies for running an eco-friendly business…

1.       Printing
Paper use is still a major cause of concern for any business committed to sustainable best practice. Thoughtful paper use is a simple step and should always be incorporated into a company’s efficient printing policy. You can also make some effective printing changes within your workplace through:
  •         Promoting digital copies instead of print-outs wherever possible
  •         Applying default settings to printers to print double-sided copies
  •         Ensure that all printers are energy -efficient and are able to use recycled paper

Why not ask your IT team to tailor your pop-up print warnings to remind staff of your printing policies and encourage them to be mindful of their environmental impact.

2.       Transport
Try to encourage your staff to ride a bike or walk to work with regular environmental awareness days. Encourage staff to pursue healthier and more environmentally friendly forms of transport to help reduce pollution, as well as reduce their travel expenses. You can also support ‘work from home days’, or suggest car sharing groups for staff members travelling in the same direction.

3.       Recycle
Every business in the UK is legally obliged to manage their waste properly. A really simple way to help your company become more eco-friendly is by adding recycling bins around the office. This will help your team to easily recycle their paper and plastic and help with the waste collection at the end of the week.

If you are replacing any electronic items, it is a good idea to look into how your old models can be recycled. This goes for toner cartridges too. Millions of printer cartridges are thrown away every year. By recycling your cartridges, you can remove them from landfills and reduce the effect your business has on the environment.

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