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How To Make Your Small Business More Environmentally Friendly

Climate change is being talked about in wider society on a more regular basis as time goes on, and the realisation that businesses are contributing this with their operations has encouraged many people to seek out ways in which they can change their practices to become more environmentally friendly. There are several different features of almost every company that can be altered or replaced to reduce their overall carbon footprint, and you can easily take advantage of these adaptations to see real improvements of your own.

If you want to know more about what you can do to reduce your business’ contribution to climate change, then read on to uncover some of the best tips and tricks that will help you get set in the right direction towards earth friendly profit. 

Switch To A Sustainable Supplier.

There’s no doubt about the fact that your business will be using energy to operate every single day, but the source of this can either be beneficial or detrimental to the environment. Fossil fuel and nuclear power stations can come with many nasty side effects, whereas replacing these with more natural methods will mean that you have much less of a negative impact on the planet. For example, solar panels can take advantage of the sun’s rays, while hydropower is a perfect investment for locations close to flowing water. These two forms of energy production can be carbon neutral when done properly, and the waste produced in comparison is almost none. 

Always Encourage Recycling.

The amount of paper, plastic and other waste materials that the average company gets through is quite astonishing, yet the percentage of this that gets properly recycled is generally minuscule. Recycling can take old and unusable items and transform them into a whole new product, rather than them just sitting on a landfill for 50 years or more waiting to degrade. Make an effort to set up clear recycling points for your staff to use, and encourage them to make the most of the stations by explaining why you have installed them and what the benefits will be. 

Meat Free Canteen Meals.

Animal agriculture is said to create more greenhouse gases than all modes of transport combined, so making an effort to include some plant based meals in your canteen can reduce your carbon footprint, and even your expenses, more than you might think. Many schools, councils and other organisations have agreed to get on board with a meat free Mondays campaign, and this might be a great place to start with your staff too. 

Reducing your business environmental impact might seem tough, but the steps above can show you just how easy it can be to turn your working practices around and reduce your carbon footprint in no time at all. Start by switching your energy supplier to something more sustainable like solar or hydro power, whilst putting a greater emphasis on recycling paper and plastics. Consider organising one day each week where canteen meals are free of meat to go the extra mile.

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