Green business practices is a great boost for your company’s public image. You will be seen as company that does the responsible thing, no matter what. What is really even better is that few of them really realize that you are also cutting costs and helping your profit margin all at the same time. It turns out that being environmentally conscious is also quite good for the bottom line.
The fastest way to reduce the amount of trash and waste that you have is to reduce what you start off with. Check out your entire operation and carefully evaluate what is being wasted. If there is scrap leftover, then there is money being thrown away. Check and see if you could save money, and emissions, in your shipping practices by adjusting the schedules or routes. Take a long look around your office and start to think about how much of the paper you really need.
Why should loose leaf paper be purchased? Even writing tablets can be produced in house. Take the paper that gets all wrinkled in the fax or copier jam, cut it up and use it for phone messages. Make sure that both sides of paper are used at all times. Finally, make sure that when it is used, it finds its way to the recycling bin and not the trash.
Paperless billing, invoicing, and inventories are a growing trend. Having the paper system means lots of work to create a lot of waste in the end. That gets really expensive. It could really take two or more employees to send out paper invoices. Move to a paperless system will reduce not only the cost of materials, but also the cost of the labor to prepare and send everything out. Make paperless the standard, and then charge an additional fee to anyone requesting a paper copy to cover the addition labor and material costs.
Wouldn’t you love to cut down the cost of business travel? By reducing the number of trips made for business, you not only save money, but also reduce the emissions that your company creates. If traveling for meetings is a common occurrence between two offices then look into web conferencing. You may have to pay a small fee to set it up, but it will be lower than the cost of paying people to go from one place to another.
Maintaining office space gets expensive. The less office space that you use, the less money it will cost you. By changing some of the jobs on your staff to be available for flexible schedules, or purely telecommute, you can rapidly cut down on the amount of space you need for your office. You could also arrange for people to work in shifts so that office space is shared between people. Not only will you lower energy consumption within the office, but people will not be driving their cars into work everyday. In one swift move you can improve your public image, boost employee morale, help the environment, and save money.
Recycling bins need to be clearly marked and easy to find throughout your building. Before throwing away anything make sure that it does not belong in the recycling bin instead of the trash can. Several cities and communities have instituted steep fines for not recycling.
Doing the right thing generally has a nice reward, and adopting green business practices are no exception. As the need to care for the environment becomes more understood, there are more tax breaks available for companies that do their share to make the world a cleaner place. There are also many grants available to implement eco-friendly changes. Look into it, you could be missing out on a lot.