It’s no secret that we, as human beings, have caused some damage to our world. Global warming, acid rain, plastic pollution, loss of animal species. It’s an incredibly serious matter, and something each and every one of us should be thinking about. As business owners, we have even more of a responsibility to do the right thing for the environment. We have the ability to make a positive change by making conscious choices. Our choices can be passed down to consumers through the products and services we sell. If you’re wondering what you should be doing when it comes to running your business and helping the planet? Here are some simple ideas on how you can get started creating a green business.
Reduce your use of plastic
Plastic pollution is a massive, massive issue right now. Trillions of tons of wasteful plastic across the globe are causing effects that are likely to be so severe we can’t even truly predict the outcomes yet. One of the biggest concerns is how plastic in the ocean is breaking down and entering the food chain which of course in many cases ends with humans. It’s filling up landfills and leeches toxins into the ground over the hundreds of years it takes to degrade. As a business owner, there are a few ways you can reduce your use of plastic materials.
Simply start by reducing the plastic your company uses. You can do this by buying refillable pens and cartridge. Get rid of any unnecessary single-use plastics you currently consume as a business like plastic cups by the water cooler. Secondly, reduce the plastic that you’re putting out there. Find new ways to package your products, using more biodegradable choices. One issue consumers have is that even when they want to reduce plastic, they’re often not able to because companies package just about everything in the stuff. This is where you can make a change.
Choose Eco-friendly Suppliers
Choosing suppliers that use eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials is a smart direction you can take your company in. You might not be using environmentally damaging methods yourself, but if your suppliers and third-party companies you work with are, then you’re essentially contributing to the problem. Aim to work with other businesses that are sustainable and eco-friendly.
Consider getting supplies from companies that use sustainably sourced ingredients to those that minimize contamination with pollutants like oil. Oil Water Separator Technologies is a great example of a company dedicated to minimizing wastewater contaminants. Visit www.owstech.com to learn more about how they work with their customers. The more demand you create for these kinds of companies means more of them will follow suit in going in an eco-friendly direction.
Go Paper Free
Despite the fact that we live in a very digital age, we still use way too much paper. It’s unnecessary because most of what gets printed out ends up trash bins. You can help to put a stop to this by emailing receipts and invoices as your standard option instead of printing everything. Minimize your junk mail and set a goal of creating a paper-free office within the next few years. Not only does paper use trees, but it’s the water needed to grow the trees. Why would we waste these valuable resources when we don’t have to?
We as business owner can all do our part to reduce some of the damage being done to our environment. Start by reducing your use of plastics, use eco-friendly suppliers, and go paper free. You may think changes like these don’t matter, but they can make a big difference. So go ahead and take the first step if you haven’t already and join me in creating a green business. It’s the right thing for your business and for the environment. Here’s to YOUR success!
Carolyn R. Owens has over 25 years of proven experience and serves as a Career Strategist, Leadership and Life Coach. She is the Chairwoman and CEO of Infinity Coaching, Inc. where they help you up-level your skills so you can up-level your income. Infinity Coaching, Inc. provides one-on-one and group coaching, organizational training, and personality assessments. Carolyn is certified to give both The Energy Leadership Index Assessment and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Assessment. You can find out more about both assessments and other products and services athttps://www.infinitycoaching.net.