If you’re running a small digital business, you may think that your impact on the environment is inconsequential. With a growing shift towards a more eco-friendly and green way of living, however, your customers or consumers may not think the same.
In fact, polls have shown that almost 50% of consumers would alter their buying habits to reduce their perceived personal impact on the ecosystem. Now more than ever, it is vital that businesses play their part in minimizing their carbon footprints to combat climate change and reduce their overall environmental impact.
In today’s article, we have a look at 6 ways in which digital businesses can become more environmentally friendly, so read on to find out more.
1. Switch To Eco-Friendly Office Supplies
One of the biggest and most effective things that any business can do to reduce their environmental impact is to make the switch to eco-friendly office supplies. Take for example recycled printing paper that takes up to 70% less water and energy to produce than standard printing paper.
It doesn’t have to end at paper either — investing in options such as ecotank printers not just significantly reduces your impact on the environment, but can also save you a considerable amount of money. Whether it’s notebooks, pens, printing paper or even toilet paper, opting for the greener option can go a long way in making your business more environmentally friendly.
2. Manage Your Energy Use
It’s no secret that offices utilize a fair amount of energy on a daily basis. If you’re looking to cut down on your energy use, an electricity meter can be very handy in helping you figure out which of your equipment uses the most energy.
Some of the most common culprits include lighting, heating, and electricity that is used to power computers and other electrical gadgets and appliances. Ensuring that you switch all electrical appliances off at the end of the day, especially on weekends and public holidays, can have a huge impact on your overall energy consumption. Additionally, switching to eco-friendly light bulbs can reduce energy consumption by up to 50%, due to their increased energy efficiency.
3. Recycle Your Electronics
Do you have a pile of outdated and obsolete electronics just collecting dust in some long-forgotten corner of your office space? Perhaps you think your only option is to throw these antiquated items away because let’s be honest — who is going to want them?
Thankfully, your e-waste no longer has to end up in a landfill. Many computer manufacturers now have recycling programs and drop-off points that exist to minimize the amount of electronic waste we produce daily. Depending on what state you live in, there may also be designated e-waste drop off points around your city that accept a wide variety of electronics including batteries, mobile phones, light bulbs, televisions, printers, printer cartridges, and smoke detectors.
4. Operate On The Cloud
If you aren’t already making full use of cloud computing, this is your sign to do so. Cloud computing formats such as Apple iCloud and Google Apps allow your employees to access vital documents and information from anywhere, at any time. This may even reduce the need for travel, carbon emissions, and printing costs for your business.
When company information is stored on the cloud, there is no need for your business to invest in maintaining expensive and most importantly, power-intensive servers either.
5. Lunchtime Woes
Is your office kitchen area or pantry stocked with hundreds of plastic cups, plates, and utensils? Single use plastics are estimated to kill millions of marine animals each year, on top of requiring a whopping 400-1000 years to completely break down. If that’s not reason enough to say no to single use plastics, we don’t know what is!
By switching to real kitchenware and providing your staff with reusable containers that they can borrow, your organization will be doing a huge part to eliminate the use of plastics that have a severe and adverse effect on our ecosystem. Don’t forget to opt for eco-friendly dishwashing soap, hand wash and cleaners while you’re at it too!
6. Embrace Remote Work
Last but not least, we cannot ignore the fact that many of us have been working from home for over a year now. By operating out of the office, not only will you be able to save a monumental amount on your energy and operations costs, but you’ll also reduce the need for employees to travel to work via car, bus or train. This means less carbon dioxide emitted into the air and a better work-life balance for every member of your staff — can we really ask for anything more?
We are human beings before we are business owners, and doing our part in protecting our planet is one of the best things any business can do not just for their branding alone, but also for the environment.
We hope that this article has inspired you to make some changes to your work environment. We promise that Mother Nature and your client base alike will be incredibly appreciative of your time and conscientious efforts!