Does your business care about the environment?
If you’re anything like the rest of us, the answer is obvious – but if you’re reading this from your gas guzzling SUV whilst chopping down parts of the Amazon rainforest, you probably need a reminder.
Rather than waving away eco-friendly businesses as a flash in the pan and nothing more than a hippy pipedream, it’s vital to comprehend the ramifications failure to act will have on your company.
Indeed, long gone are the days when a flippant business owner could simply pay lip service to environmental awareness, as increasingly well-informed customers sniff out insincerity with ease.
More than that, though, your firm may be missing out on a veritable smorgasbord of benefits, with sustainable business practices helping to improve processes and cut your overheads.
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Make Sure Your Firm Is Recycling
We’re all well aware that recycling your company’s waste benefits the environment, but did you know that recycling just two glass bottles saves enough energy to boil water to make a whopping FIVE cups of tea, whilst less waste means your contribution to greenhouse gases is reduced.
Aside from the obvious environmental advantages, your customers, employees and even potential investors are likely to be more receptive towards your organisation if it takes its environmental responsibility seriously.
Deal With Your Waste Responsibly
Rather than simply being an afterthought, dealing with your firm’s waste also comes with a legal responsibility. Whether you’re disposing of toxic waste or non-hazardous offensive waste, it’s vital your firm adheres to recognised waste practices and complies with existing regulations.
Failure to do so can result in a substantial financial penalty, as well as your company’s reputation being irreparably damaged. In extreme cases, it’s possible you could even be prosecuted for your waste management shortcomings.
Switch to Paperless Processes
If your business still drafts documents on a typewriter, works by candlelight and holds up the fax machine as the epitome of how far man has come, it’s likely you’re also using and wasting a hell of a lot of paper – and that’s bad news for our precious trees.
However, many firms are looking for ways to drastically reduce their paper usage, which means your business should be, too. Indeed, it may sound inconsequential to print out a document or send a mail shot to customers, but an electronic approach dramatically limits your environmental impact.
Now it’s your turn …
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