There are many companies today that have their own green strategies in place. Manufacturing companies have better waste management. Companies like GWD Forestry help economies grow through their environmentally-sustainable crops. Hospitals use wind and solar power as their sustainable energy.
All these efforts, big or small, contribute significantly to saving the environment. And if you think your small business can’t make a difference going green, you can try these small efforts that can make a huge impact on the environment.
1. Move to the Cloud
Getting all your files on the cloud means your business will be using less paper. Using the cloud will also make your work faster, making it easier for the necessary people to integrate processes and access needed information without the wait time for department approvals.
2. Designate a Green Officer
Small businesses don’t always have a chief green officer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t assign someone to handle your green initiatives. You can designate a different green officer monthly or quarterly and have them come up with their own set of programs and campaigns that will help your business move closer towards 100% green operations.
3. Use green cleaning products
Check-in with your custodial services and re-assess the products that they use. There are several cleaning products on the market today that are safer for the environment and your employees as well. Make sure you make the change.
4. Have a waste management plan
Waste segregation has been around for a while now, and if you still don’t have it in your business, it’s high time you did. It’s a simple as designating trash bins for biodegradable and non-biodegradable trash. Depending on the industry you serve, you may also need to separate toxic (old medicine, batteries, etc.), soiled (hospital and bathroom waste), and e-waste (old CDs, broken computer equipment).
Every person on the planet today is, in some way, responsible for the environmental catastrophes that are happening around the world. That’s why it’s also every person’s responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to save the earth. Just because your business is small, doesn’t mean you can’t help. Sometimes, it’s the small companies that make the biggest difference in this world.