On the minds of every business owner today are the paradigm shifts being made from the manufacturing of our fathers to the services we offer in our future. However, this overall shift in our economy need not be a heavy burden if we begin with the small changes which will allow the larger shifts to occur with ease. By applying a few or all of the topics below will put you ahead of the curve when it comes to being environmentally and socially responsible.
> Install energy efficient light bulbs to reduce electrical consumption, while maintaining equal light output and easing the pollution created by the generation of electricity
One of the most important aspects of making sure your business is sustainable is evaluating your break room. Is your break room environmentally friendly? Does your break room promote the health and safety of both your employees and the environment? By rethinking every item in your break room, your business can attain a healthy and sustainable work environment.
One of the first things that comes to mind when a person or a business decides to make himself or herself “green” is to decrease overall consumption. This is great and is very important but in reality it needs to be much more specific. Since paper waste accounts for about 30-40% of the average waste stream it is the first thing that needs to be addressed. Paper is viewed by some as a renewable resource, because trees can be re-grown, which is only partially true since it takes beyond a person’s life time for a new tree to become fully grown. Which equate to paper consumers are causing more and more trees to be cut down, this needs to be slowed and the easiest way to do this is to make your home and work space’s as paperless as possible. Learn More
> Encourage employees to attempt to maintain a 100 mile diet, meaning that everything that consumed originates from within a 100 mile radius