Business owners have many responsibilities and it can seem as if new ones crop up all the time. For instance, many companies have become increasingly concerned with the environmental impact of their operations. In addition to obligations to their customers, employees and stakeholders, they also embrace an obligation to the planet and future generations. Along with the positive effect this business decision has on their sustainability efforts, it also may attract new customers and burnish their corporate reputation. This is why so many leaders have sought to create a green culture within their organizations.
Fortunately, doing so may actually be easier than it sounds. It also can offer significant benefits beyond the obvious ones already mentioned. Becoming eco-friendly can increase your profitability and competitiveness by reducing costs. For example, installing timers or motion detectors to turn off lights when they’re not in use cuts utility bills as well as energy consumption. When it’s time to replace the toner cartridges in printers or copiers, consider recycling or refilling them instead of tossing them. You may receive a discount on replacements as you keep waste out of landfills. Switching your computers and other office equipment to energy-saving mode when not in use is another sound strategy to ensure your operations don’t use more resources than absolutely necessary.
Being environmentally responsible is just one of your priorities as a business, but it’s one that can easily fit into your operations. For more tips about saving money through eco-friendly practices, see the accompanying infographic.
Author bio: Robert S. Miller is President of Earthwise Environmental. He is a Certified Water Technologist who founded Earthwise in 1995 to address the need for sustainability in a stale water treatment industry.