There are some businesses that obviously lend themselves to going green. For instance if you work with a lot of recyclable materials, then there are obvious ways you can go green. Likewise for companies that work in construction, or that work with radioactive and other hazardous materials there are some clear ways of doing business in a more green manner.
However what’s less obvious is that any business can be more green – and that includes those companies that are mainly confined to offices. In fact there are hundreds of ways that an office company can be more or less eco-friendly. Following are just some suggestions as to how an office based organization can begin going green.
Use Recyclable Materials:A business may not produce any products that require the use of materials, but that does not mean that there are no materials used by a company at all. For instance you will use materials internally within the company – such as papers for memos and even disposable cups for your office canteen and if you opt to choose recyclable goods here then you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and going green in the office.
Go Paperless: Better than using recyclable paper for your internal memos and letters is to avoid using paper at all. Never print out an e-mail that can just be forwarded to someone, and try to keep databases where you would once have had filing cabinets. It also makes your data more easily organizable and searchable as well as helping with going green.
Consider Waste: So what waste does an office produce? Well at the very minimal a business will create electronic waste which comes from things like computers and printers which can’;t just be disposed – consider how you are going to get rid of products and materials that could otherwise damage the environment.
Reduce Energy: Make sure that any appliances that you use in the office are as efficient as possible. Avoid over-using your air conditioning and heating, use energy saving light bulbs and lighting control and ensure that devices are not left on longer than necessary.
Improve Transport: Even office based companies involve transport whether this is attending trade shows, going to business meetings, or shipping materials. This then means there are a wealth of ways they can improve going green. Reduce fuel use by minimizing journeys (eliminate those that are unnecessary and you’ll save the business time and money too), using company cars that are fuel efficient, and combing shipments and business trips into single journeys.
Use Video Conferencing: Just as digital data bases allow us to do away with stacks of paper, so has technology eliminated waste in other ways. Video conferencing is perfect for going green as it allows you to have conferences and meetings with partners across the globe without having to travel there. That then saves on fuel costs, and also saves your company a great deal of time and money.
Choose Who You Support: Most businesses tend to rely on other businesses in order to do… business. Going green for a company then is also about being discriminate in who you associate yourself with and making sure that their views are aligned with yours. If you are outsourcing accounting and it comes down to two accounting firms, then look at which has the best green policy.