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Making Your Small Business More Green

Updated on November 1, 2014
Thinking Green?
Thinking Green?

What's Big Business Doing?

The environment is an ongoing concern for everybody. Natural resources are depleting, and climate change is occurring. Corporate America has been taking the brunt of the blame for years. Now, many of the largest companies have started initiatives in an effort to become more eco-friendly.

Many large corporations have opted for more environmentally packaging, more energy-efficient production, and have put together other initiatives in order to protect our planet.

On the other hand, many entrepreneurs and small business owners have been slow to act.

While many of these iniatives are to help protect the environment, some also help improve productivity and cut unneccessary costs. We are going to examine five easy steps that can help your business become more green.

Your Five Steps Of Green

1. Buy Environmentally-Friendly Office Supplies


Purchasing office supplies that are biodegradable or made from recycled material is a good first step. If you don't know exactly what you are looking for, inquire about what green initiatives are in place at your local office supply store. Many retailers like Beatties Basics offer a selection ofoffice products that are classified as "green" and/or "environmentally friendly".

2. Cut Out The Plastics


The plastic bag has become an epidemic is some parts of the world, and has caused numerous promblems.

Over 100,000 sea turtles (and other marine life) die every year when plastic bags are mistaken for food. Windblown plastic bags are such a nuisance in parts of Africa that people have started harvesting bags and using them to weave hats and other items. The BBC reports that one group can harvest up to 30,000 bags per month. This is such a problem in some parts of the world, the plastic bag has been banned.

The solution comes in the form of a reusable cloth bag. it is better for the environment, and stops production of unwanted waste. So before purchasing office supplies from your local retailer, make certain you have a few cloth bags to carry your purchases in.

3. Recycle. Reduce. Reuse.


Don't throw your old packing paper or water bottles into the garbage. Besides trash cans, set out recycling bins for your bottles, cans, papers and plastics.

Your recycling efforts don't need to end there.

Have an old cell phone you want to throw out? Many retail stores have recycling reciprocals set aside strictly for recycling cell phones and old toner & ink cartridges. Getting rid of your old PC? There are a number of non-profit organizations who will take your old computer off your hands and rebuild them for underprivileged families. Replacing your old or outdated office furniture? Your old desks and chairs can find new homes when you donate them to your local United Way thrift store.

By recycling and reusing, we can reduce the unneccessary waste.

4. Replace Your Old Hardware and Equipment


A computer monitor produced over a decade ago will use more energy than a brand new monitor. Newer, more energy efficient equipment means less air pollution, less energy used and an more savings to the end-user.

5. Produce less paper.


How much unnecessary waste do you produce every month when you print and mail invoices or work orders? By offering an e-billing option, not only do you save yourself money and watse, you show your customers you care about the enviornment. Using either Adobe Acrobat or a free alternative like Cute PDF, convert all those documents into a digital format that is accessible to your customers.

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