Green Commerce: Ensuring Your Business is Good for the Planet


Increasing numbers of us are starting to ensure that our home is as eco-friendly as possible. Increased levels of public knowledge concerning climate change and the impact of human activity on the environment have resulted in a conscious effort from individuals to lower their footprint on the Earth. But why doesn’t the same apply to business practice? Yes, business’ main focus is generally profit, but business practice has a hugely detrimental effect on the environment the world over: from production lines using cheaper but more harmful processes to worldwide shipping. It’s important that we remember that no amount of profit will be of any use if we destroy the planet in the process. So, if you are a small business owner or an international tycoon, here are a few simple tips and tricks to incorporate into your company to ensure that it is green and eco-friendly.

Recycling

As greenliving.lovetoknow.com noted, recycling can have profoundly wonderful effects on the environment. Many of us recycle within our own homes, so why not recycle the huge amounts of waste that comes from manufacturing and brother business processes? Separate all waste into distinct bins for paper, plastic, food waste and general waste. Organise for this to be collected by local authorities or an independent company. If you like, you can compost food waste and sell this on to farmers and gardeners. This doesn’t only increase your profit yield by making use of waste products, but it will provide brilliant fertiliser which will encourage the growth of new greenery, flowers and foods.

Investing in Environmental Insurance

Sometimes harm can come from pollution no matter how hard you try to combat it. This is why it’s necessary to invest in environmental insurance for your company. Recent rules and regulations have made it possible for business owners to be prosecuted for causing detrimental effects to the environment. This is brilliant, as it forces less caring business owners to be more environmentally aware, if only for their profit’s sake. But you would be surprised how much environmental damage just a small accident can cause and you don’t want to be on the receiving end of hefty fines. Check out http://www.argyllenvironmental.co.uk for more information in regards to environmental law and company protection.

Using Sustainable Energy

Your whole company may not be able to run on solar power to start with, but you should use as many types of renewable and sustainable energy as possible. This doesn’t have to be drastic: you can simply start by purchasing energy efficient light bulbs or recycled paper and eco-friendly inks for your printing. It’s simple but will have positive knock on effects. If you want to go all out, invest in solar panels on the roof of your business. This will allow you to generate your own energy. The plus? Any excess energy produced in particularly sunny times can be sold back to energy companies. Perfect!

These simple steps won’t take up much time, personal energy or cash, but will make all the difference to the environmental impact that your business is having on the world.

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