Every company can take small steps to be a more sustainable organisation, regardless of its size. The younger generations are increasingly looking to invest in eco-friendly businesses, whether it's their products, services, or business model. Environmental practises should no longer be an afterthought for the global business industry - sustainability needs to be a priority in everything we do.
Here are a few ways you can make your business a little more sustainable.
Use eco-friendly products
Simple things like eco-friendly cleaning products, recycled office paper and even LED lights can make a world of difference in your office. Set up recycle bins at various locations in the office to encourage your staff to recycle their waste, over putting it in the waste bin. LED lighting is far more energy-efficient and can save you money in the long run.
Choose a green energy company
It might be time to switch your energy provider to a more sustainable and eco-friendlier organisation. Smaller UK energy providers, like Octopus and Bulb, offer 100% green electricity through an easy energy management system. Nearly half of the UK's electricity was generated from the renewable energy sector in early 2020.
Offer green benefits to employees.
If your employees are returning to the office soon, you could encourage them to walk, cycle or even jog to work. Transport is the largest contributor to the UK's energy crisis, and it can be addressed with small lifestyle changes. You could offer cycle insurance to your employees as part of your office benefit package.
Reduce food waste
Everyone likes an afternoon snack or takeout lunch on a Friday afternoon. However, you could use the app Too Good To Go to reduce food waste by picking up a goodie bag at a reduced price from your local cafe. You can save money and the environment!
If you have some upcoming employee promotions, you could offer them discounted meal kit deliveries as part of their reward. Companies like Hello Fresh, Gousto and Mindful Chef are a brilliant way to eat healthy while cutting down on food waste. Besides, who doesn't want a gourmet meal for a discounted price?
Watch water usage
The UK's water usage rises by 1% every year, with the average UK residence using a whopping 150 litres per day. Unfortunately, you can't switch water providers in the UK, but you can watch how much water you use and waste. In the office, make sure taps are only turned on when necessary and if you have office showers, keep the usage time short.
Printing out documents is a thing of the past, and more offices are turning to the paperless process. Switch your company bank accounts to paperless and store your essential documents in a digital system - that is well protected with cybersecurity.
Eco-friendly practices don't have to big expensive changes - simple lifestyle switches can make a huge difference.