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Go Green: 3 Steps To Make Your Business Environmentally-Friendly

Issues regarding the environment should be everyone's concern, including business owners. If you're a business owner, you have a couple of reasons why you company should go green. First, going green is good for the environment. Second, failure to comply with environmental concerns could create legal problems for you. Not all the changes you'll need to make to become a more environmentally-friendly company will be prohibitively expensive. In fact, here are three simple steps you can take to turn your company green.

Turn the Equipment Off

It can be a pain to wait for the electronics to warm up in the morning. However, if you're leaving your computers and other office equipment in the on position each night, you're wasting money and energy. According to one study, half of the offices in the United States do not turn their computers off at night, resulting in a waste of about $2.8 billion and an emission of about 20 tons of CO2 each year. Not only is turning your computer off at night good for the environment and your budget, it's also good for your office computers. Powering them down each night can help prevent premature break-down.

Use Email

If you're still using paper to communicate, wasted paper may be increasing the size of your carbon footprint on the environment. Instead of using paper products to communicate with staff, clients, and distributors, reach out through email. When receiving emails, be sure it's necessary to have a hard copy of them before printing them out. By making the transition for paper to electronic communication, you'll be doing your part to help the environment. You'll also be saving time, money and storage space for your business. If you're wonder how, here's a simple break-down.

  • Time – no need to spend time opening letters or printing out emails
  • Money – reduce your postage and paper products budget
  • Storage – no need to store the hard copy letters that you receive

Choose Your Suppliers Wisely

If you receive regular shipments from your distributors, you could end up with a lot of packaging products. Unfortunately, that means you'll have to figure out an environmentally friendly way to get rid of that packaging. One way to help the environment from a business standpoint – and reduce the amount of waste you have to get rid of – is to work with distributors who take their packaging back. Many companies will pick up their packaging and reuse it. By choosing distributors who reuse their packaging, you're clearing up space in your office and helping the environment.

You want to do your part as a business owner to help the environment. The tips provided here will help you reduce the impact that your company has on the environment. If you've been cited for larger environmental issues, be sure to speak to an attorney's office, such as Moore Smith Buxton & Turcke-Chartered, that specializes in environmental law. They'll be able to help you get your company back into compliance.