Environmentalism isn’t for everyone. Instead, it is for everyone’s benefit, but it is something some of us just don’t know anything about. There’s nothing wrong with not knowing your carbon footprint, but the working world makes certain demands on SME owners. One of those demands is that your business is as environmentally friendly as possible.
When you don’t have a clue how to do that, things can get tricky. But before you go and hire an environmental business consultant, read this article. We’re positive we can help you lower that carbon footprint without going to any extremes.
The 3 Best Ways to Lower your Businesses Environmental Impact, Right Now
Don’t hesitate. It might not be your cup of tea, but you live on this planet, too. Try the following three things to lower that impact and create a greener future for all of us.
1 – Turn to Hemp
Nobody wants to say it because the public has this outdated concept that hemp and cannabis are the same. They are not. Switching to products made from hemp means you could bypass fast fashion, which can take up to 2,700 liters of water to make a single white cotton shirt. Hemp is a carbon-neutral crop that can potentially suck more carbon out of the air than it takes to farm it.
On your end, hemp products appeal to the environmentalist consumer while simultaneously adding to your sustainability factor as a company.
2 – Switch your Bulbs
We don’t know if we still need to tell you this but changing to energy-efficient light bulbs is a tiny step you can take to have a significant impact. It might not seem like it, but if each house in the UK switched to LED bulbs, it would save £2bn annually and stop 8 million tons of carbon from entering the air.
So, if you don’t want to do it for the carbon factor, consider the savings in energy to your bricks and mortar.
3 – Consider Packaging
When was the last time you streamlined your packaging process? Do you ship goods out via pallet? If you do, then even more reason why you should be taking a second look. Damaged goods returned during shipping cost you money and cost the planet in waste. Avoid either by reviewing your packaging processes.
Look at machines used, and settings are given. Look at the materials used and if they are recyclable. We would recommend calling in an expert to do a packaging audit to highlight areas of improvement in this case.
3 Small Steps for 3 Big Waves
If you can trim your wastage, be sure to always opt for the sustainable choice, and report these sustainable choices in your annual reviews, you will soon reap the benefits of drawing in Gen Z. For those of you who don’t know yet; they will soon be boycotting everything that’s not sustainable. Consider yourself forewarned and get to work. There’s still time to fix things before they are old enough to buy property.