When you “go green,” you not only help our environment, but you often end up saving some capital too. Then, this new capital can be put toward growing your company and driving more value for your customers. What methods can you put to use that help the environment the best right away? Here are a few:
- Buy green-friendly products in the first place. Make sure all the office equipment you own – computers, monitors, printers, ink, and toner, have Energy Star approval or are remanufactured. You can save big-time and for the long-term by purchasing inventory this way.
- Get high-PCR paper. No matter what type of business you run, you’re going to have to use a ton of paper. PCR paper is “Post-Consumer Recycled” paper. Some companies claim it’s of better quality than new paper. Although that still hasn’t been proven, it nonetheless is made of other recycled consumer products. Your company may not notice as much of an impact on its bottom line, but you will still be helping the environment.
- Use CFL light bulbs. They’re up to 75% more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they can also last up to 10 times longer. LED light bulbs are even more efficient than CFLs, but they carry a heftier price tag up front. Get CFLs at a minimum, and purchase LEDs if you can wait longer to see the payoff.
- Eliminate vampire energy consumption. Did you know up to 75% of the energy your office equipment uses is consumed while it’s turned off? It’s true. Electronics can still draw power when plugged in and powered off. To address this problem, plug all equipment into surge protectors, and then switch the surge protectors off at the end of the day.
- Recycle empty printer ink and toner cartridges. You can get a little financial benefit from this one because some retailers give you money back for doing this. It’s important to note, however, many ink and toner cartridges go straight to the landfill. Rather than doing that, figure out how to recycle both, and see if any retailer will pay you a little for doing so.
- Recycle your paper. Around half of all office paper gets recycled. When you think of how much paper your office uses, and then multiply that by all the businesses in the US, that comes to a massive number difficult to comprehend. It’s a huge boost to the environment if you recycle yours.
- Donate your unwanted furniture. It may be no good to you, but there’s undoubtedly a nonprofit, charity, or other organization that would be glad to take your furniture off your hands for you. If you don’t need your furniture, donate it to an organization whose cause you support.
As you can see, most of those methods benefit your company financially. And those that don’t? Well, they still help the environment. Either way, your company reaps rewards for doing the right thing.