Understanding the impacts of work (and HOW we work) on the environment isn’t just good for the planet it’s good for business too. It can help save your company money as well as do wonders for your brand’s reputation as a responsible, sustainability-focused company.
Now it’s not about if our processes and daily working is impacting the environment, it’s about acknowledging where we can help make a difference to protect the future of planet, no matter how small a change it may see. Over 73% of millennials say they prefer to buy from a sustainable businesses if they have a choice which means your future customer is aware that they can take their money
elsewhere, perhaps to one of your competitors.
Whilst price will always remain a main driver of a customer’s final choice, that company’s attitude towards the planet is becoming increasingly important. The UK is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, a target that is thought to be achievable with the right education and steps in place, for both people and businesses.
- Monitor your business’s consumption by using a smart meter.
- Get an up-to-date EPC (energy performance certificate) for your premises. This will provide an
assessment of your efficiency and show you where you can improve.
- If your building has lots of natural light, consider whether you need the lights
turned on in your office all day.
- Use LED units if you do have the lights on all day, which are more efficient.
- Put your lighting and heating on a timer so nothing is being wasted whilst your office is empty. You could even fit sensors to switch lights off when there’s no movement in the office.
- Unplugging laptop chargers when they’re not in use is a small thing that can make a big difference over a long period of time.
REDUCE YOUR WASTE YOUR PACKAGING
- Seems an obvious point to make but always use as little packaging as
possible, or even package several items in bulk where you can to save lots of individual packaging.
- Print messages on your packaging where you can, urging the recipient to reuse it.
- When posting an item(s) use sustainable packaging, such as biodegradable packing peanuts,
cornstarch packaging and organic fabrics.
- Where possible use recycled paper and cardboard for all your packaging.
- REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
- Check out an online carbon calculator to plan your environmental strategy in an
- Invest in a local supplier to reduce the travel.
- Look at companies like EcoAct that will help your business achieve Net-Zero.