As teabags go plastic-free and bio-degradable – we look at the benefits of a business going green. And next week we look at the disadvantages…
Making Cost Savings
Reduce your energy usage and you will not only save money but reduce the demand for fossil fuels thereby helping reduce carbon emissions. Convert to a paperless office will save money on paper, printing and document storage. Whilst it may not be too relevant for businesses in our area, employees who use their own cycle for business travel are entitled to 20p per mile – much less than the equivalent cost of an employee using their own car.
There are Government tax schemes to encourage your business to be more environmentally friendly. The 3 main types of business who benefit most are:
- Those that use a lot of energy
- Small businesses that don’t use a lot of energy and
- Where you purchase energy-efficient technology.
Building your Brand
Many customers prefer to do business with environmentally aware companies. If you do go green (or greener), then it is important to let your customers know, through your website and social media.
Leading the Way
By taking the initiative and becoming greener, you will be putting pressure on your competitors to also demonstrate their own approaches to sustainability. If you are perceived as a leader, then you are able to differentiate yourself from your competition.
Green Work Environment
A green workplace will be a more healthy workplace. If this also means a reduction in days off sick, you will be able to achieve productivity gains. A healthier staff group is more likely to be productive, energetic and innovative.
The Feel Good Factor
Hardly a day goes by now without dire warnings about the future of the environment. It’s not just down to individuals to do their bit, small business also needs to contribute to saving the planet.
Is your business green? Tell us about the initiatives you have introduced and we’ll happily share them…