In times like these, saving money on expenses is vital in all walks of life. We have summarised 4 things that businesses can do to save money AND save the planet at the same time

 

As business owners, we all want to ensure our prosperity and welfare for a common and sustainable future.  This future may vary from one person to other (it may mean money in the bank to one, or more luxuries to another), but it got us thinking, how can this relate to companies?   Clearly, business and governments globally have a duty to educate the consumer on sustainability, but first, shouldn’t we put into practice what we preach?

It was enlightening. We found, not only can you become greener, but they can lead you to save money, provide another marketing avenue for you, and increase your profitability, by doing (and promoting) 4 very simple steps.

Switch off all electrical appliances

 

This may seem obvious, but how many of us leave lights on in unmanned rooms? All over the world, countries are turning off street lights in whole cities in order to meet their goals in reducing emissions, and save money. Why don’t we?!

Also, consider future purchases; a PC typically uses around 150w during moderate activity, whereas a laptop computer consumes 30 to 40w of power. Laptops are also capable of performing in a “low-energy” mode, reducing the amount of power used.

The same goes for screens; A laptop’s power consumption is used to power the laptop and its screen. Desktop computers tend to have an LCD or CRT monitor that uses an additional power supply.

 

Collaborative Distribution

 

This is a huge trend across Europe which is basically shared supply chains. They make you greener and increase your customer service by allowing flexibility in your delivery schedules.

Recycling paper

 

The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year, which is 1.5pounds of paper waste per employee per day. For every ton of paper, you can save up to 17 trees and save 682.5 gallons of oil. Guess where we are going with this…

This growth area means that there are now companies specialising in recycling paper. All confidential information will be dealt with appropriately and shredded in a secure manner.

A no-cost option is to reuse paper wherever appropriate and make savings. Also, recycling produces no additional costs. Companies, such as Union Paper mills, will collect your paper and turn it into products, which are then sold on.

Another is to give thought to marketing. Is that flyer really junk mail? On average, each household currently receives 41 pounds of junk mail a year. Is this necessary?!

With a little outlay, companies are now willing to invest in paperless office technologies and cloud computing which would make paper a thing of the past.

 

Packaging

 

The first way to decrease your carbon footprint and save money is to ask yourself, “Do we really need all that packaging?”

Millions of tons of polyethene films go into billions of flexible packages each year. Eliminating even a fraction of a gram adds up to sizable benefits for the environment, lower packaging costs and higher profit margins.

Also, Polyethylene has a half-life of arguably several hundred years; your packaging will outlive you, several generations of your family and probably your company. Do you really want this?

Ultimately, Small changes mean big impact; they have a substantial knock-on effect to the environment. Changing one aspect of the each of the areas above helps safeguard the environment for our children and grandchildren.

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