Sustainability is on the agenda for more businesses today. Eco-minded business practices help companies “save green” at the office and on the roads—and ultimately, save some green in the bottom-line, too. Start putting some of these tips to work for your SMB today.
Go Green in the Office
Maintaining a greener office results in reduced waste, less pressure on natural resources (from forests to energy), and a smaller carbon footprint. Your customers and clients also appreciate your efforts to become better stewards of our environment.
- Recycle! According to Waste Management, 4.5 million tons of office paper is thrown away each year in the US, and enough office and writing paper is thrown away each year to build a 12-foot high wall of paper from Los Angeles to New York City. What’s more, recycling aluminum takes 95% less energy than making aluminum from raw materials—so recycle those pop cans, too.
- Choose recycled content paper products to fill everything from your laser printer to paper towel rolls. Look for FSC-certified paper or for brands that meet Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) standards.
- Buy remanufacturing ink and toner cartridges from previously used products, and replacing one-time-use disposable items with refillables.
- Power down electronics at the end of the day or when not in use.
- Look for electronics, appliances, and office equipment (and more) bearing the Green Seal or ENERGY STAR certifications and replace your traditional light bulbs with Compact Fluorescents Lightbulbs (CFLs).
- Opt for certified non-toxic office and cleaning supplies that are better for the environment and safer for your employees.
Check out thegreenoffice.com for more ideas.
Go Green on the Roads
It’s no secret that vehicles are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. According to CoolCalifornia.com, cars and trucks that transport goods and people create almost 38% of total climate change emissions in CA.
- Encourage ride sharing, carpooling, biking, or walking to work to reduce the number of vehicles that come and go, to and from, your office.
- Educate fleet drivers on eco-friendly practices, like avoiding hard breaking, speeding, engine revving, and excessive idling, which result in less-than-optimal fuel efficiency. CoolCalifornia.com reports that providing training in "eco-driving" behavior may result in average fuel savings of 5-10%.
- Get your fleet vehicles serviced regularly so they’re operating in tip-top shape and meeting compliance standards.
- Use a fleet telematics solution, like Automile, to help you monitor and track vehicle and driver events that impact fuel efficiency and safety, alert you to servicing needs, and aid in scheduling and maintenance.
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