The ways in which everyone can be more environmentally aware and take steps to reduce their carbon footprint is a hot topic in the current climate, with rising urgency. It’s inescapable and imperative that each individual is doing everything they can to limit harsh effects on the environment, and this includes businesses.
There are many ways in which a business can work to be greener, and here’s how.
Dispose of Waste Correctly
It’s inevitable that any working business is going to accumulate a lot of waste, more so than at home. It’s vital to ensure that you’re implementing the best recycling procedures for any waste your business has. As you may know, the huge environment pollution can even cause significant ocean vessels delays.
A great option for a large business is to employ the guidance of a waste consultancy firm, such as Inspire Waste Management, as they can conduct an official audit and explain the best options available to you for waste management. This means that you know you’re getting the best recycling services and helping the environment by doing so.
Switch Your Cleaning Products
For a large business, perhaps with ample office space and a kitchen area, cleaning products are going to be abundant and in large quantities. Ensuring that you switch to biodegradable and more natural cleaning products means you're not allowing harsh chemicals and toxins to enter the environment.
Most stores will have information on the product about whether it is green or not, so you can double check when items are being purchased.
Invest in Greener Light Fixtures
With large business premises comes the requirements of having to use a lot of electricity, and mainly this will be using overhead lights, bulbs, and desk lamps, especially in a busy office environment. These lights will be running all day, every day, so investing in more energy-efficient light fittings can be a huge plus for the environment.
Although energy-saving bulbs do come with the negative of taking a long time to turn on to their full capacity, these could be used for desk-lamps or area lamps which are fine to take a little longer to power up.
For main, overhead lights, consider switching to CFL or LED lights. Despite the higher price tag, it’s a worthy investment as they will last longer than normal bulbs and are more environmentally-friendly.
Consider an Audit
Having an energy specialist to come and take a detailed look around your business premises is a useful idea, as it means they can point out simple changes which could be made to reduce your effect on the environment. They may even notice issues which you hadn’t, or perhaps didn’t consider was an issue at all.
Being more energy efficient doesn’t just mean purchasing greener products – it also means being receptive to details, such as cracks in the wall which could be allowing heat through, resulting in your heating bills being higher and the urge to crank up the heating when cold. Having this fresh pair of eyes look around will always be beneficial.
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