As our world continues to grow rapidly, the way we do business will continue to grow and change. Whether your business’s sole purpose and goal is environmentally based or perhaps you choose to donate funds and projects to certain areas, it’s important to note our footprint on this planet and to give back to the globe that has so generously hosted our species.
In light of this, here are a few things you can do to stay environmentally conscious. As a bonus, check out a few amazing businesses who are giving back to the environment too.
When it comes to running a business, it’s easy to lose sight of how much paper we are using. If every company did their part to attempt to decrease their paper consumption, then we together, as a collective working world, can make a dent in a growing problem. You can do your part to decrease the use of paper by switching to online services for note-taking, billing, communicating, etc. For the times you do have to use paper, have an office shredder readily available for people to shred and encourage everyone in the office to recycle.
One way you can bond with a team of employees and co-workers is through service projects. One simple project idea is organizing a local pick up crew. We all have certain areas in or around our home or office that seem to attract more trash than normal. Take your team out one morning to pick up trash in a designated area. Several organizations made national headlines for doing this for national parks during the government shutdown. But it doesn’t have to be a national park in the midst of a government shutdown to need a little love.
Cars are one of the number one contributors to pollution today. One way you and your company can help decrease pollution is by reevaluating your driving habits. Encourage carpooling or other forms of transportation. Carpooling or public transportation could also in a sense help increase productivity because you can use the time riding as a time to work. Walking or riding a bike to work could also in a sense help with physicality. Riding your bike to and from work just might be the cheapest form of a gym membership. And while these options may not make sense for your commute every day, why not encourage at least one day a month where employees take an alternative form of transportation to work that day. Or better yet, a work from home day where everyone checks in online and no one has to drive at all.
You don’t have to make a huge, drastic change in order to make an effect or impact. Simply making small steps or improvements to your daily life can make a big impact in the long run.