Businesses are starting to take notice as the world becomes more aware of the need to protect our environment. On a global scale, your company’s legacy will be decided by choice to either leave the earth more beautiful or less habitable… On a smaller scale, who doesn’t want to save some money?
As a small business, you’re always looking for ways to cut costs and increase efficiency. Sustainability is one area where you can achieve both. And there are quite a few practical ways to make your small business more sustainable. Here are three:
Reduce overall energy consumption
Do you have any energy vampires around your workplace? Maybe some old electronic equipment is due for a good unplugging. Investing in energy-efficient equipment and appliances can be expensive at first, but over time the savings they bring pay for the initial cost and then some. You can also try using natural lighting whenever possible. According to research done at Cornell, this has the added benefit of decreasing health complaints such as headaches, blurry vision, and fatigue by up to 84%.
This includes recycling or reusing materials whenever possible and choosing products and packaging that can be easily recycled. Donation of old equipment is another under-utilized method of recycling that can make a difference in your community as well!
Utilize local businesses
This includes sourcing your materials and supplies from local businesses whenever possible and using sustainable office products like recycled paper. Creating business relationships with other nearby vendors can be beneficial for the efficiency of your business and potentially reduce the costs and environmental toll that more geographically scattered supply chains would generate.
Office Evolution is leading the way toward sustainability in the workplace! We offer various services and amenities designed to help our members reduce their impact on the planet. For example, we offer electric car charging stations, recycling services, and paperless billing. Co-working spaces are also typically located in central, convenient locations, which reduces the need for employees to commute long distances. We believe that sustainable businesses are the future, and we’re committed to helping our members operate in a way that is environmentally responsible.
What better way to thrive professionally than to leave behind the traditional or home office environment and become a part of a coworking community? Call us at (919) 296-5697, or visit our website to learn more about how your business can fit into our Raleigh, NC, coworking community! Contact us today!