7 Easy Ways To Make Your Business More Eco-friendly

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Just because we're coming to the end of Plastic Free July, doesn't mean we should stop making a positive change. Businesses are places that drive change. If you don't offer eco-friendly alternatives, consumers can't buy them! There are lots of little changes you can make that will make a big difference. Here are some ways to can make your business more eco-friendly!

The image shows a business meeting taking place. There is a girl standing next to a white board looking at post-it notes, while the rest of her team sit down at a long white table and are taking notes on laptops. There are pencil pots and notepads all over the desk too. It's a modern office

Use Eco-Friendly Packaging


If you ship out items, opt for eco-friendly postal packaging. It's better for the environment and can keep your customers happy. Not only are cardboard packages more durable, but they are also recyclable. From biodegradable mailing backs to boxes, there are so many ways to ship your products ethically. There are lots of options that mean you no longer have to use plastic in your packages. If you're packaging your products, here are some easy swaps you can make: 

  • Swap plastic tape for brown paper tape
  • Use shredded paper for protection instead of bubble wrap or plastic airbags
  • Use recyclable mailing bags instead of plastic mailing pouches
  • Wrap clothing in tissue paper instead of plastic clothing bags
  • Get rid of any unnecessary packaging
  • Combine orders where you can to reduce the packaging needed

Try Plastic-Free Products


There are 2 ways you can achieve a plastic-free office; not purchasing plastic items and not selling items with plastic. If you're creating your office space, avoid buying things that are made with plastic. This includes bins, chairs and even snacks that have plastic wrapping. It also includes buying products to resell. If your supplier uses packaging or lids, see if they're willing to change or find a more eco-conscious supplier. Understandably this isn't always possible.

The second way was, don't sell plastic. If you create your own products, use eco-friendly packaging. Glass jars and cardboard are a great combination. The jars can be refillable for a discount to the customer - great if you're aiming for zero-waste! Make sure your postal packaging is also recyclable. Lil Packaging offers an amazing range of packaging, all of which is eco-friendly. They also allow you to order smaller quantities if you're a smaller business, reducing your waste if you don't need them!

Introduce A Cycle-To-Work Scheme


Cars and public transport are great, but they produce a lot of emissions. There are lots of businesses who opt for cycle to work schemes, especially ones located in the city. They provide dedicated bicycle parking, and some even offer vouchers to help purchase a bike with. If you're not willing to give out bikes, you could offer other incentives like cycling-related prizes for the employees who cycle the most days in a month. I have seen lots of businesses run competitions to encourage cycling to work, which brings employees together and helps the environment!

Recycle Where You Can


To make your business more eco-friendly, you could implement a recycling scheme. By having dedicated bins for different rubbish, you'll encourage your employees to recycle more. You could even set up battery and ink cartridge recycling bins, prompting employees to bring these items into work to recycle. Recycling bins are a great way to ensure that rubbish is being disposed of correctly. It's simple to do, but effective in making your business more eco-friendly. 

If you want to take it a step further, you can remove the general waste bin. This will encourage employees to take their unrecyclable rubbish home with them. It may even stop generating single-use trash. Crisp packets and chocolate wrappers aren't recyclable, so removing the trash bin may encourage lower consumption of these unhealthy treats, and less rubbish for your business! 

Have A Roof Top Garden


Greenery is relaxing and beautiful. If you can, create a rooftop garden on your building! It's a fun and creative way to encourage your employees to look after their environment and have a green thumb. You could have an allotment where you can grow food, areas to sit and relax and even include outdoor working spaces. Having just a few plants or trees is better for the environment than none at all. It's a great idea if you're located in a build-up, industrial area. 

If you don't have a rooftop you can use, try and create any sort of outdoor space for your employees. Not only do these spaces help the environment, but they also help the productivity of your employees! It can reduce stress and increase motivation to work . Just being around nature has positive impacts on your workers. 

Go Paperless


Although paper is better than plastic, you're still cutting down trees. You can make your business more eco-friendly by swapping to online. If you're sending invoices, send it electronically. You can also request that your supplies do the same. Only print things off if it's necessary. There are lots of cloud storages that you could use to keep all of your important information in one place. Technology is amazing and should be utilised. If you reduce your paper consumption, you'll be reducing the amount of waste your business uses. It will also save you a lot of money on paper and printing!

Reduce Your Electricity & Heating Consumption


It's easy to turn the heating on as soon as the temperature starts to drop. It's also really tempting to blast the air conditioning when temperatures soar. If you're looking to be more eco-friendly, avoid using the thermostat. In the winter, employees can wear jackets and uniform can be relaxed in summer months. If you explain the reasoning behind your decision, your employees should understand that, especially if they share similar eco-friendly values. 

The image shows a modern apartment building which has decking and greenery on the roof. The roof has become a garden area for the local to relax and enjoy. It's a good option for a greener business

These changes are small, but they make a massive difference to both the environment and your outflows. A lot of these methods will save your business money, so what isn't to love! Change starts with businesses, and consumers are becoming more aware of what they're buying. Make sure you're prepared for the shift and become more eco-friendly today! What eco-friendly changes are you making with your business? Let me know what you think is the best change to implement!



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11 comments

  1. Love this! I don't have my own business but I feel like a lot of these still apply to situations like working from home! x

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    1. That's very true! Thank you for taking to time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  2. I've been thinking about this more as my office has been working at home and trying to imagine how much waste we are saving. At work there are so many paper products in the kitchen, from cups for snacks to k-cups to paper plates, and my hope is that working at home is really decreasing our plastic use!

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    1. That's crazy! I suppose if you start to change, the rest may follow? Thank you for taking to time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  3. I wrote a post about this last year and think I included a lot of the same things! Although I don't work for a company, it would be nice to see more of them doing more to make eco friendly changes because I'm sure there's a LOT they could be doing but don't! x

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    1. It's nice to see a change! My firm does a cycle to work scheme as we have a very small car park and it's nice to see that they are making changes! Thank you for taking to time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  4. Thanks for sharing, I wish companies were more eco-friendly esp. when it comes to plastic bags - charge more for them :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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    1. Thank you for taking to time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  5. I haven't started a business with physical products yet but I'm definitely saving this for when I do!! Love that you're using your platform to not only help bloggers & business owners, but the Earth as well.Great post!!
    xo Bri

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! Both things are really important to me. Thank you for taking to time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  6. This is to prevent rotting of rubbish that is uncollected. small trash cans

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