How to Achieve and Maintain a Sustainable Small Business

Today, in an era of when technology is developing at a faster pace than ever and data drives every decision. Companies have a responsibility to pay close attention to issues of environmental responsibility, Sustainablility in small businessanalyse and optimize their ecological footprint and effectively use technology to preserve the environment. It sounds easy if you say it quickly enough, but what does it really involve?

Preserving and recycling

 We have all had the importance of recycling drilled into us, but it means more than throwing your drinks can into the appropriate bin. Manufacturers and shippers can use recycled materials for packing and shipping, while in the office, the simple act of using both sides of every sheet halves paper consumption. Speaking of printers, investigate the availability of remanufactured cartridges, such as this HP 364 ink that you can procure online.

Reducing CO2 emissions

 Every company, large and small, needs to assess and reduce its CO2 emissions. It’s not something that any one individual can achieve, so it is important to encourage every employee of the company to make his or her own individual contribution. There are numerous ways of achieving this, from unplugging phone chargers to using bicycle couriers.

Environmental campaigns

 Becoming a leader in sustainability is good for the planet and for your company’s image. Why not arrange a Free Fair, where people can give their unwanted items to those who need them? In doing so, you support the local community as well as one of the fundamental principles of ecology – to reuse. Some companies choose to address environmental issues and involve their employees in environmental volunteering, for example through tree planting, harvesting campaigns, and sponsoring other environmental projects.

Environmental education

 As we suggested above, sustainability is something that everyone needs to get involved in. It is vital to inform and educate people about how to live ecologically – perhaps by conducting seminars and lectures. Of course, it is essential that businesses that do this “practice what they preach,” so ensure your own shop is in order before becoming too evangelical!

Careful use of natural resources

 Simple measures add up to a big impact. This is why it is so important to monitor, as well as manage. Electricity and water are easy to waste, so set ambitious targets. Also, speak to suppliers and trading partners to explore any joint initiatives you might be able to try out.

Advanced technologies

 On the topic of natural resources, efficient manufacturing and distribution processes can be made far greener if you use the most up to date technologies. They typically use less energy, meaning better sustainability and reduced costs. Of course, you can’t replace all your plant overnight, but switching to LED lighting, for example is relatively inexpensive and makes a big difference.

Want to think even bigger?  Look into the introduction of renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels. Sure, some of these advanced technologies might be expensive, but there are often government incentives available, and the payout, from both a financial and an ecological perspective, can be remarkable.

About Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams is a writer and blogger.