The way we run our small business has a major impact on the environment. It is crucial we business owners take some responsibility by ensuring we continuously look for ways to make our small business more sustainable. Many businesses are now choosing more sustainable business practices to do their own bit for the environment and their customers are noticing the changes being made. If you wondering how to make your small business more sustainable, here are some tips and ideas you can implement into your business practices today:
Pay attention to your product source materials
If your small business involves products, you need to pay attention to your product source materials to ensure your business is sustainable. Your products need to be sourced sustainably, fair-trade, and made with recyclable, renewable, and biodegradable materials.
The way you package your products plays a huge role in determining how sustainable your business is. It is better to use sustainable packaging that won’t cost the earth. A great idea for a sustainable business is to make use of compostable packaging, which is more environmentally friendly.
The way a business stores its products can affect the environment over time. When it comes to selecting a storage space, it is best to make use of a facility that uses renewable energy for storage to ensure your business remains sustainable. Putting products in green containers instead of plastics is another way of creating sustainable storage for your small business.
Using green shipping will reduce carbon footprint and make your business even more sustainable. Make use of environmentally friendly shipping materials like compostable bags and recycled cardboard, and avoid using plastic wrap or bubble lining which are a lot harder to recycle.
Be as paperless as possible
This is one tip every business owner can implement. I aim to be as paperless as possible. I have all I need stored on the Cloud, laptop, and hard drive. There is really no need for me to print in my business and I am almost certain it is the case for many other business owners. However, if you must use paper in your business, go for sustainably sourced recycled paper.
Regardless of the line of business you are in, you can make it a priority to make your business more sustainable today. The planet will be thank you for it and your sustainable actions will encourage others to do the same and save the environment.