As more people become concerned with the status of our environment, they have taken one step after another in an effort to become as environmentally-friendly as possible.
This is very true when it comes to businesses, which in recent years have implemented numerous ways to have less of an impact on the environment. If you're searching for ways to show Mother Earth some love now and in the years ahead, here are five ways your business can go green.
1. Energy-efficient appliances
In virtually any office, at some point, there are appliances that need to be replaced. Whether it's a refrigerator, microwave oven, or additional vital equipment, the time will come when replacement becomes necessary.
When the purchase becomes necessary, make sure you go green by selecting an appliance that carries an Energy Star rating. By doing so, you'll know you're getting an appliance that is extremely energy-efficient, allowing you to help your business do their part to protect the environment. Additionally, your water and electricity bills should also be greatly reduced, which is bound to put a smile on your manager's face.
2. Oil tank removal
In the days before folks became aware of just how fragile the environment can be, it was common for large oil tanks to be buried underground at businesses. While this helped to heat many buildings, the tanks eventually became old and started to leak their contents into the surrounding soil, resulting in contaminated soil and sometimes ground water.
To solve this problem, it's necessary to hire an oil tank removal company that has the knowledge, skills, and experience to safely remove the tank, test the soil, and remediate the soil if it's found to be contaminated. For many businesses on the East Coast, underground tank removal has been a difficult problem to solve.
3. Become a paperless office
While some businesses may think this can be done by simply letting the office cat use its claws to shred their documents, the fact is there are many other more well-organized ways to reach this goal. For example, printing documents only when absolutely necessary or using email and text messaging to communicate with customers and employees can substantially reduce expenses.
Along with saving money on purchasing office paper, you'll also eliminate the need for file folders and filing cabinets, which you can then use to buy some extra cans of food for your office cat.
4. Natural office decor
When you want to spruce up your office surroundings, do your part to help the environment by opting for some natural office decor. Instead of heading to the nearest dollar store to buy various odds and ends that will set on your desk or computer, invest instead in some beautiful plants.
Along with adding some color to the office, they will also help the environment by giving off oxygen, helping to rid the office of damaging carbon monoxide.
5. Recycle everything
Without a doubt, one of the best ways to help the environment is by recycling anything and everything you can get your hands on in your office. For many businesses, this can be accomplished by setting up recycling bins at strategic points in the office, such as the kitchen, breakroom, and near printers or file cabinets where papers are often unnecessarily thrown away.
Along with office paper, employees can recycle empty soda cans, plastic bottles, newspapers, and numerous other items. And if you want to carry your recycling efforts one step further, consider purchasing office supplies and products that are themselves made from recycled products. Not only are these products often cheaper, but in some cases, your office may get a bonus for doing so.
In companies where going green is a priority, departments that show initiative in this area can be rewarded with cash bonuses, gift cards, or a special luncheon courtesy of the management.
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