Ways to go Green

“Green” is the new buzzword, but I think the concept is here to stay. It’s the ideal way for people and companies to save money AND help the environment, therefore helping your social conscience while lining your pockets with a little extra cash. Who doesn’t need that nowadays? So, here are some helpful ways to Go Green that you may not have thought of:

Replace plain switch plates for some decorated with a picture of the planet that says “Turn off the light!”
• Purchase 100% recycled paper for all your printing needs, not to mention file folders, envelopes and any other paper products made from 100% recycled paper. Is your company letterhead on 100% recycled paper using soy-based inks?

• Purchase eco-friendly cleaning products for around the office and in the bathroom. It’s important to keep chemical exposure to a minimum, not to mention preventing harmful chemicals from entering our waterways via the sewer system!

• Replace paper towels with an XLERATOR hand dryer. This saves energy, has 90% cost savings compared to paper towels, and you’ll keep paper towels out of the landfill!

• Encourage employees to bring in their own coffee mugs rather than using a Styrofoam cup. What a simple thing to do to make such a huge difference for the planet.

• Rather than lining waste bins with plastic bags, use BioBags, 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable.

• Use recycled ink cartridges for your printer – not only does it keep them out of the landfill, refilled cartridges are less expensive for the company!

• Build a Green Roof on your office building – this helps to absorb rainwater, provide insulation for the building, and may provide a nice escape for employees during their break time.

• Encourage recycling by placing bins near each trash can. When recycling is that easy, more people will choose to be green.

• Reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing carbon offsets. Because every business has some kind of impact on the planet, why not try to offset some of the damage from running your business day to day? http://www.TerraPass.com is one of the many websites that allows you to purchase carbon offsets.

• Notify your customers on how your business has Gone Green – It may inspire them to go green in ways they had never thought of before.

• Save trees by sending out a company e-newsletter. It’s a less expensive way of marketing your business to a larger group of people, and the customer may keep your company’s information around longer on the computer rather than a paper mailing.

• Offer promotional discounts for all customers who sign up for the e-newsletter rather than paper mailings.

• If you run a delivery business, try to purchase fuel-efficient cars that have the least environmental impact.

• Install sensor lights that turn off after 5 minutes of inactivity in a room.