At The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this year climate change was the number one topic on the menu. The event saw guests like noted environmental activist Greta Thunberg, sat beside political and business leaders from all over the world.
This was an important moment in the history of the planet. Just a couple of decades ago the World Economic Forum would never have even discussed climate change, but today the whole globe is starting to take notice.
If we want a greener future, we need everyone to come together to make changes.
In that spirit, today we are going to go over four ways your business can not only reduce its carbon footprint in 2020, but also save money while doing it!
Outsource Your Printing
One of the easiest ways to save money while reducing your carbon footprint is to simply outsource your printing department to a print fulfillment company.
Not every business can go paperless in 2020, despite what you may have read in the media. Still, even companies who rely on paper every day can reduce their carbon footprint. By outsourcing printing duties to green print fulfillment companies who utilize carbon-reducing techniques and materials, your business can reduce it’s total carbon footprint while saving money and improving printing quality.
Move Toward Zero Waste
Moving toward zero waste is a goal every business should have. Whether that means composting, auditing your waste processes, reducing packaging, or eliminating bottled water, there are a number of simple steps you can take to move toward a zero-waste model.
But what if you have a business that can’t move toward zero-waste?
No matter what type of business you have there are services out there to help you go green. Just because you can’t eliminate all waste from your business, doesn’t mean you are incapable of making positive changes. For example, if you run an industrial business you may want to consider industrial recycling services.
Considering each year industrial waste in the U.S measures some 7.6 billion tons vs. just 236 million tons from municipal solid waste, anything you can do to help recycle industrial materials will be great for the planet.
Reduce Business Travel
Another simple way to reduce your carbon footprint is to simply cut down on business trips. While having a face-to-face meeting is undoubtedly a luxury, and sometimes even a necessity, the majority of business trips aren’t necessary.
Companies can cut down on carbon emissions by simply using software like Zoom video or Skype for meetings. The great part is these software services can save your business thousands annually as well, so it’s a win-win for the bottom line and the planet.
Reduce Energy Use, Harness Renewable Energy
The final easy way to save money and the planet at the same time is to reduce your business’ energy use. Changing to LEDs, lowering the thermostat, and doing energy audits to see where you are wasting the most are great first steps to reduce your energy use, saving money and the environment along the way, but in 2020, there is more we can do.
If you have the funds you also might consider switching to renewable energy at your business. Now is a great time to harness renewable energy because of generous federal tax credits for businesses that switch to solar or wind power.
Even if you have a small business that can’t afford to make the switch to renewable energy on your own there is a lot that can be done to harness renewable energy. For example, the government has a clean energy buying program that allows small businesses to pay a little extra for their energy to come from solely green sources.
This may cost a little extra, but it’s well worth it for the positive effects on the environment and your business’ reputation.
When all is said and done, everyone on this planet needs to come together to help create a better tomorrow for future generations. These four simple ways your business can help are just a start.