Consumers are becoming increasingly conscientious about their purchasing decisions and are often choosing companies committed to sustainability. GBTI offers green loans that can help companies adopt more environmentally friendly practices. Often, companies believe that going green involves time and money. Certainly, some of the options for making business processes more sustainable do involve a significant investment, which is where GBTI loans can help. Read on to learn about some steps that companies can take to demonstrate their commitment to the environment.
1. Use green web hosting.
Virtually all companies need to have an online presence. In order to launch a website, companies will need to find a web hosting provider. Business leaders may not know that green web hosts exist. These providers plant trees and buy carbon offsets, in addition to using renewable energy, in order to mitigate the environmental impact of maintaining infrastructure and running servers. The majority of these green web hosting companies actually charge the same as other options that are more reliant on fossil fuels. Some options may actually be cheaper, which means that companies can go green while ultimately saving money.
2. Replace the lightbulbs in your office.
One of the primary ways that energy is used in an office environment is for lighting. However, not all lighting is created equal when it comes to energy use. Companies can invest in compact-fluorescent or LED lights to help reduce their energy consumption in the office. While these bulbs cost more money upfront, they last significantly longer than more traditional options and use much less energy than incandescent lighting. With these replacements, companies can actually end up saving a great deal on their energy bills. Best of all, the replacements can be gradual, so there is no need for a huge upfront investment. Instead, bulbs can simply be switched over as they burn out.
3. Use post-consumer waste supplies.
An easy way for companies to go green is by reducing their use of paper. Nowadays, many business processes can be handled online, so companies’ reliance on paper is much less today than it was even a decade ago. However, green companies sometimes need to use paper products and packaging. When this need arises, companies can switch to post-consumer waste products. Importantly, companies should always investigate the source of these products. Companies can demonstrate their dedication to green processes by going the extra mile and ensuring that the products they purchase are truly made of recycled materials. Post-consumer waste products take less energy to produce and keep material out of landfills.
4. Purchase biodegradable cleaners.
When companies consider adopting greener practices, they may not realize how their cleaning supplies come into the picture. Biodegradable cleaning products have a number of important benefits. These products lack harsh toxins and chemicals that can harm the environment once they are rinsed down the drain or thrown into the trash. Also, using these types of cleaning products reduces employees’ exposure to harmful materials. Biodegradable products are often available in bulk, so companies do not need to pay much more for them.
5. Look for green energy sources.
In some parts of the world, companies can sign up for green power from their utility providers. This electricity is generated through renewable means, such as hydropower, plant matter, and wind. Keep in mind that green power options may be slightly more expensive. If companies do not have access to green power, they can always generate their own by investing in products such as solar panels. These panels can produce a surprising amount of energy and actually reduce utility bills. In some places, excess energy can even be fed back into the grid to provide companies with a credit on their utility bills.
6. Adopt a recycling policy.
A key to going green is recycling products. Companies that do not already have a recycling policy should move to figure out how one would work for them. However, many companies can adopt a recycling policy that is considered somewhat outside of the box. For example, instead of purchasing brand-new furniture, it could be possible to invest in vintage furniture for the office that provides a unique ambiance while offsetting the environmental impact of new pieces. Ensuring that the old furniture goes somewhere other than a landfill is also a great way to reinforce a company’s recycling mindset.
7. Embrace the cloud.
Cloud computing has revolutionized the way that companies approach their workflow. For many companies, the cloud has allowed them to become more green. Several companies now offer cloud-based solutions for businesses, ranging from Microsoft Office 365 to Google Apps. These apps make it possible to access and share information from anywhere in the world. In other words, the apps reduce reliance on paper while making collaboration possible across large spaces. Companies can rely less on travel and promote remote work, which will reduce the carbon emissions associated with commuting. Moreover, using the cloud eliminates the need for power-intensive servers, which will further save on energy bills.