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Part Two
Part Two

Add green value to your business the easy way…

One concern about the environment is our carbon footprint – you may have heard this term and thought there was nothing you could do about your impact at work… but there are a number of ways every business can look at becoming carbon neutral, or to offset their carbon footprint.

You can calculate your carbon footprint online, there are lots of organisations that do it. A rough guide is that every person in the UK produces about 12.5 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Here are 5 ideas to consider how you could reduce your carbon footprint:

1. Thinking about how you travel. Avoiding flying, and use the train or bus over driving. Perhaps offering a car share if you are attending an event for example…

Can you walk or cycle to work?

2. Replacing lights with LED fittings, and turn lights off in unused rooms.

Perhaps you could fit sensors to operate the lights automatically?

3. Buy recycled paper and try to reuse before recycling again. Only print essential documents.

Remove yourself from junk mail lists using the help from www.ecocycle.org

4. When you replace electrical items, go for the best Energy Star rating you can.

Maybe you could audit all the equipment in the business and see what you actually use/need?

5. Try to reduce the air miles of your food by buying and supporting local producers. Also consider going veggie or cutting down on meat… #Meat Free Monday?

Taking a packed lunch to work also saves you money!

 

Offset your carbon footprint – ideas…

 *Plant trees annually with the Woodland Trust, Trees for Cities or any other great charity

 *Search for a project to support that floats your boat on www.co2zoo.com

 *Help others to reduce their footprint by offering lifts or joining a sharing community like Helpful Peeps

 *Share information – shout out about the changes you’re making and inspire others! You could join a Twitter #, write a blog post, collaborate with a supplier the list is endless…

 

Part One
Part One

Add green value to your business the easy way…

With the US walking away from the Paris Accord, the environment is back in the headlines – and it’s a fast growing area of the market, with people looking at what companies offer in terms of their ‘green’ credentials.

From the largest down to the smallest business – everyone can make a positive impact by looking at a range of easy changes, they benefit the World as well as your business by engaging new customers  without losing any current clients.

Here are 5 quick starters…

  1. Recycle your paper and card – reuse first if you can e.g. printing on both sides for rough drafts or items you will bin.
  2. Recycle other office products e.g. toner cartridges, Tassimo pods, old equipment, stamps… pretty much anything will be useful to someone else, and may make you or a charity some money.
  3. Lower your energy bills by switching off unused equipment, changing to LED lighting, turning off lights in unused rooms.
  4. Think about company transport use – can you carpool, take the train, have a Skype meeting?
  5. Use recycled products and let people know you use them e.g business cards, paper and pens and buy recycled equipment when looking for new chairs, tables or printers.

Evidence suggests that these small changes are likely to improve staff health and attendance, reduce bills and by being more socially responsible you will be able to engage a wider audience to your business.

There is so much more you can do if you get the green bug… and if you want to make changes at home too – you can follow www.thefrugalfamily.co.uk.

To prove the US do care about the environment, here’s a great article from the mighty Harvard. http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2009/10/workplace-green-place/