In growing this site, and all the new things we needed to learn, we had to think like a business and learn a number of new skills. Having worked all our adult lives in a variety of different organisations, private, state, charitable and self-employed we had a good starting point.
The aim of this page is to share ideas about ethical and frugal practice that is useful in business.
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…
- Recycle your paper and card – reuse first if you can e.g. printing on both sides for rough drafts or items you will bin.
- 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.
- Lower your energy bills by switching off unused equipment, changing to LED lighting, turning off lights in unused rooms.
- Think about company transport use – can you carpool, take the train, have a Skype meeting?
- 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… keep following this series!
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/
Add green value to your business the easy way (a bit more)…
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. 
Reduce Your Impact by:
- 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?
- Replacing lights with LED fittings, and turn lights off in unused rooms. Perhaps you could fit sensors to operate the lights automatically?
- Buy recycled paper and try to reuse before recycling again. Remove yourself from junk mail lists using the help from www.ecocycle.org.
- 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?
- 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 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 lift or joining a sharing community
- Share information – shout out about the changes your making and inspire others!
 The Guardian 27/11/15 Emma Howard – How do I…reduce my carbon emissions?