Forest fires are getting more and more rampant. Typhoons and cyclones are becoming stronger and deadlier. Mother Nature has reached its breaking point. And there’s no turning back. But there are still ways to alleviate the all too real symptoms of global warming.
As much as populating Mars is a charming idea, it’s obviously not for everyone. For the majority of the Earth’s population, all we have is here and now.
One way to help our planet heal a little is to actively try to reduce our carbon footprint as individuals. Now, if you happen to own a business, your responsibility is more pronounced. The pressing need right now is for businesses to choose green and sustainable practices.
Just what are these eco-friendly business practices? Here are some of the best.
1. Sourcing out local suppliers
Instead of flying in supplies from overseas, or from a source that’s 10 hours away by trucking service, you may instead buy from local suppliers. Doing so means your products are made with less carbon footprint. It did not contain parts or ingredients that had to be reinforced for long-haul delivery and travel hundreds of miles. Both burn precious and unfortunately unclean energy, hence once those supplies reach you, they’ve already added a little something to Mother Nature’s suffering.
2. Minimal to zero packaging
This is becoming increasingly popular among entrepreneurs. It is in line with the global call for the reduction of packaging waste, or at the very least, of single-use plastic. A case in point is the brand named Shop Zero.
Shop Zero sells toiletries and household products, among others. Their hair line, for instance, is sold in reusable containers. There’s very little packaging involved in the business and they’re completely plastic-averse.
If those are not enough, the brand also engages in eco-projects such as reforestation drives. They donate to ocean conservation efforts too.
3. Proactive waste management
The best waste management system for any kind of business is one where you make as little waste as possible. Sure, segregating wastes should be heralded as a good practice. But a better one is ending a day of business operations with virtually empty trash bins.
Just how can a business do that, especially if it’s involved in the production of goods where wastes are part and parcel of the process? Begin with incorporating a recycling system within your production model.
For example, instead of dumping the containers of your raw materials, why not turn them into your product’s packaging? Here you are shooting two birds with one stone; lowering operational costs while staying environmentally conscious.
4. Clean energy usage
It’s inspiring to know that more businesses are opting for clean energy, such as via solar panels. This is the best time to join the trend. If you find a conscientious supplier of solar panels, this can be a surefire opportunity to reduce operational costs since solar is more affordable than energy sources from fossil fuel. However, this approach is practical only for small businesses in the meantime. Those engaged in massive productions might not be suited to this business practice.
Solar panels will have to be placed outside where there’s an unobstructed view of the sun. With that said, you will need to spruce up your security detail. Otherwise, those solar panels might attract thieves and vandals. To prevent that from happening, partner with a reliable security company.
5. Partnership with other green businesses
If you’re committed to going green for the long haul, it’s in your best interest to find green business partners too. Do you run a restaurant? Buy your raw products from a local organic farm. Are you in the salon business? Purchase salon necessities from brands like Shop Zero.
A network of green businesses working together is Mother Earth’s wet dream. That will be a welcome change since she’s getting pretty hot.
There’s still profit to be made even when your business follows the green and sustainable path. Do not be dissuaded by naysayers professing how pivoting to eco-friendly practices compromises profit margins. Nowadays, consumers favor products and services that are doing their part to fight global warming via eco-friendly business choices. Such has been the findings of an online survey conducted by Accenture Strategy, where at least 60 percent of respondents vowed support for green businesses. So long as loyal customers exist, no business shall go bust.
But more than the business rewards, deciding to run your business in the most eco-friendly way will give you peace of mind and a sense of critical accomplishment. You are making the right choice. And deep in your heart, you know it.