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How to operate a more environmentally friendly business

Our top tips to operate a more environmentally friendly business

Operating a more environmentally friendly business is not only beneficial for the planet but can also improve your business's reputation, reduce costs, and attract environmentally conscious customers. Here are some of the best ways to operate a more environmentally friendly business:

Reduce energy consumption

One of the most effective ways to reduce your business's carbon footprint is to reduce energy consumption. You can do this by installing energy-efficient lighting, using natural light, turning off equipment when not in use, and using energy-efficient appliances.

Reduce water consumption

Reducing water consumption is another effective way to operate a more environmentally friendly business. You can do this by installing low-flow toilets and faucets, fixing leaks, and using water-efficient appliances.

Reduce waste

Reducing waste is essential for any environmentally friendly business. You can do this by recycling, composting, and reducing the use of disposable products such as paper cups and plastic bags. You can also donate or sell items that are no longer needed instead of throwing them away. A waste audit can help identify areas where waste can be reduced and provide recommendations for how to do so – check out our article to find out how to conduct a waste audit.

Use eco-friendly products

Using eco-friendly products is an effective way to reduce your environmental impact. You can use recycled paper products, non-toxic cleaning products, and eco-friendly office supplies.

Encourage sustainable transportation

Encouraging sustainable transportation can reduce your business's carbon footprint. You can encourage your employees to bike, walk, or use public transportation to get to work.

The UK government's Bike to Work Scheme is a tax-efficient initiative that encourages employees to cycle to work by offering a loan to purchase a bike and related equipment. The scheme allows employees to save up to 42% on the cost of a new bike and accessories, which are paid for through salary deductions over a period of time. This initiative aims to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and promote healthier lifestyles for employees. The Bike to Work Scheme is available to all businesses in the UK, and has been successful in encouraging more people to cycle to work.

You can also offer incentives for carpooling or using electric or hybrid vehicles.

Implement a sustainability policy

Implementing a sustainability policy is a great way to ensure that your business is operating in an environmentally friendly way. Your sustainability policy should include specific actions that your business will take to reduce its environmental impact.

Educate your employees

Educating your employees about the importance of sustainability and the actions that your business is taking to reduce its environmental impact can help to create a culture of sustainability in your workplace.

Operating a more environmentally friendly business is crucial for the planet's health, your business's reputation, and your bottom line. By reducing energy and water consumption, reducing waste, using eco-friendly products, encouraging sustainable transportation, implementing a sustainability policy, and educating your employees, you can operate a more environmentally friendly business.

J&B Recycling are based in the North of England. Our commercial collection services operate from the Scottish Borders down to Hull and North Yorkshire. Our main areas for collecting and processing commercial waste include Teesside (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton), Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Get in touch for more information and to request a quote.

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