With the effects of global warming becoming more apparent each day, it is up to everyone to do their part to protect the environment. Many people making changes in their personal lives, but businesses can also go green. Especially E-Commerce businesses with small offices. Here are five ways to make the workplace better for the environment:
Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances
Using energy-efficient appliances is a great way to make your e-commerce business’ office more environmentally friendly. These machines help you save on energy costs and help you reduce your business’s carbon footprint. With energy-efficient appliances, you will be using less power and placing lower demand on the national power grid. Energy-efficient office appliances may include multi-function devices, LED lamps, water heaters, and other energy star qualified products.
Use low flow toilets and faucet aerators to control the amount of water that your office uses. Low-flow aerators are especially effective as they can control the amount of water coming out of a faucet. Doing so helps you conserve water, reduces your water bill, and reduces the demand your business makes on public utilities.
Reduce and Manage Your Waste
Start by changing the plates and cups in your office to reusable options that can be used time and again. Label waste bins to encourage people to separate office wastes for easy disposal and recycling. Print documents on both sides of the paper and avoid making unnecessary copies.
Use Green Cleaning Products
Synthetic cleaning products contribute to poor air quality and may even cause respiratory diseases if inhaled in large enough quantities. To prevent this issue, ensure that your office only uses green cleaning products such as vinegar, lemon, and baking soda. You can also choose to source green cleaning products from businesses in your area to get your office cleaned without harming the environment.
Purchase Earth-Friendly Office Supplies
Avoid purchasing office supplies and equipment that affect the environment adversely. Consider the impact that the purchases will have on the environment and choose green alternatives. Go for items that can be reused or recycled and avoid those that need to be replaced regularly.
Bonus: Organizing Green Events
Organizing green events not only has a direct positive impact on the environment, but it’s an excellent way of creating greater visibility into both sustainability, climate change, and green choices. Besides that, organizing events in general creates some significant exposure to help your business grow and reach the next level. Show your audience what your business is all about. The guys over at TickPick created an extensive guide on how to go about organizing your first green event.
Bonus: Ship with Floship’s E-Commerce Order Fulfillment
Shipping may not be the most environmentally friendly industry in the world. We all know that it can be, in fact, quite polluting. Yet, e-commerce businesses rely on shipping services to get their products to their customers, worldwide. Floship does its best to minimize the negative effects on nature. For instance, by using recycled packaging, and smart algorithms for packing goods with minimum waste of space and therefore, materials. Our systems allow us to optimize packing in such a way that as little as cardboard is required while still allowing space to protect the content of the parcel. This has a more positive impact on our planet. Reach out and get a free consultation with one of our solution experts. No strings attached.
PS. Floship uses bio-degradable packaging material, making an industry known to impact the environment negatively, just that bit more environmentally friendly.
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You can make your e-commerce business more environmentally friendly by making some quick and easy adjustments to the office and to your shipping solution. Not only do the changes protect the environment, but you can also save some money since you are reducing spending. Plus, customers will appreciate that you are doing your part to go green.