How to make your small business more environmentally friendly

By Henry Brown

The climate crisis is something that we should all be concerned with. With the world aiming towards becoming carbon neutral, everybody needs to be making the effort to change their ways, from governments and global industries, through to small businesses and individuals.

If you run a small business, then you should do everything in your power to reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Becoming more environmentally friendly in your workplace may involve implementing strategies and procedures, and educating your team. But the added advantage of carrying out environmental training with your team is that you will be able to help them to change their habits outside of the workplace too. These will lead to more homes becoming cleaner too.

Here are a few ways that you can help your business to become more environmentally friendly.

Minimize waste water

One of the major threats to the world is that we are running out of safe drinking water. While 70% of the world is covered by ocean, this is not suitable for drinking, and it is estimated that two billion people do not have access to clean and safe water.

Your business needs to look at ways of reducing its water waste however possible. Look at areas where water is used. You could install flush-less urinals, find and repair leaks, put up signage about not leaving taps running and fitting Oil Water Separator Technologies in applicable industries.

Fortunately, you do not have to become an expert in what can be a very technical area, such as stormwater prevention. Companies exist across the country that can help you develop an appropriate plan. Just search for stormwater prevention plan companies in Houston, TX, for example, to find experts in this important field.

Improve the way your business uses energy

We all need electricity. Whatever line of business you are in, there are going to be things that you will need power for. But often computers are left on when they are not in use, lights are not switched off when someone leaves the room, and your company will be burning through excessive energy. Implementing policies to switch off items when not in use will help the environment and reduce your electricity bill.

Using motion switches on your lights will mean that if there is nobody in a room, then the lights will switch off. This will save you vital energy and reduce costs. Ensuring that machines at least go into standby when they are not in use will mean that they are consuming less power until someone switches them off.

Switch your business’s electricity supply over to a company that provides 100% renewable green energy. Many of the major energy suppliers are still heavily reliant on coal-based power, so having your energy come from a company that uses hydro, wind, or solar power will be much more environmentally friendly.

Review your recycling 

Your business will no doubt have a considerable amount of waste. But you need to examine any procedures that you currently have for ensuring that as much of that waste as possible gets recycled. You may need to look into using the services of a recycling company that will be able to take and process more of your waste so you are being as efficient and proactive with your recycling as possible.


Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop, he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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