5 WAYS SMALL BUSINESSES CAN BE MORE SUSTAINABLE

small businesses can be more sustainable

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The majority of us are all doing our bit to be more sustainable at home, but when it comes to running a business, it can be a minefield where to start! We are here to share 5 ways that small businesses can be more sustainable!

HOW SMALL BUSINESSES CAN BE MORE SUSTAINABLE

CONSERVE ELECTRICITY 

Be conscious of the energy you use, some of these are so simple but things that we can all be guilty of..

  • Make sure to turn off all electronics when they aren’t in use.
  • Take full advantage of natural lighting, whether that is putting your laptop and desk near a window or taking photos!
  • Enable sleep mode on your electronics.
  • Remember to turn off all lights once you’ve clocked off for the day!

GREEN OFFICE SUPPLIES

These won’t only help reduce your carbon footprint, they’ll reduce a businesses energy bill!

  • Change to LED light bulbs
  • Use rechargeable batteries in your cameras ect
  • Buy recycled paper/use both sides of paper!
  • Choose reusable ink cartridges so you can refill them.

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

One very important part of running a small businesses is the packaging you use, it is the first thing your customer sees! Custom printed boxes UK are a great idea to really get your brand across. Paper and cardboard packaging is great but there are a lot more steps being taken to use fully compostable packaging which will result in no waste whatsoever.

  • Don’t use excessive packaging.
  • Can be repurposed when no longer usable.
  • Manufactured locally

GO PAPERLESS

A lot of things now are done digitally and having things stored on a computer/hard drive makes it much easier to things safe. Whether it is receipts, bills or orders – this is the perfect way your small businesses can be more sustainable. Such a small difference can be huge!

SUPPORT & COLLABORATE WITH OTHER SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES

There are so many amazing small businesses out there that thrive on being sustainable and collaborating with them would be incredible! Not only to get your business out there to a new audience, but will also show how passionate you are about sustainability – whether it is asking for advice or exchanging support!

Do you run a small business? Are you taking small steps to be more sustainable?

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. July 2, 2021 / 7:38 am

    Being sustainable is definitely something we should all strive to. I don’t own a small business right now but I would love to in the future. This post is full of helpful information!

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  2. July 2, 2021 / 8:21 am

    Love all of these ideas and they are so important! Sometimes even making a small switch can be so helpful for the environment. Every time I think of it, LED bulbs to come right up to mind and going paperless it’s actually something I should implement! x

  3. July 2, 2021 / 8:43 am

    I worked in paperless office a few years ago and I loved it. It was well established by the time I joined so I knew no different. Some of the older people in the office could not cope. It was so easy tho and since I’ve been working at home, I’ve not needed to print a single thing!

    Rosie

  4. July 2, 2021 / 8:54 am

    These are such great ideas! I’d always thought about packaging when it comes to being sustainable, but I haven’t thought of the others. I love the last pointer especially!

    Claire.X
    http://www.clairemac.co.uk

  5. July 2, 2021 / 11:22 am

    I love this – I do see a lot of small businesses making eco-choices and that’s great!

  6. July 2, 2021 / 5:07 pm

    Great post – this is really informative! I definitely need to get better at conserving energy and doing things digitally. Thanks for sharing x

  7. July 2, 2021 / 8:37 pm

    These are some really good tips, especially going paperless as it’s so easy to do!

  8. July 3, 2021 / 5:43 am

    Lovely tips! I think everyone can do their part, including small businesses. 🙂

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