5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint
The climate crisis is a key priority for governments, organisations and individuals across the globe – and consumers are searching for responsible companies that care about sustainability. Impressing customers and helping to save the planet aren’t the only reasons to reduce your carbon footprint. Becoming more sustainable has the potential to save you money, too. Read on to discover 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
Tip 1 Reduce the amount of paper you use
The World Counts has some revealing facts about paper, including that it makes up 50% of business waste. So an obvious place to start, if you’re trying to reduce your business carbon footprint, is by reducing the amount of paper your business uses.
Email has already supplanted snail mail in terms of business communications. But what about record keeping? Shifting to cloud-based tools like Google Docs or Dropbox is an easy way to reduce paper usage. It’s also far more convenient, as it means you’re able to access the documents you need, wherever you are.
Tip 2 Work from home
An easy one for 2020! Depending on where in the world your business is located, you may have no option but to be doing this at the moment. However, working from home – even if it’s only for a day or two a week – delivers a huge array of long-term benefits, including significantly reducing your carbon footprint.
If you (and your employees) normally work out of a traditional office, it’s worth considering the impact that this has on your business carbon footprint. Commuting, appliances, air conditioning units… the list goes on. Reducing the amount of time you spend in the office, even if remote working isn’t practical all of the time, can have a significant impact on your carbon footprint. (And for those days when you are in the office, this article has some key pointers to keep energy use and costs as low as possible.)
Tip 3 Switch to renewable energy
If you’re looking for strategies to reduce your carbon footprint, boost your efficiency and reduce your costs, then switching to renewable energy is a win-win solution.
True, you will need to make an initial investment. But harnessing green energy sources – by installing solar panels, for example – will save (or even make) your business money in the long term. What’s more, you’ll reduce your reliance on dominant energy companies’ ever-rising prices.
Tip 4 Transform your approach to waste
How does your business dispose of food waste? What about recycling? And what do you do with electronic waste – old computers and printers, for example?
It’s worth researching your options to find the most sustainable. For example, it’s possible to find food recycling solutions that reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill. You’ll also find e-waste recycling centres or online services that will recycle your waste responsibly. When trying to reduce your waste, remember to follow the golden rule: reduce, reuse, recycle – in that order.
Tip 5 Revolutionise the way you interact with Go Paperless
Did you know that 200 billion traditional business cards are printed every year – but that 88% are discarded within a week? This shocking statistic brings it home: not only are traditional business cards unsustainable; they’re also ineffective.
We’ve created a digital business card that doubles as a marketing platform for your brand – helping you impress your target audience, show case your brand effectively, grow your database and boost your green credentials. They’re also fantastic value – and are free to update whenever details change or team members move on. And for every card you buy, our partner charity World Land Trust plants a tree.
Ultimately, becoming more sustainable will give your business a competitive advantage – impressing your customers and saving you money. You’ll also be playing a crucial role in helping tackle the climate crisis and preserving the planet for future generations.
So there you have it – 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint.