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As the children head back to school and the business world wakes up from its Summer Slumber, it’s a good time to reflect on your business. You’ve got just enough time to reflect and implement changes ready to make a difference in Q4 of 2023. 

In today’s world, businesses have a significant role to play in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable practices. While it may seem daunting, making small changes within your business can have a remarkable impact on reducing your carbon footprint and contributing to a greener future. 

Here’s three small things you could implement now to improve your business’ carbon footprint and help protect our planet:

Embrace energy efficiency

Start by assessing your energy consumption and make adjustments to reduce waste. Switch to energy-efficient LED lighting and encourage employees to power down electronics when not in use. By adopting these practices, you’ll not only save money on utility bills but also conserve valuable energy resources.

Make sure you have a recycling bin

This may seem like an obvious one but the UK waste management agency, found that 80% of companies do not have separate recycling bins. The majority of us recycle at home so it shouldn’t be too difficult to implement recycling within the workplace too. Most office buildings will have recycling bins or collection points and you can always speak to your local council about getting a recycling bin for your business. 

Go paperless

‘Paperless’ is a buzzword at the moment and for good reason, paper manufacturing is the third largest emitter of global warming pollution in most industrialized nations. You can minimise paper usage by embracing digital solutions and storing documents electronically. Encouraging e-communication instead of printing emails, and utilising cloud storage for file sharing are also great things to do. If printing is necessary, make sure you print double-sided and use recycled paper.

Becoming an eco-friendly business doesn’t require drastic changes but rather a series of small, intentional steps. Embracing these eco-friendly practices not only benefits the planet but also enhances your brand reputation and reduces costs in the long run. So, let’s take responsibility, lead by example, and work together to create a sustainable future—one small change at a time.