Sustainability is a priority for businesses all over the world. In order to achieve compliance, there are a growing number of business standards and expectations you must work to, as well as government regulations. But if you are a small business with limited resources, being sustainable may seem impossible.
In reality, sustainability can be used to identify and control risk, reduce costs and improve your reputation, and developing sustainability standards can be simple. Take a look below at some ways in which you can add elements of sustainability to your small business.
No matter whether you are based in an office or a retail outlet, there are a number of ways you can reduce your energy consumption. Monitor the energy you use, from equipment to heating and lighting. Make sure you are using the most efficient and environmentally friendly options, only use it when you need to, and look into alternative energy sources such as solar panels.
There are ways to quickly and easily reduce water waste. Like energy, only use water when you need it. Monitor usage, fix any leaks, and look into alternative water sources.
We all produce waste, but as long as you reuse and recycling that waste you can reduce the overall amount. From creating compost to separating your waste, you can comply with regulations, save money and help the environment.
Greenhouse gas emissions are important to both businesses and the government. You can do your part to reduce your emissions by identifying your emissions (travel, waste, energy use) and putting plans in place to reduce these wherever possible.
There are also ways to make more sustainable business choices such as investing in sustainable, locally sourced, recycled products. These may seem like small steps, but they have a larger overall impact. If every business operates in the same sustainable way it will have a positive effect on wider society.