10 Easy Tips for Businesses to Go Green

Today it makes sense both for the planet as well as for profit, for businesses to implement green practices and initiatives.

If your business does not have a “green team”, ask if you can be in charge of putting some of these tips into place. They are easy to do. Company morale and the businesses bottom line will both be better off!

10 Easy Tips for Businesses To Go Green

  1. Implement a “lights off” campaign. Post signs asking employees to turn off the lights when they leave a room. This can also include turning off computers or other electronics when not in use.
  2. Take advantage of natural light. If you have windows or skylights, arrange your office to maximize natural lighting.
  3. Paper recycling. If you do not offer paper recycling at your business, you are living in the dark ages!  Recycling bins can easily be found online. You can also reuse paper by cutting it into scrap paper.
  4. Become as paperless as possible.  This is becoming more and more popular and even expected in a lot of businesses.
  5. Use non-hazardous and eco-friendly cleaning products.  Your work environment will be less toxic, leading to better health for your employees.
  6. Offer a food co-op. There are many businesses now that deliver organic produce, local goods and other foods. Your business can be a drop off point. Employees will have access to healthier foods and will also be helping local farms in your community.
  7. Recycle office equipment, batteries, cardboard, metal and more. You’d be surprised about local recycling programs. Reach out to your city or county recycling services to see what is acceptable in your area.
  8. Encourage ride sharing. With a little effort, you can find out which routes employees are currently taking to work. By having drop off/pick up points, employees can save wear and tear on their cars and get to know one another.
  9. Buy organic and fair trade coffees and teas. Coffee has a high level of pesticide residue. If cost is an issue, use a pay per cup system.
  10. Get rid of paper & plastic products in the employee lounge. Employees should be responsible for bringing their own dishes.

What tips do you have for going green at work? Let us know in the comments below.



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Tara LaSalla

Tara is the owner of Green Me Locally which was established in 2010 with a mission to bring awareness to the surrounding community about local eco-friendly businesses, events and sustainable living. She is also a business profitability consultant and specializes in helping companies lower their environmental impact, do good things for people and the planet and become more profitable at the same time. Tara helps companies create simple, sustainable solutions and become totally green while still increasing their profits. Her core belief is that we only have one planet, so it is our obligation to start making changes for the sake of our health and the health of future generations. Tara is known for creating easy solutions for post-consumer waste and the conservation of natural resources. Her clients are inspired and empowered to lead the way to a healthier tomorrow. Tara currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL where she is an active community leader in the form of environmental and marine conservation and education. Her work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Watch and other local organizations continues to inspire those around her to protect our natural resources. She holds true to one of Mahatma Gandhi's most famous principles: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

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