Earth Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to talk green. Now before you roll your eyes and stop reading, consider this: Going green isn’t just good for the planet, it can differentiate you from the competition and can actually help your bottom line. Here are 3 easy ways you can start saving money by decreasing your impact on the planet.
- Switch to PCW paper products. PCW means post-consumer waste which is made from entirely recycled paper. Making PCW paper uses 45% less energy and creates half the waste of the traditional papermaking process. Text, cover, and some coated papers are cost-competitive with virgin papers and, in some cases, even cost less! Or, you can ditch the paper completely and opt for a paperless working operation by using the cloud for storage and sharing.
- Use CLF or LED lights in your office. Yes, it’s true, CLF and LED lights do cost more than traditional lights; however, they last significantly longer and use much less energy, shrinking your energy bill while decreasing your global footprint.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle. Of course, I can’t talk about saving money and the globe without going back to the basics. Did you know, the average American worker uses more than 500 disposable cups every year? Swap those paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils for reusable products in your office; it will save you money in the long run to opt for something you can’t throw away! Plus, you can delight your employees by giving them branded reusable water bottles and mugs to use, which extends your brand reach outside of the office as well! Be sure to set up recycling bins all over the office with guides on what can be recycled.
- Bonus: install water dispensing systems. Put those branded water bottles to good use and reduce costs by opting out of buying plastic water bottles.
These are just a few tips to start reducing your carbon footprint and saving some money. It’s important to note that your efforts to go green can actually result in actual green (dollars) with tax credits for energy efficiency, reduction in carbon emissions, and using solar just to name a few. Going green can also be used as a recruiting tactic as well as potentially increasing investor interest. Investors are more likely to put their money into a business that is working on reducing its overhead costs however they can.
By working to greenify your company, you can establish your brand as a leader in the environment revolution.