Whether your business is just beginning to go green, or it has been implementing eco-friendly initiatives for years, it’s never too late to start being more conscious of your business’s environmental footprint. No matter your level of eco-friendliness, there’s always room for improvement, so we’ve compiled four simple steps you can take to work your way towards becoming a green(er) business. These simple everyday activities are easy to incorporate into your operations — and Mother Nature will thank you for it.
1. Go cold
If applicable for your business, go easy on your laundry water. Hospitality businesses and childcare centres often have mountains of washing, and you can save precious energy by switching your commercial washing machine to the cold setting. If your machine has it, opt for the “eco” function, which saves on water too.
This mainly goes out to all the eateries. Rather than throwing your customers’ food scraps in the bin only to end up in landfill, consider installing a compost bin. They needn’t be expensive and some councils even provide a subsidy on a compost bin — just ask your local city council (they usually have info on their websites). This is even more important if you have an onsite veggie patch or herb garden — you’ll end up with excellent, nutrient-rich mulch to nourish your stock.
3. The power of the sun
Ok, this one is a big initial outlay, but harnessing the sun’s renewable energy to power your business (or at least hot water system) by installing solar panels is a great way to save all that precious energy. At the moment, WA power suppliers are offering a rebate (which varies depending on your solar choices and suburb), so now’s the time to start getting solar power quotes.
4.Buy green packaging
Consider swapping out your product packaging, opting for more eco-friendly options. Shop our range to find out how we can support you to make greener packaging choices. We’re packaging for the future with our Australian-made packaging products that are reusable, recyclable and environmentally friendly, as well as our new biodegradable products like compostable packaging.