Green Practices

9 Green Practices for Small Business

It is important to have as many offices using green practices as possible if we are to be serious about saving the earth’s resources.  Even if you are only a small studio such as a internet marketing specialist there are many easy ways you can achieve sustainability and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are just some of them.

  • Use natural daylight as much as possible by choosing a room with a large window and locating your desk in a way that this can be utilised. Hint: don’t sit with your back to it as that will throw your shadow over your work. Facing the window can give you a glare headache, so sit at an angle.
  • Use a computer monitor that is backlit so there is no light reflection on the screen from the windows.

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Sustainability in Business

How Sustainability Can Increase the Efficiency of Your Business

Many businesses such as digital marketing companies are using the fact that they follow sustainability guidelines in their offices as a marketing angle in the hope of attracting like minded clients. In fact, they are successful at this in most cases, since people now realise the importance of doing their small bit to help save the earth’s resources by reducing their carbon footprint.

Such practices don’t even take much effort and many actually save you money, so it’s worthwhile to find out what you can do and implementing some, if not all the strategies. For instance, if your small office needs a new printer, you might consider getting one that will do more than one job. Or you might want to look at the specifications to see whether there is a toner or ink saver mode.

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Business Sustainability

How to Ensure Success in Business Sustainability

Even if you have a small business in web design or a digital agency like Slinky or have some other talent that enables you to create and run a business there are ways to implement sustainability. Not only will you be doing your bit to help keep the environment safe and clean, you’ll most likely be saving money too, since so many such practices cause less wastage.

For instance, when your business can use less power and less water,  the cost of paying for it is reduced. This is good news, especially when it doesn’t even decrease productivity.  Once you decide to implement these changes it may not be so easy, especially if staff have to change their way of doing things. We are creatures of habit and habits die hard. Here are some tips to help ensure success.
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Sustainability in Business

What does Sustainability Mean to Your Business?

Whether yours is a small web design business run by yourself, or a larger one with several employees, it’s important to understand what sustainability means for your business if you want to implement environmentally sound practices. There are three elements to be considered.

  • Saving the earth’s resources. For business, this can mean simple things that are easy to implement, such as using LED lights, turning off lights when not needed – for instance, in meeting rooms or amenities blocks – using toner save mode on the printer and so on. There are many ways to save and often such practices save you costs as well. You can also choose to work only with suppliers or other businesses that follow similar practices, but this can get a bit more complicated. It all depends on how serious and dedicated you want to be.

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Office Green

Is Your Office Green?

It is the trend these days to make your office green. Even if you work from home in web design or a similar type of work, if you have an office or work in the living room you’ll be inside a lot of the time, so it’s important that your work environment is green. Sustainability is about more than saving the earth’s resources or even making it a more pleasant place to be. It touches each one of us at a personal level.

If the environment is not clean and green, the air you breathe is not going to be healthy. If you don’t breathe healthy air, you won’t be healthy either. At the very least you’ll feel tired and lethargic much of the time. By making your office green, you’ll be doing a good thing for your own health as well as for the environment you live in.

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Business Practices

How Sustainability Can Change Business Practices

Many businesses such as SEO companies follow sustainability guidelines in their offices because they know it is likely to reduce their costs and because they can point to the fact as a way to get more customers and an improved reputation. This is all good and in Australia especially, where there are fair rules and regulations regarding employment, we don’t see a lot of what the lack of sustainability in business can actually do to employees.

In many other countries where no such regulations exist, businesses do not follow ethical practices, especially in what they provide – or rather, don’t provide – for their workers. Abominably low wages and terrible working conditions are the sad lot of such employees, who struggle to make enough for their families to eat, let alone have decent clothing, healthcare and education.

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Environmental Management

Business Benefits of Environmental Management

Many business such as website design companies and others decide to follow sustainability guidelines because they have done their research and found that not only will it help the earth’s resources to last longer, it also impacts their bottom line in a positive way. Perhaps even more importantly, when done for the right reasons it gives the web design company a good reputation.

Here are some of the reasons for going green in your business –

  • You can receive certain government grants and assistance.
  • Your company will spend less on things such as water, power and raw materials.
  • You and your company will receive positive recognition through various, numerous environmental awards.
  • It is possible to find new markets for services or goods that are ‘green’.
  • Because you’ve reduced wastage and the use of hazardous chemicals your workplace will be safer and costs will be lower.
  • Employees will be happy to work for you because they know of the increased workplace safety.
  • A positive impression in the minds of both employees and customers will be created when they know what your stand is on environmental issues.

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Go Green In Your Business

5 Ways to Go Green In Your Business

Going green in your business is not only important to help save resources, it often means a savings in costs that you didn’t expect. Since both these things are positive, there is really no reason for not making at least some changes towards sustainability, whether you run a small Internet consultancy or a coffee shop.

Here are 5 ways to go green in your business –

  1. Saving on water usage is easy.
  • Install low-flow toilets
  • Fix dripping taps or leaking cisterns
  • Choose low-flow taps and shower heads.
  • If you have an outdoor area to maintain, use drought tolerant plants and mulch to prevent soil drying out. Install irrigation with a sensor so water is not wasted.
  • If you clean with a hose, use a high pressure washer because it will use less water

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