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Setting Up a Sustainable Business

Embarking on a new business adventure is an exciting but daunting journey at the best of times. With an increased awareness of how our actions affect the planet, you lso have to consider the sustainability of your new enterprise. What was once an afterthought is now one of the number one things to consider after deciding what you do and where you do it. From choosing the right packaging to switching water suppliers read on for our top tips on setting up a truly sustainable office. 

#01 Why your water supplier matters

Discover the productivity and cost-efficiency that come with carefully considering which business water supplier to work with. Choosing a sustainably conscious water supplier can significantly reduce your water consumption, leading to lower utility bills and a positive environmental impact.  Look for suppliers that will carry out water audits to ensure you are not loosing water to leaks and drips as well as more industrial processes. Water is our most valuable natural resource, by positioning your business as a sustainable and responsible entity in the eyes of customers and stakeholders you will be proactively setting your business apart as a leader in sustainability. 

#02 Eco-Friendly Packaging Choices

Considering the environmental impact of your packaging and opting for eco-friendly choices is crucial for businesses aiming to reduce their carbon footprint. When selecting packaging materials, keep in mind the following eco-friendly options:

Biodegradable Materials: Choose packaging made from materials like plant-based plastics or compostable paper to reduce waste.

Recycled Content: Opt for packaging that contains recycled materials to minimise the need for new resources.

Minimalist Design: Simplify packaging designs to reduce materials used and make recycling easier for consumers.

Reusable options: Could your customer bring packaging back to be refilled? THis is a great option to build a loyal customer following.

#03 Boosting Workplace Productivity

Sustainability is not just about saving the planet. Your employees are a vital part of your business. The most successful businesses are ones that retain their staff. Not only do happy employees perform better, but the cost of having to constantly onboard and train staff quickly adds up. 

Step to a productive workplace

Encourage open communication and collaboration among team members to foster creativity and efficiency. Consider implementing regular breaks to prevent burnout and maintain focus. Provide opportunities for professional development and training to keep skills sharp and motivation high. Provide benefits, from small things like a well-stocked snack cupboard for employees to much bigger things like private health insurance. Build incentives into your business plan that give employees more benefits than just their wage. Foster a healthy work/life balance. Understanding that your employees have lives outside of work is vital. Flexibility around working from home or taking time off for personal matters should also be part of your plan.

#04 Green Energy options

We talked about sustainable water options at the start, you will also need to consider the suitability of the other utilities you use. Firstly, assess current energy usage through audits to identify inefficiencies and areas for improvement. This includes evaluating electricity, heating and cooling. Next, set clear goals for energy reduction and renewable energy adoption. These goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). Implement energy-saving measures such as upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, and smart thermostats. Encourage employees to participate in energy-saving practices, such as turning off lights and unplugging devices when not in use.

Invest in renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, or purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs). Consider onsite renewable energy generation where feasible and explore partnerships with local renewable energy providers. Establish policies for sustainable procurement, prioritising energy-efficient products and services. Regularly monitor and track energy usage to evaluate progress towards goals and identify further opportunities for improvement. Lastly, educate and engage employees on the importance of energy conservation and sustainability, fostering a culture of environmental stewardship within the office.

Conclusion

When you plan out a sustainable business you’re not only making eco-friendly choices but ones that prioritise your staff and their well-being too. Balancing environmental concerts, the health and happiness of your staff AND the profits of your business can be a confusing juggle but it is possible. By following these steps you will be on your way to a successful and sustainable business.

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