How do you make your business greener?

Green business is becoming increasingly popular, with more and more organisations applying sustainability and environmental friendliness within their philosophy. To help these companies take an extra step forward, we have put together a number of tips to make your company even greener.

1. Leave the car at home

Of course, this cannot be said often enough. Cars create huge emissions, so try to choose more sustainable alternatives as much as possible. This of course applies not only to employees, but also to employers. When you are considering making the switch to a different business property, look at how easy it is to reach by bicycle or public transport. Try to stimulate your employees as much as possible to go for these more sustainable transport methods.

2. Make the move to the Cloud

By collaborating in Clouds like Google Apps, Office 365 and Apple iCloud, you can ensure that your employees can easily share files and stay in touch. This ensures that you can save a lot on printing, travel costs, and the associated carbon emissions.

3. Make green purchases

By making green purchases, you can quickly make an impact in a relatively easy way. This means that you purchase goods or services that are produced and delivered in a sustainable manner. For example, the choice of local suppliers instead of large parties. Therefore, as much as possible, make sure that the goods you buy:

  • Sustainably produced
  • Does not contain toxic or ozone-depleting substances
  • Can be recycled or is made from recycled material
  • Made from renewable materials
  • No use of excessive packaging
  • Are designed to be repaired, so don’t just throw them away.

4. Reduce the energy footprint of your premises

A large part of the annual energy used goes to lighting, heating, cooling and appliance use of businesses and households. Of course, a lot of research is done to find the best methods to save on this. These include insulation, solar systems and energy-efficient appliances. So when you move into a new building, try to pay as much attention to this as possible!

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