There is no denying the fact that all businesses depend on nature. The planet is the ultimate provider of crucial raw materials and the environment for free. And that is something humans have taken for granted for a long time.
The devastation caused to nature has made the planet less stable, and it is only inevitable that catastrophe will strike us soon. But not unless we reimagine and rebuild our business values and change the system.
Businesses have the ability to be a force of change; if you wish to fight for the planet, then it is the best way to save it. Whether it is a small business or a large enterprise, both can shape buying habits and provide sustainable choices to the consumers. Natural assets and the environment need to be managed sustainably to create a better future.
You must alter business activities and adopt planet-centric innovations and solutions to halt the adverse effects of climate change. The global thermostat is rising, and the clock is ticking. It’s high time businesses adapt to an approach centered on the planet, people and profits.
Small business and impact entrepreneurs begin their journey to sustainability by evaluating and analyzing their carbon footprint and making innovative changes. Climate change is undoubtedly overwhelming, and while there are a lot of unknowns, natural solutions are required on a global scale. Here are eight ways businesses can create a planet-centric future and fight the modern-day disaster- climate change.
1. Work with environmentally conscious suppliers
Businesses can work with environmentally conscious suppliers to use products that use less energy and produce less waste. The items used by companies like paper and cleaning effects can be harmful to the environment because of the processes that go into creating them. Offices must choose suppliers that offer recycled products or natural, green cleaners. Small changes make a huge difference, and using these products prevents toxins from seeping into streams and filling up landfills.
2. Reduce, reuse, recycle
Keep waste out of landfills by adopting the three Rs: Reduce, reuse and recycle. Companies must choose to reduce usage and shun disposable and plastic packaging. Promote the use of glass or ceramic for offices and reduce regular waste. Less waste going to landfills will reduce the release of harmful greenhouse gas, methane, contributing to climate change. Employees should be encouraged to reuse warehouse boxes and both sides of the printer paper. And wherever possible, recover energy from waste and recycle items to use fewer fossil fuels. Sustainability and conservation should go hand in hand.
3. Feel no shame in secondhand finds
If you are launching a new startup, you can reduce your carbon imprint by not wasting money on new furniture. It consumes a lot of energy and raw material to build new tables, chairs, and desks. Go green and feel no shame in secondhand finds as you contribute to the noble cause of sustainability and reduce waste. All the furniture you use saves a lot going into the landfills.
4. Allow remote work
In the past few years, remote work has gained popularity. While it has helped many people thrive during covid lockdowns and isolations, remote work can also help save energy and resources. It is a great way to reduce traffic and its overall carbon footprint as there are fewer cars on roads. Aside from being a sustainable option, it allows employees to have a work-life balance. Remote work is a win-win solution for the business, employees, and the planet.
5. Promote public transportation
Reduce your company’s overall carbon footprint by promoting and encouraging public transportation for the commute. Perhaps the greenest way to commute and contribute the least to greenhouse gas emissions.
6. Opt for sustainable packaging
If your business ships products, the packaging is crucial for the operation. You must choose retailers that offer compostable packaging and sustainable packaging options as a sustainable business. The goal must be to produce zero to minimal waste.
7. Minimize business travels
Commercial air travel is one of the leading carbon dioxide emitters, and it is referred to as the greatest ‘environmental sin’ for a good reason. Businesses can opt for video conferencing technology to minimize business travel and use more carbon-efficient ways like train or bus instead of air travel to reduce business’s carbon footprint.
8. Invest in renewable energy
If your environment allows, invest in renewable energy sources such as solar or wind. Relying heavily on fossil fuels is one of the leading causes of carbon emissions and global warming. It also depletes the planet of its resources, leaving less for future generations. Companies and businesses must adopt a futuristic approach and take all possible steps to invest in and use renewable energy sources.
There are many paths to sustainability, and each company can adapt to sustainable norms according to its potential. But the fact is that the climate crisis is a dire phenomenon, and businesses have the power to address it and revert it through incorporating sustainable practices.
Every company has a part to play, whether you like it or not. The planet is home to all, and it is our duty and responsibility to take care of the earth and its resources in every possible way. Take steps to shrink down the carbon footprints of your business.
The possibilities are endless, so begin your journey to sustainability today.