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Being environmentally friendly is incredibly important for a business. Whilst it may seem like you can't make a difference alone, taking part in environmental initiatives can encourage other business to do the same - ultimately resulting in an overall wider impact.

Admittedly, it might seem daunting if you're not currently focussing on environmentally friendly practices, but as a business, it's one of the most beneficial things you can do. Not only does it look great to the outside world, but it encourages people to adopt habits that help protect our planet.

With that in mind, here are 5 ways you can become a more environmentally friendly business:

  • Encourage Staff To Recycle Through Regular Emails And Updates

Getting your employees involved is one of the most important aspects of becoming an environmentally friendly company, but perhaps one of the most difficult. If possible, send regular reminders to your staff encouraging them to recycle where often, to only print when necessary and to use eco-friendly office products.

For more advice on encouraging your employees to be more environmentally friendly, you can visit this handy guide here.

  • Have Multiple Points For Recycling Throughout Your Office

It can be hard to motivate people to recycle at the best times, so having multiple points where they can recycle their paper and plastics will definitely help - especially if you're a larger company.

To make it even easier, have recycling bins next to all of your general waste bins so it's no extra effort to recycle.

  • Use Suppliers And Contractors That Follow Best Environmental Practices

When looking into potential suppliers and contractors to use as a business, make sure you find out whether or not they follow best environmental practices.

For example, if you were to use a liquid waste removal or landscaper for any external work to your premises - you will easily be able to find out how environmentally friendly they are on their website of social media.

  • Invest In Environmentally Friendly Office Products

Whilst you can't buy everything in eco-friendly form, there are lots of small changes you can make around the office. Try purchasing things that can be easily recycled, including paper, light bulbs and batteries.

If you want to go the extra mile then you can purchase products that have been made out of recyclable materials. This could be ideal for purchasing stationary for the office, or when hosting large conference-style events.

  • Use Electricity In The Office Wisely

Cutting down on electricity in the office is definitely hard when you need it to work, but being more conscious about what you use when can make so much difference.

Rather than leaving things on standby when you leave each night, try switching them off. Although it may seem small, if every team member does it every night, you can see the kind of impact it will have.

To remind your staff to turn everything off before they leave, stick posters and reminders up by the exit doors. Alternatively, you can invest in eneregy saving products that turn off after a certain period of inactivity.

What else can you do to be more environmentally friendly as a business? Let us know if we missed anything in the comment section below.

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