18 Jul

10 sustainable business practices that reduce your footprint

10 sustainable business practices that reduce your footprint

There are so many people who are starting small business in the current world so as to earn a living or exploit a business opportunity that they have found. It is therefore necessary to share with you practices that help to reduce the footprint in the business.
Starting a new business or improving a new one often looks like a very tiresome task to do. As you start your business there are a lot of simple things that you should consider to reduce so as to lighten the footprint of your business. This involves the tasks that you undertake from the beginning of the business to the time that the business can be said to be mature. These sustainable business practices are eco-friendly and friendly to the company budget as well.


Here are some sustainable practices that you can carry out in your business day to day to reduce the footprint of your business

Reducing the number of papers that you use.
Most of the wastes that we always see are papers. Even though they can be recycled, it is important to reduce the papers that you use in your day to day operation of your business. It is not necessary to print each and every email that you receive. You can consider storing the most important of them in an external hard disk and arranging the others in a manner that they will not get lost in your computer. You can also set your computer in such a way that it prints documents on both side of the page.

Digitalize your documents.
You can always get contracts signed faster and easily by use of the electronic signatures. Professionals of the Adobe Acrobat will allow you to sign files that are PDF form digitally. They will also allow you to create PDF documents with fields for your clients to sign.
Software like the E-signature or the Docsign will help you to securely sign documents or obtain signatures from vendors and clients. Consider sending documents like your propels through you your email as PDF attachments. The clients will the sign this documents and send them back to you and at the end of the day you will both have signed copies of this documents without having to print them. You can also send invoices through paypal and get paid instantly.

Pull off that plug.
You are not always using your computer all the time. You should therefore turn it off when you leave the office so as to avoid unnecessary energy consumption. When you are in the office, you may not be using all the electronics at the same time hence you should turnoff or unplug the ones that are not in use at that time. Consider programing your computer to go off after a certain duration when not in use


You are not always using your computer all the time. You should therefore turn it off when you leave the office so as to avoid unnecessary energy consumption. When you are in the office, you may not be using all the electronics at the same time hence you should turnoff or unplug the ones that are not in use at that time. Consider programing your computer to go off after a certain duration when not in use


You are not always using your computer all the time. You should therefore turn it off when you leave the office so as to avoid unnecessary energy consumption. When you are in the office, you may not be using all the electronics at the same time hence you should turnoff or unplug the ones that are not in use at that time. Consider programing your computer to go off after a certain duration when not in use


You are not always using your computer all the time. You should therefore turn it off when you leave the office so as to avoid unnecessary energy consumption. He you are in the office, you may not be using all the electronics at the same time hence you should turnoff or unplug the ones that are not in use at that time. Consider programing your computer to go off after a certain duration when not in use.

Work with other companies.
There are high chances that in same location with your business, there are other businesses that are being set up or initializing. It is therefore wise to work with them so as to get their services when you need them. You can seek green vendors to your business since being a green business involves ensuring that everything is green.

Freecycle.
Being a green business, you may not have enough funds to buy new furniture you can therefore consider using those that have been disposed off by already grown businesses.

Start a company electronics recycling program.
E-waste is usually very harmful to the environment. Stead of throwing the electronics away, consider giving them out maybe for charity to be used in making other important items like the cell phone.

Reduce junk mail flow.
We usually receives lots of mails that are not necessary to us. You can reduce this by removing your name from the direct Marketing Association.

Build your operating office green from the start.
Use eco-friendly flooring options that are made from renewable materials. Use fabrics that are made from bamboo for window covering.

Come up with wise ways to get waste.
Place papers bins in different locations that like just next to the photocopier so as to help you get them easily for recycling.


Educate yourself.
Make sure that you are always on the trend of where you want to reach. Always keep up with the news so as to know the different areas that need you to improve.
When beginning a green business, sustainability should be part of your plan. Avoid small activities that end up being too expensive and always focus on minimizing costs.

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Camila Dietrich

Camila is passionate about helping people find innovative new ways to green. She enjoy writing poetry in her spare time.
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