With many consumers becoming increasingly eco-conscious, developing a green business can be a smart business decision and a great way to preserve the planet.
Not only are your customers more likely to shop with your brand in comparison to your rivals, but you can also improve your company’s reputation while supporting the environment.
If you want to develop an ethical business that protects the planet, find out how to create an eco-friendly startup.
Dispose of Waste in an Environmentally-Friendly Manner
Most companies will produce a considerable amount of waste and their actions can have either a positive or negative impact on the environment.
To develop a green business, you must dispose of all waste in an environmentally-friendly manner. For example, you must provide your employees and/or customers with bins for non-recyclables, recyclables and compost.
Also, if your business regularly uses hazardous materials that could be detrimental to the planet, you must find an ethical way to dispose of the objects or substances. For example, if your company uses solvent-based paints, you should contact a waste consultancy service for assistance disposing of or recycling the toxic products.
Pledge to Work Only with Green Partners
To truly become a sustainable business, you must not align your business with companies who do not share the same mission as your brand. To fully commit to your ethical practices, you should pledge only to work with eco-friendly businesses.
Inspire Your Customers to Go Green
As everyone has a responsibility to protect the environment, try to incentivize your customers to make green changes to their daily habits. For example, if you are launching a coffee shop, you could provide a discount for a cup of joe each time a customer brings their own travel mug, which can prevent reliance on disposable cups.
Use Sustainable Packaging
It is hypocritical to call your business eco-friendly and then use unsustainable materials in your product packaging. To commit to an eco-friendly vision, you must only use sustainable packaging. For example, you must avoid using any materials made from polyethylene, polystyrene and Styrofoam.
Instead, you should incorporate the following recyclable materials into your packaging:
- Plant-based plastics
- Biodegradable plastics
- Recycled products
Businesses of all sizes should always attempt to buy locally made products over suppliers who need to travel long distance. To lower your company’s carbon footprint, select the most fuel-efficient modes of transportation for delivering products to your warehouse and shipping orders to customers. If possible, aim to order a large amount of inventory over buying in small batches, which can reduce the frequency of your suppliers’ trips to your new business.
Run a Paperless Business
Rather than using a considerable amount of paper each day, create and store digital copies online instead, which you should regularly backup for cybersecurity purposes. Digital documents can ultimately reduce the planet’s reliance on paper and will support the fragile eco-system.
Plus, a paperless business can lead to a more organized office space, which can improve internal productivity. If, however, you need to use paper, double-side your prints and recycle all paper to prevent the materials from ending up in a landfill.