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Why More Businesses are Going Sustainable, and What You Can Do to Follow Their Example

Today’s business is much different than it was even 10-years ago. Employees can be a little more mobile, suits aren’t as boxy, and an entire business can be run through a smartphone. There’s been another shift, however. Businesses today have become a lot more sustainable.

Businesses across Australia have made a decision to be more eco-friendly - to not leave as large of a carbon footprint as they did before. Some have certainly been told to try AGL solar for solar power, while others have been given advice on how to make their office more carbon neutral.

Having a more sustainable business is an excellent shift in the right direction - and one that you can very easily make too.

Why the Shift?

Businesses have chosen to shift toward sustainability for positive reasons: to increase their market share, increase profits, grow employee pride, meet brand promises and increase brand loyalty to name a few. Consumers are living sustainably, therefore business must meet their customer’s desires. The customer is always right, right?

Additionally, businesses could experience highly impressive savings by switching to sustainable energy. In the US, Procter & Gamble made the switch in order to reduce its emissions. The measures they undertook have already saved them $500M USD, with the potential to save even more.

 Steps You Can Take

 If large businesses like Procter & Gamble can make a shift, so can you! Large businesses are already reaping the benefits of sustainable practices. Here are some steps that you can take to make your business a haven of sustainability.

Make a Commitment to Change

Simply saying you’ll be more sustainable won’t make for sweeping changes.

If you want to see change, you’ll need to organise your place of business. Set some specific goals and allocate resources to achieving them. By having goals and deadlines in place, along with the resources required to make these changes a reality, you can tangibly measure how sustainable your business is truly becoming.

The 3 R’s

Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

These 3 R’s are as important today as they were when we were growing up. Making this change is an easy first step before becoming a truly sustainable business. Entrenching in your employees a sense of reducing, reusing, and recycling within your business means it will be built into the culture of the business itself for years to come.

Energy Consumption

Businesses can drive costs up without even knowing it. This usually happens through power usage that is completely unnecessary. If your office uses large servers that consume a lot of power, you could switch to a web-based cloud server instead. Web-based servers can withstand your company’s server needs very easily, and you’ll be able to reduce power costs by ditching large and clunky servers.

Better Light Bulbs

CFL light bulbs or LED bulbs may be a little more expensive, but they do last a lot longer than conventional light bulbs. They are also less of a draw on the power grid.

Think Green

Sending a request to your suppliers about their green products is a proactive way to start turning your office in a more sustainable direction. Recycled printer paper is another sound investment. Instead of using paper files, use Dropbox or Evernote to store your important files. You’ll save room and won’t use a forest’s worth of paper products.

Going Green is Easy and Profitable

By making a few simple changes to your workplace, you can reap some major rewards. Becoming a more sustainable business is very simple. As long as you have a clear plan of action and the proper resources to make it happen, your business will be sustainable in no time.

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