WHY YOU SHOULD BECOME MORE
ECO-FRIENDLY

Reduce environmental impact

Consumers care

60-70% of industrial pollution in Europe is produced by SMEs

Although the individual environmental impact of SMEs might be small, they collectively produce more pollution than large businesses.

One-third of consumers prefer to buy from sustainable brands

By becoming an eco-friendly business, you will improve customer loyalty, attract new clients and differentiate yourself from your peers.

Improve work environment

Save money

Plants in the office could increase productivity by 15%

Workspaces which have an eco-friendly ethos have been shown to have happier, healthier and more motivated workforces.

Cut utility bills by to 20% by taking simple energy-saving measures

Businesses can save thousands through green initiatives which increase efficiency and reduce resource use.

HOW TO BECOME MORE ECO-FRIENDLY

1. ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE COMMUTES

Transport produces the most emissions of any sector in the UK

Encourage your employees to commute sustainably by:

  • Providing bike racks and showers
  • Offering a cycle to work scheme
  • Subsidising public transport costs

2. REUSE AND RECYCLE

60% of rubbish in bins could be recycled

Reduce waste by:

  • Clearly labelling recycling and compost bins and displaying signs of what materials can be recycled
  • Offering company-branded reusable coffee mugs for morning coffees instead of disposable cups
  • Putting larger items, e.g. furniture, electricals or fixtures, on Globechain to be reused rather than sending them to landfill or incineration.

3. CREATE A COMPANY ‘GREEN TEAM’

40% of companies engage employees on sustainability issues

Set up a sustainability task force to:

  • Focus on green initiatives and purchases
  • Engage colleagues in eco-friendly practices
  • Monitor how well systems are working

Studies show that employees who are engaged in company CSR and sustainability initiatives experience higher overall levels of engagement at work!

4. BE MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

Nearly two-thirds of mid-sized businesses have invested in new technology for energy efficiency

Reduce energy use by:

  • Setting up PCs to turn off automatically at the end of the day
  • Using motion-activated lights in meeting rooms which are often empty
  • Replacing older light bulbs with LEDs and setting light timers
  • Unplugging laptop and mobile phone chargers which aren’t in use

5. PUT PLANTS IN THE OFFICE

Sealed air in offices can contain up to ten times more pollutants than air outside

Having plants in the office can:

  • Remove harmful pollutants
  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce the amount of carbon produced by your business

Plus studies have shown that they reduce stress among office workers!

6. USE LESS WATER

Fixing a dripping faucet can save 10,000 litres per year

Reduce your business’s water use by:

  • Fixing dripping taps and plumbing leaks, which can also save 10% on your monthly water bill
  • Upgrading to water-efficient dishwashers and only using them when they’re full
  • Reducing landscape water use by planting drought-tolerant plants, watering plants in the early morning or evening and installing a rainwater tank

7. CREATE A SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN

Carbon emissions from company supply chains are around four times higher than those from direct operations

Incorporate sustainability into the heart of your business by:

  • Auditing your supply chain and communicating with suppliers about your objectives to source products sustainably
  • Using fully recyclable product packaging and minimising unnecessary packaging
  • Collaborating with industry peers to share knowledge about eco-friendly procurement

8. GO PAPERLESS

The average office worker uses up to 45 sheets of paper per day

Despite the rise of technology, paper use has increased! You can fight this with a company-wide printing policy which encourages:

  • Printing double-sided and printing 2-4 pages on one A4 sheet
  • Sending PDFs before meetings rather than using handouts
  • Using digital solutions rather than everyday printing
  • Emailing promotional material rather than posting 

9. USE PRE-OWNED FURNITURE

22 million pieces of furniture are thrown out every year in the UK

Using second-hand or upcycled kit from marketplaces like Globechain is better for the environment than buying new because:

  • You are extending the life of the item by preventing it from going to landfill or incineration
  • You are saving the energy and raw materials required to make something from scratch

10. SWITCH TO RENEWABLE ENERGY

Renewable energy will be world’s main power source by 2040

Join the increasing number of SMES that are switching to renewable energy by:

  • Buying electricity from a green energy supplier; or
  • Generating electricity yourself through solar or wind energy. Installing solar panels is becoming increasingly affordable and saves money long-term by generating free electricity onsite.

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