Reducing Waste Is Good for Business
Waste reduction and sustainability efforts are gaining momentum because they make good business sense. Customers want to buy from companies that care about our environment.
McDonalds, Starbucks, and Disney recently publicized efforts to reduce plastic packaging and single-use items such as straws. While executives may support these initiatives for financial and public relations reasons, the environment is still benefitting from the efforts.
Reducing your company’s environmental impact can build customer and employee goodwill and loyalty. Even if you don’t use plastics in the delivery of your products or services, you can participate in efforts to limit waste.
- Provide reusable dishes and utensils in company break rooms and kitchens. Encourage employees to use their own coffee mugs and water glasses.
- Recycle paper, metals, and (Make sure paper documents are shredded first if they contain sensitive or non-public information.)
- Compost food scraps and other biodegradable materials.
- Let employees use corporate compost or recycle facilities if they don’t have access to those resources at home.
- Support farmer’s markets or other community efforts that benefit the local environment. Food banks often need resources to redistribute food before it must be composted.
- Donate old equipment or furniture rather than throwing it away. Support efforts to get employees involved in donating reusable items.
Taking care of our environment is good for everybody’s business. Contact Ladlas Prince for help with integrating sustainable practices into your business processes.