Many businesses today have a policy of sourcing materials locally, in a bid to boost their neighbourhood economy and as a way of reducing their carbon footprint. Similarly, recycling has gained popularity as companies seek to minimise waste and make better use of their cast-off goods, for example by giving redundant computers to schools or libraries. Here are a few ideas for going the extra mile when it comes to making your business more environmentally friendly:

Ways to go green

Making sure the machinery and equipment your business uses is energy efficient is a useful way of boosting productivity while promoting your organisation’s green credentials. Improved efficiency will reduce the amount of electricity consumed by equipment and ensure that tasks are completed more quickly because your technical apparatus is more powerful – this can be a cost-saving exercise as well as en eco-friendly one.

Holding company the M1 Group Limited has interests in commercial jets, telecoms, energy, fashion and property, and there are many ways in which these sectors contribute to environmental improvements. Owned by the Mikati family, the group began with the construction and telecoms sectors in the early 1980s and has gone from strength to strength.

Since the 1950s, aircraft fuel has undergone a number of changes and fuel consumption factors are now regularly checked and adjusted to maximise efficiency. Improved telecoms reduce the need to travel, which in turn reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and pollution, thereby helping to protect the earth’s fragile ozone layer. Identifying sources of renewable energy has moved up the agenda for many countries worldwide. In the retail industry, including fashion, many businesses are adopting ecologically sound principles to ensure manufacturing processes are fair to workers and environmentally sustainable.

Our precious world!

Our precious world!

Auditing your business

If you want to review how green your business is, start with an environmental audit. Take a close look at the processes you use – for example, does your office recycle paper or could your business operate by being entirely paperless? Could you use video conferencing and similar technological solutions instead of travelling to meetings?

If you know where the weak spots are in terms of environmental impact, work to get your employees on board to tackle these, alongside management. If everyone is investing in improving the environment, then your employees will be happy to do more recycling and perhaps bring re-usable cups to the office for their morning coffee.

Finally, another benefit of introducing best practice in order to go green is that it can make your business more attractive to customers. Just like getting your employees on board, winning over customers who are impressed by the efforts your business is making is good for the business and good for them. An environmentally friendly business helps to conserve natural resources and if, for example, you install solar panels or rainwater tanks you will be able to save money as well as make a positive impact on the planet. Your business has everything to gain by being eco-friendly.

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