Many believe that sustainable business practices are automatically costly and should be ideally avoided until legislation slams down on them. Others see it only for its marketing value. In reality, sustainable business practices in many cases provide businesses with energy savings and cost savings, all while working to help the environment.
Using only what you need, reducing your waste and energy, and of course thinking circularly are all how you can improve your business and do your part to make a greener tomorrow.
Scale Your IT and Data Needs
There are many different ways this can be done. To start, switching to the Cloud for your data processing and storage needs gives you massive control and the ability for infinite scalability options. Managing a server on your own is expensive, and often have massive energy requirements. By keeping your storage requirements to only what your data needs you can save on costs, and actually work to help the environment.
This option is also ideal if you store all your data on hard drives, as it makes it more accessible to everyone on your team and again, you reduce the e-waste your business produces. You don’t need to worry about data loss or anything else, either, because it’s easy to enjoy managed IT services from Kortek Solutions.
Use a Smart System
Smart energy systems are easy to set up and start saving you money from day one. On top of using energy efficient lights and ideally computers and other appliances, these smart systems work to reduce any unnecessary energy usage in your office (or home, if you’re operating from there). Once again, the energy savings will result in cost savings and in the process work to reduce your carbon footprint.
Work with Other Businesses
You cannot do it alone, but thankfully you don’t have to. A circular system is one of the best ways forward at the moment, and what it means is simple. You work with other companies to reduce waste, improve costs, and to offer a new means of doing business. Sell your scraps to a company that can reprocess them. Partner with a business so you can get the materials you need. Working together is how you can save money, and the planet.
Reduce Your Waste
Reducing your waste can help if you seem to always have to pay for special collection, but that’s just brushing the surface. The biggest area of waste isn’t what you actually throw out, it’s in what you don’t use. By optimizing your purchases, from office supplies to stock, you reduce costs, improve your profit margins, and yes, help the environment.
Big businesses are massively guilting of not doing this. Many will be familiar with the stories of Burberry burning unsold stock, or bags and bags of clothes being left for pickup outside popular brands like H&M. This is not an optimized system, and every bit of product thrown out is terrible for the environment and the bottom line. Big businesses do this to protect their ”brand”, but the solution is to look at your data and use the right system to optimize purchasing altogether.