Implementing Sustainable Business Practices

Sustainability is increasingly becoming a global priority, but while businesses may want to adopt more sustainable practices, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

The fact is that becoming a sustainable business does not mean drastic changes need to be made. Focusing on small and simple changes that can be implemented into the workplace will also help reduce a business’ carbon footprint.

Businesses will often opt for the slightly more convenient option even though the carbon footprint might be much larger. This is especially the case when it comes to single-use products.

  • Example 1: Use of non-recyclable and single-use coffee pods is a lot less sustainable than one tin of coffee which can produce over a hundred serves.
  • Example 2: Use hand dryers in the washroom and hand towels in the kitchen instead of paper towels.
  • Example 3: Transitioning to paperless communications between employees and with customers.

Although single-use products are just that little bit more convenient, the impact that they have is highly damaging.

Encouraging travel to the office via public transportation is also an excellent way to promote sustainability. You might choose to start a competition between employees about who can reach the highest number of steps. This is a lot easier if your office is located close to public transport – take note of this if you are ever in the position to change office locations or if you are starting a new branch.

The positive contribution that recycling has on the environment can be underestimated. But if recycling practices are utilised throughout the office, this can substantially reduce a business’ carbon footprint.

  • Common recyclables: Paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and other commonly known recyclable items should be dealt with appropriately. Install recycling bins around the office.
  • Recycle lighting: You will need to get in contact with a company that offers recycling services for lighting as it cannot be disposed of in the same way as common recyclables.
  • Recycle electronics: Old computers, printers, keyboards and other electronics that still work can be recycled by donating them to schools or charities in your local area. Otherwise, you can also recycle them by dropping them off to companies which reuse the material in them.

You may consider partnering up with your clients and fellow businesses to promote sustainability so that not only is it easier for you to do the right thing, but you are also helping other businesses do the right thing.

Could your business be eligible for NSW Government rebates in support of your workplace recycling initiatives?

As part of the NSW Government ‘Waste Less, Recycle More’ initiative, your business could be eligible for a grant of between $1,000 and $50,000, covering up to 50% of the capital cost of recycling equipment. Click through for more information on the eligibility criteria and how you can organise a free Bin Trim waste assessment at your workplace.

Published : 12 Apr 2021

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