As business owners, we have a social and moral responsibility to take steps to ensure we are using our resources as efficiently as possible to minimise our impact on the environment. Assessing all of the resources that you currently consider a waste product may reveal opportunities for you to make significant improvements that would be beneficial to the environment as well as your bottom line.
Businesses often continue to run in the same way year in and year out, because that is the way they are used to operating, but taking a step back to evaluate the way you operate once in a while can help you to continually improve and move with the times towards a greener future.
Keeping Your Finger On The Pulse
Scarcity of resources and an increase in environmental issues has driven many shrewd business owners to revaluate their business models, incorporating innovative changes. Creating more sustainable products and delivering services in a greener, more sustainable way can help businesses to stand out from the crowd, by attracting like minded businesses and consumers who share the same ethos.
Commitment To Change
Making your own business model more efficient requires a reasonable amount of planning and commitment, particularly once you begin to explore all aspects of your supply chain to make it greener both upstream and downstream. In addition to making improvements to the way you operate internally, it is important to support other like minded businesses by actively selecting them in your supply chain. On the other end of the scale, businesses can make a huge impact by considering the potential ways that they can influence and change the behaviour of consumers.
Taking A Different Approach
Businesses of all sizes are beginning to instigate significant changes in consumer behaviour by examining the role of the consumer in more detail within their business model. A great example of a business making a simple, common sense change in this area is the fresh, handmade cosmetics retailer Lush, whose trademark black pots are made from a durable polypropylene plastic, ideal for reuse.
The company have incentivised customers to return pots by offering them a free face mask in return. Their aim is to achieve a closed loop, whereby they are able to generate a sustainable supply of plastic to recycle. This company has made a huge commitment to minimising packaging and many of their products including their solid shampoo are self-preserving and completely free of any wasteful packaging.
Improve Your Efficiency & Save Money
Focusing your efforts on becoming a greener and more sustainable business, presents you with the opportunity to streamline your business operations, creating cost savings and attracting new business. Setting environmental targets for your business will help you to develop and change for the better.
At Phoenix Compactors and Balers, we have over 30 years of experience in helping businesses to save money by managing their waste in a more efficient, environmentally friendly way.
If you are looking for ways to create an additional income stream or reduce your overheads why not get in touch and find out how we could help!