Running a green business is good for the planet and good for your bottom line. Here are five simple things anyone with a small to medium-sized product-based business can do to run an eco-friendly business.
1. Use recycled packaging.
I wrote a whole post about where to source recycled packaging materials. Even if you've got a bigger business, there are still plenty of boxes you can get from bookstores and Big Box stores in your area and redirect that packaging away from the landfill.
2. Skip the packing slip.
If you need to reference a packing slip to fulfill the order, do that on the computer. Your customer knows what they purchased and is just going to throw the packing slip away or recycle it. Save them the trouble and save the trees the waste.
Even bigger companies like Target are skipping the packing slips these days, so you'll be in good company.
3. Skip on unnecessary branded packaging.
Do you really need branded tissue paper? Or tissue paper at all? Can you get stickers with your brand logo to put on recycled packaging rather than buying a brand new set of boxes or plastic mailers with your brand logo printed on them?
Is that confetti and ribbon really necessary? (If you must use ribbon, try twine! It's biodegradable.) And PLEASE skip the glitter––it ends up in the ocean and is nearly impossible to get out.
Really think through your packaging. What's truly necessary and what's for show? Do the unnecessary, showy items that hurt the environment really help your business?
4. Go paperless.
Do you really need to print that? Unless it's a shipping label, probably not. I live and die by Google Docs. It's so easy to organize files, including word documents and spreadsheets into folders.
Evernote is nifty too, especially since the app can digitize handwriting. And Evernote Scannable is a free app that allows you to scan any size paper into a jpeg or pdf file right from your phone. I find it especially helpful for organizing my business receipts.
5. Get refillable ink pens.
I don't know about you, but when I find a pen I like, I don't want to switch it up. I personally love the Pentel EnerGel pen from their Recycology line. I refill my pen with green ink and it's become my signature color when I'm writing handwritten notes to customers.
There you have it! 5 quick and easy things any business can do to be more earth conscious. Go green in your business––the environment will thank you.
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