Unique ways businesses are helping the planet

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Sustainability is the new buzzword in industry and 2018 is set to be the best yet for clean energy and development in effective waste management. One of the main sticking points for many organisations especially smaller brands is the investment and cost-implications that come with this responsibility. There are several reasons why going green is good for business but in the short-term making changes can be challenging for companies of any size.

Take a look at some of the main benefits of eco-campaigns and how big business can inspire you to make changes.

How it can help your business

There are several reasons why taking responsibility for your impact on the environment can benefit both your company and the community. Although it can be great for PR, it is best to look at these changes as a long-term commitment, rather than what you can immediately get out of it. By making improvements in processes and waste management it can have positive benefits for your staff and brand identity. Simple ways you can make alterations include:

  • Setting up recycling stations to reduce general waste
  • Reducing or stopping the use of single-use plastic
  • Installing automatic lighting for communal areas, so energy is not wasted
  • Hiring professionals to handle your waste disposable for a cleaner and greener solution

Taking inspiration from big brands

As commercial and domestic waste is a significant talking point in the media and at a government level, several companies have been stepping up to the plate to reduce their impact on the environment and inspiring others to do the same. Take a look at some of the top global brands that are environmentally friendly:

Adobe – In 2014, this well-known company was named the greenest IT organisation by Newsweek. It continues to work towards its ambitious target of getting to net zero energy consumption and reducing its water use by installing eco-friendly fittings in its historic headquarters.

Ikea – This Swedish furniture giant has invested heavily in its sustainability pledge and has recently launched new commitments such as removing single-use plastic by 2020, achieving zero emissions on home deliveries by 2025 and increasing plant-based alternatives in its restaurants.

Unilever – This huge brand has incorporated sustainability into the makeup of its identity and has taken considerable steps to reduce waste going to landfills. Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan has set numerous targets and commitments for the business going forward.

Small changes for a significant impact

Taking inspiration from the above brand can help you develop your own sustainability plan to work towards less wastage and conscious energy consumption in the future. It can be a challenging task to identify each area in your business that may need an overhaul, but making small and significant changes can help you reap the rewards in cost-savings and a reduction in overall business waste.

If you’re looking to step up your waste management strategy, contact us for a free Wastesaving Audit and site survey to see how much you could save. 

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