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Sustainable solutions to enhance your business

You may be looking for ways to boost your business as the owner. Focusing on sustainable solutions is a simple way to enhance your company’s brand image and could help you attract more customers.

Sustainability has piqued the interest of many of the 5.6 million businesses that reside in the UK. According to a survey from 2023, almost 40% of business leaders want to improve environmental practices and believe this could lead to positive financial gains.

This article can help if you fall into this group of leaders and want sustainable solutions to improve your organisation in 2024. These vary in cost, so there should be options no matter your budget.

Continue reading to learn more.

What are the benefits of using sustainable solutions for my company?

 Reduced energy bill prices
 Better public image
 Greater employee satisfaction rate
 Enhanced social responsibility

What are some eco-friendly practices I can incorporate into my business?

Renewable energy sources

Moving to renewables is a great way to reduce your reliance on energy sources that damage the environment. Utilising the likes of solar, wind and hydro can significantly cut your carbon footprint, reducing your impact on climate change.

Utilise modular buildings

You could consider modular buildings for hire if your business is expanding and needs more space. These temporary structures are cost-effective and offer environmental benefits, including:

 Reduced material wastage
 Lower noise and air pollution in your workplace’s nearby community
 Lower energy usage
 Reusable and recyclable buildings
 Efficient building process

Waste reduction

Waste can be a huge problem in the UK. Commercial and industrial companies produce over 40 million tonnes of waste annually, leading to landfill sites getting more and more full.

There are several ways to reduce the wastage at your business. Start by educating your staff on the importance of recycling properly, then provide bins to put the correct items in. You could consider hiring a commercial waste management organisation to ensure you’re properly disposing of unwanted items.

Implement homeworking opportunities and sustainable transport

A 2023 study revealed that homeworkers can cut carbon emissions by over 50% compared to office staff. You could offer a remote or hybrid working policy to reduce the emissions produced during commutes.

If your office requires in-person workers, encourage them to use sustainable transport. Introduce an electric vehicle purchase scheme, encourage carpooling or pay towards public transport fees to make commutes far more sustainable.

Energy-efficient practises

Small changes can make a big difference, and these can be applied to businesses of all sizes. Here are some methods you should try:

 Switch to LED lighting
 Turn off lights, sockets and devices that aren’t in use
 Lower your heating temperature
 Install a smart meter
 Insulate doors and windows

Pic credit: Evgeniy Vasilev

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