Tips to Make Your Business More Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly

As people become increasingly aware of the impact of human activity on the environment, businesses are under increasing pressure to increase their sustainability. By implementing simple changes, you can reduce your carbon footprint, save money, and attract eco-conscious clients. Not only is it good for the planet, but it also makes good business sense. In this blog post, we’ll share tips on how to make your business more sustainable and environmentally friendly.


1. Go paperless


One of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact and improve sustainability is to go digital where you can. By storing documents and files in the cloud, you can reduce paper waste, save energy and save storage space. This also makes it easier for you and your clients to access and share information. Make sure to invest in secure cloud storage and backup solutions to protect your data.

We use software to digitally store our documents and receipts, as well as for signing documentation and only print when absolutely necessary (generally contacting HMRC!).


2. Reduce energy consumption


One of the most effective ways to reduce your company’s environmental footprint is to reduce energy consumption. You can start by encouraging employees to turn off lights and equipment when not in use, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances, and optimising your heating and cooling systems, which will help you save money on your utility bills too.


3. Encourage sustainable transportation


Encouraging your staff and clients to use sustainable transportation is another way to reduce your environmental impact. Offer incentives for carpooling, walking, cycling or taking public transportation.

At BW we choose to reduce our carbon footprint by using video calls and only use an electric company car or public transportation when required. 


4. Cut down on waste


Landfills are overflowing with waste and businesses are a significant contributor. To reduce your company’s waste, start by using fewer disposable products and replacing them with reusable alternatives. Encourage employees to recycle and compost and consider donating or repurposing items that can’t be recycled.


5. Use eco-friendly products


From cleaning supplies to office furniture, there are plenty of eco-friendly options available in the market. Look for products that are made from sustainable materials, use less packaging, and have a smaller environmental impact.


6. Switch to renewable energy hosting for your website


Using a renewable energy hosted website is a fantastic idea for anyone who wants to reduce their environmental impact and promote sustainability. By utilising clean and abundant sources like solar, wind and hydropower, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and promoting a cleaner, healthier planet for generations to come. Additionally, renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly cost-effective and efficient, making them a sustainable choice for both the environment and your wallet. By using a renewable energy hosted website, you’re not only making a positive impact on the planet but also investing in a cleaner, more sustainable future.


7. Support charities and programmes


If you’re interested in giving back through your business, consider offering incentives to work with you. You could implement tree planting programs or participate in giving initiatives like B1G1. For instance, we donate to our chosen SDG for every set of accounts or tax returns that we file, which helps us achieve our annual goal. Additionally, you can use gifting opportunities to give back to charities on behalf of your employees or customers. This is a great way to make a positive impact in the community while also promoting your business.


8. Measure your business’ carbon footprint


Measuring your business’ carbon footprint will help you to identify areas to help you achieve net zero and find ways of reducing the impact of your business on the planet. We recommend using Ecologi Zero, which integrates with Xero accounting software, in order to calculate your scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions using your business’ accounting data.


By implementing these tips, you can make your business more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Not only will you be doing your part to protect the planet, but you’ll also be creating a more attractive brand for customers. Remember, sustainability is not a one-time effort, but an ongoing commitment to creating a better world for future generations.

We hope you found this post helpful. You can read more about what we’re doing to be sustainable here.