How To Make Your Business Carbon Neutral

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In the modern age, there is a lot of pressure on businesses to take the plunge and become carbon neutral. Whether you can achieve neutrality or not, as a business owner you should ultimately be aiming to reduce your impact on the environment, for obvious reasons, and also because your clients will be more likely to see your business as a source of good ethics and practice. If you want to aim for a carbon neutral business, follow these simple tips to get the ball rolling and your emissions lowered!

Be aware of where you buy supplies

If you’re buying products and supplies in order to keep your business afloat, then you need to find out where they are coming from, and what kind of impact they’re having on the environment. Sure, they may be the cheapest products and you may think that they’re not too bad for the environment, but factor in shipping emissions and the other machinery costs, and you could see why this just isn’t going to work out for your carbon neutral goals. Buy your products as locally as possible, and try to avoid things that have to be shipped long distances in order to get to you, as this will increase your carbon footprint.

Reduce paper usage

Whilst this seems to be something that everybody is finally getting a hold of, reducing paper usage could help to reduce your carbon footprint dramatically. Before you print something out, or use any packaging, ask yourself: do I really need to do this, and is it going to add onto the emissions levels needlessly? It may seem small, but this really is key to making sure that you have everything covered when it comes to being carbon neutral. You can use some eco-friendly companies to help you out in this if you need to, and invest in document management software, for example. This clever idea means that you can manage all of your documents electronically, avoiding the paperwork and the environmental impact.

Cut air travel time

If you’re a business owner, you may feel as though traveling is an integral (and pretty exciting) part of your job, and there is no way that you can cut this out. Whilst there are times when you just have to do it, this is another one of those situations when you need to ask yourself: do I really need to do this? If you can arrange a business conference over Skype, or you can have a meeting in different circumstances, make sure you save on those company air miles and take the eco-friendly alternative. This will help your company to become carbon neutral, and will also make you feel like a better person, so cut out the unnecessary traveling.

So, if you’re looking to make your business carbon neutral, try out these simple tips and see whether they help you. From being aware about where you buy your products, to reducing your paper usage, to cutting down on air travel, there are so many things that you can do to get your business – and your conscience – in the clear!

4 Things Millennials Expect From Your Business

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Reaching out to millennials is a smart move. Apart from only boosting your customer base, it helps to modernize the business. Plus, it’s a fantastic boost in many ways. Did you know they spend 25 hours a week online? Considering a digital presence is a huge part of a successful, 21st-century company, they may be your target audience.

However, to target them isn’t a walk in the park. They expect a lot and will bounce if they don’t get it. Here are four things to concentrate on if you’re interested in the millennial vote.

Mobile Payment Options

Because they use their phones a lot, they’re not going to put them down in the store. Instead, the majority of millennials use cells to supplement the shopping experience. For example, they’ll use an app to make a payment rather than taking out cash or pulling out a card. It’s quicker, easier, and less hassle. Therefore, an Apple and Android credit card reader is essential. Otherwise, they’ll find the process difficult and go elsewhere as a result. Thankfully, plenty of point of sale systems use this technology so it shouldn’t be too hard to incorporate it into the store or online.

Social Media Convos

A massive 63% of millennials stay up to date with their favorite brands via social media. Without Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat, your business isn’t part of the conversation. So, a myriad of account is vital if you’re going to reach out to them through a variety of platforms. However, it isn’t only about brand awareness; customer service is important too. 35% of the demographic prefer to communicate via social media. Those that aren’t live on the platforms won’t be able to interact and figure out what they want. In fact, there’s no need to work it out because they’ll tell you if you ask. Millennials are empowered that way.

Pricing

It’s the most important thing to 62% of millennials, so it’s wise to keep it in mind. In essence, they want something affordable which is of a high-quality. If they get it, 70% of people said they would be likely to stay loyal because the brand plays a big part in their life. What this means is that it may be better to appeal to millennials as long-term partners. Lowering the rate a little in the beginning will get them on board for the future, and then you can begin to cash in.

Morality

Although the price is the main factor, there is still their morality to consider. Millennials don’t like products or services that harm the planet as they are environmentally-conscious. They call it “woke.” Nobody wants to feel guilty about enjoying a materialistic lifestyle, and that’s why it’s savvy to green the supply chain where possible. Go into partnership with eco-friendly suppliers and let people know. Millennials will be more likely to use your services as a result because their conscience will be clear.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is the stuff they seem to find the most important. Provide them to millennials and they reward you with their custom.

How to Go Green in Your Home Office

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If you have a home business or are looking to get into having a home office, then you are in the prime position to start going green. There are hundreds of things you can do to make your office more environmentally friendly.

Some of these are common sense, and others are quick tips to help you tackle going green a little easier.

Turn off your computer totally when not in use. There is no need to put it in sleep mode or rest. Just save everything properly and turn it off.

Update you stand-by settings and set the times for the standby mode to kick in within about 30 minutes of you not using your computer (during working hours).

Make sure all of you electrically equipment is up-to-date. While you might think ‘it works perfectly well, so there is no need to replace’ and there is some truth in that, the newer technology is much eco-friendlier, simply by being more energy efficient.

Use a scheme to recycle your old computers, rather than just get rid of them.

Replace all of your bulbs with LEDs wherever possible, they use around 75% less energy than standard light bulbs. And, last longer too, saving money in the long term.

Rather than have darker décor and use a lot of lighting to lift it, swap for some whiter – lighter walls. It reflects light better and will be well lit for longer during the day – meaning you’ll be reaching for the light switch less.

Whenever possible, refrain from printing – however, if you do need to print something, switch to recycled paper and use both sides. Again, newer printers will have this option, so it is worth the upgrade.

Aim to get a printer with an eco-mode.

Recycle your used printer and toner cartridges.

If you find yourself either grabbing bottled water on the way to the office or stocking up on bottled water then switch to something like a 30 oz yeti rambler, they keep drinks cooler for longer, and you won’t be trucking through so much one-use plastic.

When picking office supplies, try and get things like staple-less staplers and pens that can be refilled rather than just thrown away.

Try and find a program that recycles anything in your office that you notice you use a lot of.

Add some plants to your office space, not only does it do wonders for your productivity, but they also do their own air recycling. Keeping your office air cleaner and better for you.

Add a note to the bottom of your emails with a friendly reminder that unless it is essential not to print the email.

Where possible, ensure that if you are buying anything, you look for an eco-friendly brand or one that specializes in recycled materials.

You can even swap out your current cleaning products to ones that are less damaging to the environment.

Going green is natural if you tackle it bit by bit!