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Accelerate your Sustainable Business Practices with a preview of our Ecopreneur's Handbook Volume 1


Earth Day is a powerful reminder of our responsibility towards the planet. While large-scale initiatives are crucial, even small businesses can leave a positive impact on the environment by implementing sustainable business practices. This blog post explores some easy yet impactful ways your business can contribute to a greener tomorrow, even if your marketing calendar is already set in stone.


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Recycling Right: It's All About Knowing What Goes Where!

Recycling for Green Businesses

Recycling is a crucial part of the sustainability puzzle. Here's the key: recycling the right things keeps our recycling streams clean and efficient!


Knowledge is Power: 


Before you toss that item in the recycling bin, take a quick minute to research what your county accepts.


No Bin? No Problem! 


If you don't currently have a recycling bin, contact your city. They can often provide one or point you towards the nearest collection center.


Now, these recycling tips are great, but you might be reading them thinking, "I’ve done most of these! I want more, something that I haven’t thought of. Open my eyes to what sustainability looks like for my company beyond the basics. "


Paperless beyond the obvious: unexpected ways to ditch the paper forever.


Ditching paper? We've all been there, done that. Laptops are a game-changer. But let's be honest, going green at work is about more than just ditching the notepad. Here are some tricks I've learned that have transformed my business into a paperless dream. (PS: We're not stopping at paper! Stay tuned for our next blog post where we'll delve into swapping out plastic and paper packaging for eco-friendly alternatives.)


Ditch the Paper Trail:

  • Swap paper checks and invoices for online payment systems. You'll save time, money, and a whole lot of trees.

Paperless Perfection: 

  • Opt for digital statements for all your utilities and subscriptions. No more overflowing mailboxes!

Conscious Printing: 

  • Let's face it: sometimes printing is unavoidable. When it is, choose recycled paper and ensure your envelopes follow suit. Every little bit counts!


Read about more ditching strategies in our handbook!


While reducing paper waste is a great accomplishment, it's just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to waste reduction, a significant portion comes from packaging. Let's explore innovative solutions that minimize this environmental impact.

Packaging Revolution: Swaps Promoting Your Sustainable Business Practices


Biodegradable : 


Green Business Swap to Cardboard

Cardboard:

  •  Packing peanuts and bubble wrap are bulky and not very green. Opt for corrugated cardboard instead. It's strong and protective and, once shredded by your customers, doubles as plant mulch. In a future blog post, we'll delve deeper into how cardboard functions as compost!

Repurpose & Reuse Champions: 

  • Encourage your customers to be part of the solution! Inform them about the reusability of your packaging or how they can repurpose the shredded cardboard for their plants. This simple step promotes sustainability and fosters customer engagement.

Putting Your Money Where Your Mission Is


Going green isn't just about reducing waste – it's about aligning your finances with your environmental values. For me, this kind of investment is where I really began to understand how much eco-living is integrated into my life. Here are some ways to make your money talk sustainability:


Eco-Friendly Banking:


Ever Wonder Where Your Money Really Goes?

paperless sustainable business practices

Think your bank account is just a safe-haven for your cash? Think again! Big banks use your deposits to make loans and investments, but where that money flows might surprise you. Here's the not-so-green truth:


  • Fossil Fuel Frenzy: A shocking study revealed that the world's 60 largest banks have poured $3.8 trillion into fossil fuels since the 2015 Paris Agreement [source: Rainforest Action Network]. That's like finding many pipelines and drilling, not exactly helping Mother Earth.

This investment focus makes sense for traditional banks – it's about maximizing profit. But what if your money could make a positive impact?


Sustainable Banks


Enter sustainable banks like Aspiration. They prioritize environmental and social responsibility alongside financial return. Here's the difference:


  • Clean Cash Flow: Aspiration is transparent about where your money goes. They invest in renewable energy, sustainable businesses, and initiatives that fight climate change. Your money fuels a greener future.

The numbers speak for themselves. Instead of funding fossil fuels, sustainable banks like Aspiration are:


  • Investing in the Future: Imagine your savings helping build a wind farm or fund a clean energy startup. That's the power of sustainable banking.


Let's be honest: not everyone has a ton of cash sitting around for green investments. But fear not! There's an influential way entrepreneurs can invest in themselves and the planet simultaneously: prioritizing sustainable business practices.

Going green isn't just a trend; it's a strategic investment in your company's future. By implementing these sustainable practices, you're not only minimizing your environmental footprint, but you're also building a solid foundation for success. Earning recognized environmental certifications showcases your commitment to the planet. These badges of honor become powerful marketing tools, attracting eco-conscious consumers who value responsible businesses.


Accredited Sustainability Certifications:


Demonstrate your commitment to the environment by partnering with organizations like:

B Corp Certified
  • 1% for the Planet: Businesses donate 1% of their sales to environmental causes.

  • B Corp: Certified B Corporations meet rigorous social and environmental performance standards.

We've explored a range of impactful choices you can make as a business to minimize your environmental footprint and contribute to a greener future. But remember, sustainability is a team effort. Your employees are your greatest asset, and their everyday choices have a significant collective impact.


Here are a few ideas for building a conscious community amongst your staff! To see more examples of how you can make your workplace more green and provide eco-incentives, check out the Ecopreneur Handbook!


sustainable business commuting

Transportation Incentives:


  • Public Transportation Subsidies: Offer financial assistance to employees who use public transportation to commute. This reduces reliance on single-occupancy vehicles and lowers carbon emissions.

  • Bike-to-Work Programs: To encourage cycling, provide secure bike storage, on-site showers, and even bike-sharing partnerships. Offer bike maintenance workshops or subsidies for tune-ups.

Wellness & Sustainability Programs:


  • Green Commute Challenges: Organize friendly competitions that reward employees who choose sustainable commuting options like biking, walking, or carpooling. Offer prizes for participation and for reaching milestones.

  • Volunteer Opportunities: Partner with local environmental organizations and offer paid volunteer days for employees to participate in sustainability initiatives like tree planting or beach cleanups.

By implementing these creative and engaging benefits, you can empower your employees to make sustainable choices in their everyday lives, both in and out of the workplace.


Every Step Counts: Building a Greener Future Together


Remember, even small choices can have a ripple effect. By exploring these options, you're not just making a difference for your business but contributing to a global movement towards sustainability.


This Earth Day, I challenge you to take action! Implement just one green business tactic you learned here. Share your experience in the comments below. Let's inspire and support each other on this journey towards a greener future.



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