Jun 2014

5 Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

Reducing Your Footprint and Your Costs

These days, businesses both large and small are interested in reducing waste and becoming more eco-friendly. Taking steps to reduce your company’s impact on the environment is beneficial in many ways. It appeals to customers by sending a positive message about your commitment to corporate responsibility. It also cuts down on costs by reducing waste and making you eligible for attractive tax incentives.

5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Environmental Impact

There are several things you can do as a business to make Mother Nature work for you.

Cut Down on Paper: Reduce the amount of paper you use as a company. Encourage employees to use email instead of letters or faxed documents. If you work with other businesses or individuals with fax-only capability, look into using software that allows you to send faxes via email. When you do purchase paper, buy it from a supplier that offers paper made from recycled materials. Even if it’s a little more expensive, you could save money in the long run by taking advantage of environmental tax incentives for businesses.

Recycle Supplies: Many suppliers of business products offer recycling services. For example, some printing supply companies recycle ink cartridges and toner. Many supply companies also recycle packaging.

Turn Off the Lights (and Everything Else): Implement a companywide police that requires everyone to turn off lights and shut down computers when not in use. Turn off overhead lights and power down computers during long periods away from your desk, including lunches and breaks. Something as simple as turning off your computer at the end of the day can reduce your electricity usage by 50 percent.

Make Your Company Policies Earth Friendly: Update your employee handbook and other policies to encourage environmental awareness. If you make environmental awareness a priority as a business, your employees will do the same.

Use Displacement Dams in Older Toilets: Modern low-flow toilets are designed to use as little water as possible. If your office or business has older toilets, however, you can still reduce your water usage by placing displacement dams in the water tank. Displacement dams fill up space in the tank, which means the toilet doesn’t have to fill back up with as much water after a flush. There are many different kinds of commercially-produced displacement dams available. Alternatively, you can use one or two plastic bottles weighted down with pebbles. Keep in mind, however, that any kind of displacement dam isn’t meant to last forever; over time, you must replace the dams to ensure they don’t deteriorate and interfere with the toilet’s functionality. You can save six gallons of water per toilet per day by using a displacement dam.

Missouri Business Lawyers

If you decide to go green, be mindful of a few important issues. Businesses that produce “eco” or “organic” products must be careful about their labeling and packaging, as the federal government regulates how businesses can advertise and market organic products. Additionally, have your accountant check for tax incentives for various environmental initiatives. For example, federal tax deductions may be available to companies that use wind and solar technology.

The business lawyers at the Law Office of Randy L. Smith, LLC help individuals, business owners, and entrepreneurs with a variety of business planning decisions. Call us today at (417) 841-2775 to speak to an attorney.

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