Why Being Eco-Friendly is Good for Business

Published 14 June 2016

For the past several decades, we have become more conscious of the harm our environmental impact has as a country. As the heart of the Australian economy, small and large businesses play an important role in creating and solving this impact. We use resources every day to make products or serve Australians, and we can think critically about the way we use those resources.

Man typing at his desk surrounded by trees and greenery

Climate change affects Australia profoundly, and restoring ozone into the atmosphere is the responsibility not only of governments and private citizens but of businesses and industry.

A Better Investment

Coal still powers much of Australia, with less than 10% of energy coming from non-renewable resources. However, technological developments over the past ten years have trended toward research and production of more renewable resources. Wind turbines, solar, and other renewables are at the forefront of government policies related to energy. When researchers and governments are investing in something new, you should consider the future of that resource. With shares in coal companies dropping, consider where your business’ finances are and whether you can transition your investments.

Save Money

Being eco-friendly often saves companies money, especially on utility costs. By switching to energy efficient appliances, you’ll be using fewer resources that you have to pay for. By buying second hand, or recycling office supplies and furniture, you can also save on new purchases.

Where Do I Start?

Whether you are an employer or an employee, you can start making changes in the environmental sustainability of your company. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Recycle More. Make sure there are recycling bins wherever there are rubbish bins, teach your workforce about what can be recycled, and switch to post-consumer products such as recycled paper reams
  • Use Energy Efficient Lights. Switch to CFL and LED bulbs and turn off lights not in use
  • Reduce Clutter to save space and resources. Consider how your company can upcycle or donate things you don’t need.
  • Partner with Local Organisations. If your company generates quite a bit of food or coffee waste, consider partnering with a nearby community garden to provide them with compost. If you cater for meetings often, donate extra food to local charities.
  • Choose Your Energy Company. You can choose an energy company that sources renewables over fossil fuels
  • Reduce Water Consumption. Ensure that appliances – including sinks and toilets – have high ratings and fixing leaky faucets or pipes. Encourage employees to turn off the sink and consider collecting rainwater with your building using a rainwater tank
  • Offer incentives. Reward employees who arrive to work with public transport, carpools, or bicycles rather than driving themselves

Oz Mini Bins is committed to principles of sustainability. We highly encourage your business to upcycle, recycle, and reduce. To learn more about how we can help you improve your environmental impact, contact us today.