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March 15, 2021

Why Businesses Should Go Green

This time of year, people are seeing green. St. Patrick’s Day and spring weather are right around the corner, bringing the color green into focus. Earth Day activists and environmentalists encourage individuals and organizations to “go green”, but going green is more than implementing the phrase, “reduce, reuse, recycle.” It’s about creating a truly sustainable business. Taking environmental responsibility seriously has more perks than you may think

Here are 3 ways your business can benefit from going green.

  1. Efficiency saves money

It’s true that implementing eco-friendly business practices can have a strong impact on the environment and conservation efforts. But those same activities can also save you money, boosting your bottom line. Using solar technology, you can reduce your electric bill. Some small businesses may also find that solar technology can remove their dependence on backup generators, freeing up significant money each month. Even large firms that stay on the grid to preserve continuity can save considerable cash by supplementing their electrical requirements with solar. In addition, switching to low-flow faucets and toilets can save you money on water bills while cutting down on water usage.

Sustainability can also save money on supplies. Many businesses unnecessarily go through reams of paper. Recycling can help preserve trees and the energy needed to produce new paper. To encourage recycling in your organization, place recycling bins next to all copy machines and printers. Precision Series stainless steel recycling containers from Commercial Zone are the perfect balance between contemporary elegance and long-term durability for your office space. Plus, the patented Grab Bag system secures trash bags, ensuring that they don’t slide, making maintenance fast and easy.

  1. Green marketing awareness

Whether you realize it or not, going green makes customers of that business feel that it’s trustworthy. According to a Nielsen survey, 66% of consumers say they would pay more for products from sustainable sources. The same survey also showed that number jumping to 77% among Millennial consumers. Green businesses demonstrate that sustainability is part of their mission and company culture, giving their organization a clear advantage.

Going green also leads to positive word-of-mouth, the most valuable form of advertising. Green businesses simply can’t buy that kind of publicity. This not only bolsters a company’s existing market base but extends it – people who may never have heard of that company may pay attention to one that believes in sustainable business practices.

  1. Impact on employee morale

Going green goes beyond fostering positive feelings among customers. Employees feel safer working for green businesses, and involving workers in company-wide green initiatives also boosts morale. Employees feel that their health is cared for and that their employer cares about what they care about. Going green saves resources, but is a good way to reduce employee turnover: employees don’t want to leave a place that makes them feel as if they are a part of a work community that cares.

When weighing the benefits of going green, the plusses far outweigh any negatives. The investment of time and money needed to establish new environmentally green protocols pays back over the years, both in money and in feeling good that the company is kind to the planet.

For more information on the Precision Series recyclers and other waste and recycling solutions from Commercial Zone, visit www.commercialzone.com or call 1-800-782-7273.

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