Join the Esme team as we share our top seven tips on how you can easily make your business more eco-friendly and potentially save money on the way.
Whether it’s the café your order your client lunches from or the suppliers that provide your business’ inventory – supporting sustainable businesses will project a message to similar suppliers who may not be as eco-conscious.
If it’s normal for your suppliers to deliver items with unnecessary packaging and plastic, you could ask them to reduce it for your particular order – saving plastic that would otherwise go straight in the bin. Similarly to the point above, it also sends a strong message to your suppliers that clients are looking for reduced packaging.
Deciding to make your business fully paperless or limiting paper use could help preserve woodland and help cut your monthly outgoings. For example, if you own a shop and provide paper invoices with each order, you could introduce email invoices to customers, saving money on ink and paper.
Using energy saving bulbs will make your business more eco-friendly – energy saving lightbulbs require less electricity to power, saving money on electric bills and reducing environmental impact.
For many, automatically turning on the lights when you get into the office is a familiar habit – yet artificial light is not always necessary and it could be costing your business unnecessary money. If your business operates during daytime hours and has access to natural light, this tactic could be a game-changer for your business and its finances.
There is a surprising demand for used electronics, so instead of disposing your old electrics at the tip, recycle them with companies such as Zapper and Recycle Zone who will pay money for them, even if they are broken. If your electrical goods are in working order, you could even look at selling them for more through platforms such as Gumtree, Ebay or Facebook Marketplace.
The ingredients in our cleaning products contain a number of harmful chemicals that are toxic to both humans and the environment. Switching to a natural cleaner with non-toxic ingredients may be a viable alternative.
You can even look at making your own eco-friendly cleaning products without the cocktail of toxic chemicals, for example using water, vinegar and lemon for cleaning your office windows.
Whether you’re looking for finance to help make your business more environmentally friendly, or purely wanting to invest in your business – here at Esme, we offer online business loans ranging from £10,000* to £150,000 that can be repaid over a 1 to 5 year period. For more information on how much you could borrow, get an instant quote or find out how to apply for a business loan.
*£25,500 for sole traders