With climate change making it harder each year to accurately predict the costs of doing business, going green is now a matter of staying competitive. Green businesses are better adapted to dealing with unpredictable changes while reducing their impact on the environment. Regardless of your company's industry or size, you can always take action to improve its carbon footprint.

Carbon offsets or Renewable Energy Credits

Purchasing carbon offsets or Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are two of the easiest ways to help any company go green. Businesses in every industry can use those products to offset their direct emissions, fuel required for travel, and the carbon footprint from their electricity use. However, you'll need to complete a carbon audit to determine how many credits or offsets to purchase.

Carbon audits can also help identify wasteful business practices that could be hurting your bottom line, providing an additional benefit from the same service.

Waste control and recycling

Even companies that don't manufacture or ship goods can reduce their waste stream. Every business generates waste, even if just from printing unnecessary documents or filling trash cans with packaging from employee snacks.

Diverting waste away from landfills and into recycling or reclamation programs is surprisingly easy. If local services to pick up sorted recycling aren't available, look for services that offer business waste reclamation on a state or national level. Diverting even a portion of a company's waste stream can make a huge impact by reusing natural resources and preventing trash from harming wildlife.

Water use

When completing an environmental audit of a business, you'll need to measure more than just the fuel used for manufacturing and travel. Water use for everything from growing crops to producing goods in a factory is one of the biggest drains on natural resources. Improper handling of wastewater contaminates waterways and kills aquatic life.

Moving water back and forth also requires energy, so reducing use of water, and especially waste, goes a long way toward cutting energy costs. Switching to low-flow fixtures in your offices, improving manufacturing processes to reduce water use, and capturing and treating wastewater are just three options for improving your company's water use.

Social responsibility

Green businesses don't care just about their impact on the environment. They also aim to improve the lives of their employees. Committing to fair labor practices within your own business isn't enough. To really embrace social responsibility as a company practice, extend your concern to the treatment of employees by your vendors, suppliers, and other partners. Sticking with partners that pay living wages and offer essential benefits to their employees will demonstrate that your company cares. It also may improve productivity levels.

Once you become aware of your company's impact on the environment, we're ready to aid your company in embracing as many of these green ideas as possible. Reach out to us here at Cloverly to learn more about how your business can easily reduce its environmental impact.