These days, there’s an increasing focus on reducing our environmental impact.

There are many things you can do as a business owner to make your business more environmentally friendly, but it’s important to take steps that represent permanent change rather than doing something large that winds up being unsustainable for your business or employees.

Many businesses offer recycling programs and even have composting, while some companies encourage car pooling, offer parking spaces for hybrid vehicles, or move their operations into environmentally friendly buildings.

Here are some changes you can make that have a huge environmental impact, without altering your parking structure or moving to a new building across town.

Buy reusable pens

Straws and plastic bags aren’t the only items that clog up the environment. Millions of disposable pens are thrown away every year. We wouldn’t suggest you stop writing altogether—although it would also cut back on paper use—but switching to reusable pens has a massive impact on the environment.

By reusing pens you’re preventing disposable pens from winding up in landfills. Second, refilling the ink involves less packaging than buying new pens, further saving the environment.

Conserve energy

People think that computers that are on stand-by (or in sleep mode) don’t use any electricity. They do. Turning computers off for the night saves your company energy. It might take a few moments to get the computers started in the morning, but you’ll be saving money by not paying for electricity to keep the computers on overnight or on the weekends. Even better, unplug workstations so your business isn’t drawing phantom power while no one is there.

When I turn the lights off in the office sometimes it looks like a disco – turn off anything with a flashing light such as monitors, printers etc.

Invest in sensors

If your business can afford it, investing in sensor-activated lights for your bathroom, kitchen or communal spaces will save energy and save your business money. Conference rooms, for example, often have lights on all the time but are frequently empty.

LED Replacement Lighting

LED bulbs are far more efficient and give a better light than tube lighting.

Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

Your office must be kept clean, but that doesn’t mean you have to use toxic chemicals to do so. There are many natural cleaning products out there that aren’t expensive and still do an excellent job. Plus, they make your office smell fantastic.

Cut down on unnecessary journeys

Instead of driving to the meeting could you do it via skype or on the phone. Save money and the planet.

Invest in Solar Panels

The Little Green Energy Company will supply your business with Solar PV which makes perfect sense in an office environment. Generate your own electricity from a clean renewable source. Significantly reduce business overheads and increase your bottom line with up to 100% savings on daytime electricity costs.


Separate your waste and recycle it. Make sure you recycle all non-confidential paperwork and plastics.

Go Paperless

Avoid printing and go paperless – printing for printing sake is a waste of time and you end up surrounded but the stuff. See this blog by Accsys Accountants for tips

Final thoughts

Your company’s environmental impact can easily be reduced with a few easy steps. Not only do these steps help the environment, they often have an added bonus of saving your business money, improving employee health and impressing your customers.

These changes are also small enough that they’re sustainable. You’re not asking anyone to change ingrained habits or alter their lifestyle.

With so many potential bonuses, there’s no reason not to make some environmentally friendly changes to your business today.