In the modern world, businesses are more conscious about the environment more than they have ever been. Eco-friendly businesses do not only protect the environment but also make huge financial savings and create a good reputation.
A business should constantly review its approach to ensure it conserves the environment as you know this is really important in Dubai. There are various ways in which a business can go green. They include:
Reducing the amount of paper used
Many Dubai companies use lots of paper and printer ink, which accounts for a very large proportion of waste of many businesses. You can limit paper and ink waste and use of printers by carefully managing their use and restricting it to the bare minimum, starting by reading emails online without printing them. If it is necessary to print the document, use Eco-friendly or recycled paper. You can also recycle all your paper waste instead of sending it to the dump-site.
Cut on transport
Road transport is a major cause of environmental pollution. Businesses can reduce road travel by using communication means such as emails and telephones to avoid traveling for meetings. Where travelling is necessary, you can use public transport, hybrid vehicles or use alternative fuel in your vehicle. This will highlight your environmental commitment and also save you a good portion of travel-related expenses.
Adopt efficient cooling or heating systems and renewable energy
For your business to be Eco-friendly, consider installing solar panels that convert energy from the sun to electricity. The energy from the sun is plentiful in Dubai, so solar panels should provide for all of your businesses needs, and can be used for heating purposes, thus replace electric heating systems.
You can also switch from electric power to other options, such as wind power. If it is necessary for you to maintain cooling and heating systems, install units that are very efficient so as to save on energy as much as possible.
Use biodegradable cleaning products
Cleaning products that are not biodegradable contain chemicals and toxins. These substances are easily introduced into the environment while cleaning the office or buildings. To reduce this, use biodegradable products that are less harmful to the environment. Many stores sell shampoo, soap and detergents that are Eco-friendly.
There are numerous ways a business can save water. The most basic way of accomplishing this is by creating awareness on the importance of conserving water at the workplace by helping employees adopt to water consumption habits. Also, it is important to monitor kitchens, bathrooms or washrooms to detect leaks and ensure they are repaired immediately. You should also disconnect water supply to facilities that are not in use.
Turn off the lights
When lighting is not required, turn off the bulbs to conserve energy. In addition, you can use energy efficient bulbs such as LED lights or compact-fluorescent (CFL) to replace incandescent bulbs, as the former two use less energy and last much longer than incandescent bulbs.
Also, you can replace old electric appliances with devices which contain energy star ratings. Such appliances have numerous long term environmental and economic benefits.
Your business can cut on expenses and attract Eco-conscious consumers by adopting the simple environmental tips above. Making your business Eco-friendly is not only a means of standing out from your competitors but also a basic responsibility of saving the planet that will help you cut costs of doing business in the long term.