An appeal to business owners, executives, and managers, asking them to step up today to support social responsibility with action. This is action that is good for the world, and for their bottom line.
04 December 2013
Whether you have plans of launching an eco-friendly enterprise from the get-go or you’re looking for ways to greenify your current business, you’ll find that there is no shortage of ways to establish your company as an entity concerned with environmental protection. And while you can certainly implement policies around the office designed to make your operations less harmful for the planet, like setting up recycling bins for your employees to use, you might not necessarily gain any public recognition for such efforts. Not that you’re doing it for promotional reasons, per se, but if you’re going to go the extra mile with your environmental practices, there’s no reason you shouldn’t gain the benefits that come with operating a green business venture. Here are just a few ways that you can help to establish your small business as an eco-friendly organization.
06 May 2013
Take a moment to consider the air that you are breathing right now. Many people in today’s world are rightfully concerned about air pollution and the precarious situation of our global ecosystems, but the problem of indoor air pollution is very rarely addressed. In fact, the air inside homes and offices is very often more heavily polluted than the air outdoors–even in dense metropolitan areas. This is largely due to a lack of ventilation, and also a lack of natural plant life. Start using plants to improve your indoor air quality.
Plants naturally filter the air that we breathe as part of their life cycles. The process of photosynthesis involves using carbon dioxide, and several other ingredients, to generate glucose. Our leafy friends also give off oxygen all day long, improving our air quality and helping us to breathe easier. An even more amazing property of plants is their ability to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals in the air. Scientists long ago discovered that growing plants indoors helps to eliminate volatile organic compounds from the air. In a way, plants can act as workplace air filters for your office.
To get started in the process of improving your workplace’s indoor air quality, you’ll need to find plants that are adaptable to indoor life. There are, in general, two things that a potted plant needs to be able to survive; water and light. Getting a plant the water it needs is a simple matter, but light is somewhat more tricky. Artificial light doesn’t provide plants with the energy they need, as it lacks the full spectrum of rays that come from natural sunlight. Many workplaces lack windows and natural lighting, making it difficult to grow plants inside.
You can solve this problem in two ways. The first option is to change the light in your workplace. Full spectrum light bulbs, or sun lamps, closely mimic the spectrum of light radiated by the sun every day. They shine with all kinds of rays, from infrared to ultraviolet. Lights like this are commonly used as a treatment for seasonal affective disorder, which ties sunlight to mood and health, and they are also used to help plants grow indoors. Installing full spectrum lights in your workplace can help to boost morale and grow plants at the same time.
Another, more popular option for using plants to improve indoor air quality, is to choose plants that thrive in low light settings. Countless plant species are adept at surviving with limited sunlight; those that grow on forest floors, for example, very rarely get to see the sun. Plants that thrive in low light settings are typically dark, with large broad leaves that pick up as much light as possible. Talk to gardeners and botanists in your area about plants that will thrive in your workplace.
Plants will help improve your indoor air quality, but they can’t do the job alone. Look into local Mitsubishi ductless dealers for an upgrade to your indoor heating and cooling systems. Avoid using chemical cleaning products that introduce toxic substances into your air. And, of course, be sure to clean regularly to keep your workplace free of dust and allergens. Improving indoor air quality requires a multifaceted approach, but bringing in plants is a great way to start.
16 April 2013
Unless you happen to be running Solyndra, chances are your green business doesn’t have a reputation so terrible that it is beyond repair. And yet, in this era of unprecedented connectivity, when anyone can post anything online, you may find that your company has developed something of a bad rap in cyberspace. This could be due to customer complaints, you may have received negative reviews from media outlets, or your competitors could be assaulting you through the anonymous platforms available on the internet. No matter what has caused you to develop a negative reputation online, though, you need to nip it in the bud. A huge number of consumers now use the internet to suss out the relative appeal of a company before they buy. So if you want your eco-efforts to succeed you absolutely must do everything you can to ensure a good online reputation. Here are just a few management tips that should help you to clean up your image online.
05 April 2013
You’d have to be living under a rock at this point to be unaware of eco-catchphrases like “global warming”, “alternative energy”, and “habitat loss”. And as someone who runs a business entity, you may also know that companies across every conceivable industry are working to clean up their operations in order to come into compliance with EPA regulations, and even go far beyond what is expected. What you may not know is that increasing your awareness of environmental issues (and solutions) so that you can adopt a more sustainable and eco-friendly outlook for your business can have myriad benefits. So if you’re looking for new opportunities to build your business, here are just a few ways that taking a green approach can deliver the goods.
22 March 2013
One of the main benefits of cloud computing – well, aside from convenience – is the fact that it has been touted as an eco-friendly way to store and access all kinds of files and media. And when you think about consumers downloading content rather than purchasing discs with media, not to mention all the manufacturing, packaging, and shipping that comes with them, it does seem like a green alternative to standard consumer goods. What about the people who store entire digital libraries in this manner? Just think about how many trees could have been cut down for paper copies of those books. But before you go shouting about how environmentally responsible cloud storage is, you may want to hold the phone for just a minute. It might not be quite as green as you’ve been led to believe. Let’s see if we can crack the code and separate the fact from the fiction.
30 November 2012
The growing concern of environmental conservation is causing businesses everywhere to change their ways, one step at a time. It won’t be easy to undo the damage done to our environment, but if everyone does their part we can ensure a better future for the coming generations. Consider using some of these eco-friendly gadgets for your business to cut down on wasted energy and resources.
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