This holiday season your business should consider giving the gift of going green, taking sustainability into consideration. While it’s important to go green all year-long, during the holidays it’s particularly important due to the fact that Americans typically produce an astounding 25% more waste than usual. Between the months of November and December is when many companies do most of their business.
Many corporate giants such as Walmart are already getting in on the going green action during the holidays and so should you. By making just a few eco-conscious changes you’ll begin to see a reduction in waste. While you’re planning those holiday parties, sending out gifts and holiday cards, or adding decorations to your business, ask yourself how you can do this sustainably and efficiently.
7 Tips to Help Your Business Go Green This Holiday Season
Eco-Friendly Holiday Décor: Using LED lights instead of traditional holiday lights to decorate with will drastically reduce the amount of energy that you use and lower the cost of your electric bills during the holidays. Also consider eco-friendly garlands and things that you can recycle or reuse for years to come. LED lights only use 10% of the energy required for regular holiday lights and their usage can last up to an amazing 100,000 hours of usage!
Green Manufacturing and Shipping Practices: Now is the time to look into whether or not your company is doing all that it can to ensure that your supplier’s sustainability policies are in line with your company’s sustainability vision. Some things to take into consideration include shipping supplies, manufacturing materials, the use of green products, etc.
You’ll want to consider both your supplier’s shipping materials, as well as your own. Make sure that you’re shipping packages in appropriate box sizes to eliminate packaging material waste such as cushioning, etc. Reuse boxes when you’re able to and consider using shredded paper versus plastic bubble wrap and styrofoam.
Holiday Cards and Party Invitations: Eliminate paper waste by sending out holiday emails and holiday party invitations on-line instead of mailing holiday cards and invitations via snail mail this holiday season.
Gift Giving: When giving gifts to employees, consider giving gifts that are environmentally friendly and green. And if your gifts require wrapping, use green wrapping paper and place the gifts inside of reusable company bags that employees can reuse later.
Holiday Parties: For your next holiday party, consider using green cups, plates, and utensils or at the very least purchase biodegradable products and avoid wasting food. Divide leftovers amongst folks who would like to bring leftovers home. If your holiday party is at an offsite location, encourage employees to carpool to save on gas emissions.
Energy Efficiency: Consider energy usage when it comes to everything within your business and look into ways to reduce energy waste.
Holiday Trees: Every year in the United States 50 million trees are purchased during the holidays and 30 million of those trees end up in landfills. Avoid waste of trees by using an artificial tree that you can use year after year or consider the new idea of decorating potted pines.
Then once the holidays are over, the potted pines are planted in the spring. So instead of cutting down trees, you’re actually planting a new tree. When it comes to artificial trees, there are many artificial trees that look like the real thing.
A Little Sustainability Goes a Long Way
When going green this holiday season, try to take these 7 tips into consideration and remember that a little green and sustainability goes a long way. If everyone did a little, the world could achieve a lot. Happy Holidays!
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