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Businesses Stand To Profit From Going Green

Posted May 15, 2015 plastic bag useHow important is it for businesses to "go green"? "Fifty-five percent of global online consumers across 60 countries say they are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact," a recent survey by Nielsen, a global information company, reveals. Similarly, if given the choice of a sustainable product or business or an ordinary one, nearly two-thirds of consumers will choose the most eco-friendly option. So what are the best ways for companies to go green?

Start With Small, Internal Measures
Some changes may not necessarily make headlines or be outwardly perceived by your customers, but they will save you money nonetheless. These measures include purchasing energy efficient lighting, installing energy saving HVAC systems coupled with a programmable thermostat and ceiling fans to more thoroughly circulate cool air, and selecting Energy Star computer and office equipment whenever possible. All of these changes, while small, will add up and slash company heating and cooling bills and utility costs considerably.

Show Off A Little Bit
The next step is to take action that will get customers talking -- in a good way, of course. All companies can benefit from selling their products in eco-friendly packaging, whether that entails cups and containers made out of recycled materials or packing sold products into eco friendly totes and environmentally friendly bags and limiting excess plastic bag use. Limiting plastic bag use and opting for eco-friendly custom bags is a grander gesture than it seems. Americans use 100 billion single-use plastic bags every year; these bags waste 12 million barrels of oil during the course of their production, and ultimately lead to the death of over 1 million birds and thousands of sea creatures after they accidentally ingest them. By converting to a more eco-friendly option, grocery stores can cut down on the 90% currently using plastic bags; other companies and retailers can reduce plastic use and make a good impression.

Going green is a money-making venture. Save money on company utility bills with small changes around the office, and choose eco friendly materials for any cups, containers, packaging, and bags.