Last week I was invited to join the board of the Green Connections Networking group based in Newmarket, ON. I was thrilled to accept and am looking forward to connecting with other like-minded entrepreneurs and small business owners. This new role got me seriously thinking about how I can make my small business green, or at least greener.
My business is web designer and online marketing, which is already fairly green. I work from home, therefore not contributing to travel emissions on a regular basis. I keep my home fairly cool in the winter, and warm in the summer. And we ALWAYS ensure the lights are turned off in unoccupied rooms.
But what could I do to make my business even greener?
Reduce Paper Waste
I am an avid note-taker, and can go through journals very quickly. I have tried taking notes on my iPad, but it never caught on. A client of mine, Heather from Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery, introduced me to a device called a Boogie Board. It resembles and iPad, but is used solely as a writable screen. Although I haven’t tried it yet, she showed me hers and I’m very intrigued! You can check it out here at Staples or Costco.
Carpool to Networking Events
Why not extend your networking experience and set up a series of carpools to the event? Not only can you meet new people at the event, but you can spend more time with people who live closer to you. Saving emissions and building a network; what could be better!
Support a Green Niche
I am a huge advocate for supporting business within a green niche. I don’t mean that they specifically have to be in a green industry, but I want to support businesses that do no harm to people or the planet. If their organization has a green initiative then even better! We as consumers and small business owners have the power to drive change in our communities. If we can make our small business go green, we can encourage our community to too!
What steps are you taking to make your small business green? We would love to hear them in the comments below.
Until next time,