5 ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your small business

When it comes to combating climate change, it can be hard to know where to start. The key thing to remember is that it’s about progress, not perfection. Here are five simple changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Phase out single-use plastic

An estimated 40% of the plastic we use is single-use. And because most of it is never recycled, it ends up being a huge waste of resources. By phasing out as much single-use plastic in your business as possible, you can help prevent plastic from ending up in landfills and the oceans. Consider replacing plastic packaging with more eco-friendly alternatives, such as FSC-certified cardboard boxes, or compostable satchels.

2. Invest in energy-efficient appliances

Whether you’re buying commercial appliances for a restaurant, or a printer for the office, it’s worthwhile to invest in energy-efficient equipment. A 15-year-old refrigerator requires 30% more energy to keep food cool than a new one does, so it’s not only good for the planet, but your bank account too.

With a BNPL app like hummpro, it’s easy to invest in energy-efficient equipment like a new refrigerator regardless of your cashflow situation. When it’s time to get rid of your old appliances, just make sure to dispose of them responsibly.

3. Switch to a green energy provider

Switching to a green energy provider may be the most impactful change you can make. Whether you choose a provider that supplies more renewable energy, such as solar and wind, or one that offsets its carbon emissions, reducing your reliance on fossil fuels will help you shrink the carbon footprint of your business.

4. Pay for carbon offsetting

Carbon offsetting isn’t a silver bullet to solve climate change, but it can remove some of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and (if you choose a provider that plants native trees) increase biodiversity. However, it’s important to do your due diligence and make sure the firm you work with is reputable, not simply making empty promises.

5. Replace driving and flying with trains, buses, and video chats

Depending on your business, your average work week could involve a significant amount of driving or flying, which, when it comes to methods of transportation, are the least environmentally friendly options. Where possible, consider replacing a car trip with a walk, cycle, or ride on public transport. Or, at a minimum, try carpooling.

Alternatively, now that we have learned how easy it is to work remotely, the next time you need to schedule a meeting with someone interstate, try doing so via video chat, rather than flying to see them in person.

Don’t let cashflow concerns stand in the way of making your business more sustainable. With hummpro, it’s easy to go green.

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