Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in today’s business world, and a more sustainable business is more important than ever since customers are actively becoming more aware of the environmental challenges faced. A sustainable change will look good to your customers and reputation.
One example could include working with sustainable materials, for your packaging.
Here at Paper Bag Co, we take pride in creating reusable paper bags and it has been our mission over the last 40 years to provide as many alternatives to plastic bags as possible. Plastic bags are difficult and costly to recycle, with many ending up in a landfill that can take up to 300 years to photodegrade. Paper bags on the other hand are easier to recycle and are biodegradable, they can be used for many other purposes too.
If businesses change their packaging to paper bags, they could be reused which rescues the amount of packaging the company uses. An example of this could be a takeaway delivery service. The business could move from plastic bags to paper bags to deliver food, which is not only a sustainable move but also helps to spread the word surrounding alternatives to plastic bags.
As you can see, these differences can have a big impact on the environment.
Another way your business can become more sustainable is by offsetting your carbon footprint. A business’s carbon footprint is defined as a measure of the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community.
There are a number of ways this can be achieved, which in hand will lead to a more sustainable business. Some of these examples can include:
- Measure your company’s current carbon footprint.
- Use renewable energy to run the company.
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
It’s important to remember however all these steps do not need to be taken at once to improve a business’s carbon footprint. Any steps you take over time will lead to an improvement in your business’s outputs.
Eco Incentives for staff
Another way to promote the use of sustainable products is to give eco-incentives to staff. For example, as an end of year reward for your staff members, they could be gifted with a pair of house shoes, a type of footwear that is designed for indoor use. They are typically made of soft, sustainable materials and are meant to be worn in the home.
Linking back to reducing carbon footprints, introducing eco-incentives for staff can help ‘reduce’ materials – for example not supporting fast fashion with poorly made house shoes.
Items like these will not only help to spread the word about sustainability products available but also shows that you as a business are supporting sustainability.
We hope this has been a useful insight into how your business can become more sustainable. If you are interested in any of our products here at Paper Bag Co, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.