When it comes to environmental impact, you might assume offline businesses are guilty of the worst damage.
And to be honest, your assumptions would be right, as oil spills and air emissions are big contributors to the mess the world is in right now.
Thankfully, offline businesses are making changes.
Oil spills can be minimized through the use of strengthened containers, absorbent materials, and these stainless steel extended valves. And air emissions are being reduced through the use of low carbon vehicles and low-emission equipment.
So, where do you fit into all of this? If you’re running an online business, you might assume your impact on the environment is minimal.
Well, you would be wrong. You might still be responsible for damaging the environment, but thankfully, you can also make changes.
#1: Consider your supply chain
Do your suppliers use sustainable materials for the products they provide to you? Do they use too much packaging when shipping to you?
If their products aren’t sustainable, and if too much packaging is used, you might want to rethink the supply company you use. By switching to those companies who are going green, you might make those companies who aren’t sustainable think twice about their practices.
Then think about the distance between your online business premises and the supply company.
The further away they are, the further delivery fleets will have to travel. This has obvious consequences for the environment, so you might want to find a supplier closer to home.
By taking these steps, you will do much to protect the environment.
#2: Think about shipping
When selling to other countries or your home country, you should think about the shipping companies you use. If they aren’t using low carbon vehicles, they will be adding to the pollution in the earth’s atmosphere.
The same applies to the oceanliners who will be shipping your products abroad. Battery-powered ships are coming into use now and are being used to tackle emissions, so these should be your first choice.
Do your research and try to use those companies that will ship your products with minimum impact on the environment.
#3: Use less packaging
Not only will you annoy your customers if you use too much packaging when sending your products, but you will contribute to the waste in the world too.
Especially when your customers throw your packaging into the waste, you will be a contributor to the trash on our landfills.
Save money and the world by using less cardboard and fewer packaging materials.
By cutting to size, you will have more left over for future shipments. You should also use eco-friendly packaging materials, as this is another way to protect the environment.
#4: Make other green choices
When you’re not using your computer or your other office technologies, turn them off. When your ink runs out, recycle your old cartridges.
When you’re writing new blog posts, consider writing something that will raise awareness for the environment.
These are just a few of the other things you can do to go green with your online business, so be mindful, and do what you can to care for the world we live in.
Thanks for reading!