The biggest threat to our planet is climate change, but many people seem to have forgotten this following on from the coronavirus pandemic. However, health experts have recently warned that climate change actually poses a greater threat to public health than COVID-19. This is because pollution can cause respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Poor air quality has also been linked to problems with lung development and weight gain in children.
Everyone needs to be doing more to prevent climate change from happening, but particularly businesses, as it’s become increasingly obvious in recent years that the main perpetrators of global warming are companies as opposed to individuals. So, if you’re a business owner, there are several changes you need to make to combat climate change. Read on to find out what they are.
Is your business involved in goods production? If so, what components are involved in making the product, and are any harmful to the environment? For those who don’t know the answer to this question, now is the time to start doing some research. Even the most innocuous of ingredients can severely impact the earth and air quality. For example, one of the main contributors to deforestation is palm oil production. Palm oil is an ingredient in everyday products like shampoo, chocolate and toothpaste. The demand for it is exponential and resultantly the damage will soon become irreversible. If you’re a business owner, then create your products from eco-friendly sources and take the first step towards tackling climate change.
Another big contributor to climate change is plastic. Unfortunately, plastic packaging is what most businesses use to store and deliver their product in because it’s cheap, durable and versatile. As plastic is non-biodegradable, it takes about 1000 years to decompose, and its incineration produces terrible emissions. Business owners should, therefore, avoid using plastic and instead elect for eco-friendly packaging. This is made from materials like cardboard or cassava with vegetable oil. As this packaging is organic and biodegradable, it can return to the environment without causing any harmful aftereffects. While eco-friendly packaging might be more expensive than plastic, it does have the added benefit of boosting your brand name. People like to see business owners making a conscious effort towards saving the environment.
3. Running the Office
Have you considered how the supplies within your office might have a detrimental effect on the environment? What about your electrical devices, and printing? Even businesses who offer a service (as opposed to goods) can be guilty of contributing to climate change in these ways. If you leave your office computers on overnight, for instance, you might end up wasting a significant amount of electricity. Meanwhile, seemingly harmless office supplies like antibacterial soap can have an insidious effect on the environment. Assess your workspace and see where there’s room for improvement; buy eco-friendly office supplies and use energy-efficient devices.
Transport is involved in some way for pretty much every business. Whether that be your employees getting to work, travelling to appointments, or sending out goods deliveries. The problem with this is the nasty emissions vehicles release, especially when stalled in rush-hour traffic. As such, business owners should focus their energy on making their company’s transport methods as eco-friendly as possible. As an example, many companies encourage their employees to do car shares or take public transport where they can. If you’re using delivery services for your business, you should choose companies which focus on reducing their carbon footprint.
These are some of the main ways business owners can combat global warming. Don’t hesitate to implement these changes because we need action now to save the planet.