Go Green: How to Put Your Business on an Eco-Friendly Path
What you don’t know can’t hurt you.
We have all heard the saying, but when it comes to environmental toxins, what you do not know can in fact cause serious harm. Almost every person on the planet is exposed to toxins in the environment on a daily basis, and science has proven that exposure causes serious damage to your health.
The general population is becoming more aware of the pressing significance of protecting their own health and the ecosystem. Businesses are responding to the public’s demand that they set an environmentally-friendly example for their consumers.
One survey showed 88% of consumers respected those businesses who adopt these eco-friendly practices. By setting your small business on the green path, you can not only do your part of being socially responsible, but it also can, in turn, scale the success of your company. So, how do you deliver on your small business’s promise to go green?
I recently spoke with Chief Operating Officer Matthew Mills of Med-X, Inc. which is one of the leading green companies in the all-natural supplier space, to find out how to go green in the workplace.
Perform an audit.
The word audit is, well, yuck. As a busy professional, the last thing you probably have time to do is perform yet another audit on your business. But if you don’t know what you are doing wrong, how can you fix it?
According to Mills, the best way to set your business down the right path is to assess your business’s current carbon footprint. The following are good measures of just how eco-friendly your business currently is.
- Cleaning and maintenance products: Are your products full of harsh chemicals? Check all window cleaners, electronics cleaners, floor products, bathroom supplies, and a thorough inventory of your cleaning and supply closet. Double-check the products any maintenance and cleaning crews may be using, including any pesticide use.
- Energy use: Do a review of your energy use. What are the guidelines in place for turning lights on and off and setting the thermostat in your office building? Online tools are available to help you calculate your current energy usage. Changes in solar, LED light bulbs, and even your insulation can have an impact.
- Recycle: Does your office have a recycling bin available for all the paper and other products you use? This is a quick and easy change that can have a major impact on the eco-friendly guidelines for your business.
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Introduce cutting-edge "green" products.
Our world is facing a catastrophe. Exposure to harsh chemicals including pesticides is common and, regrettably, linked to cancer, chronic disease, and damage to the ecology. Vector-borne diseases are killing more than 700,000 per year and growing at a rate of more than 5% each year.
A study done by the Journal of the Florida Mosquito Control Association Journal in 2019 shows that natural products can truly compete and outperform the toxic chemicals used in Vector Control.
Fortunately, no longer do we live in the day and age where your options for products are limited to only big chemical manufacturers. Options for all-natural plant-based supplies that solve these issues are readily accessible.
For example, Med-X, Inc. has an all-natural alternative to commercial quality pest control with similar results but without harsh chemical usage. Using products such as these can really help your company do its part to reduce toxins and lessen environmental damage. Mills explains:
Continuing to educate the masses about the hidden dangers of harsh toxic chemicals is the key to solving so many environmental and health issues for future generations to come.
Seriously drill down and consider all the products being used in your place of business, down to the ones used by any outside contractors. Even those employees suffering from pain due to migraines, menstrual cramps, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or a number of other ailments can find all-natural options for their relief so they can get on with a productive day. Mills says:
We want to do no harm, so why would big chemical companies continue developing products with all these pesticides and neurotoxins in them? It makes absolutely no sense.
By switching your company’s products and medicine cabinet to all-natural solutions, you can create a much healthier environment to work in. Doing so will not only help the planet, but also will not be detrimental to the health of your maintenance crews, employees, and management, resulting in happier and healthier staff.
Become part of the bigger green movement.
Demand is on the rise for sustainable products as the public and professionals seek to limit their exposure to synthetic chemicals. As you place your business on the green path, make sure to share with the world so you can set an example to your consumers and other companies you do business with.
Post on social media, your website, create signs for your office and business vehicles, and join partnerships ready to encourage others to make small changes that make a big impact, as well as sharing information regarding the products and protocols that have set your company on the path to a greener and cleaner future.
Making a difference is not always about the monumental moments, it’s about the everyday moments. There are three principles that truly affect the quality of our lives: health, wellness, and peace of mind. These impact all of us, and this is what drives our Med-X team to educate, innovate, and cultivate.
Becoming an environmentally-friendly business isn’t as hard as it seems. It just takes some small changes to your routine and the products you choose to use. By making these adjustments and placing eco-friendly practices at the top of your priority list, you can make a drastic reduction in your small business’s carbon footprint. The environment, your employees, and your customers will thank you.
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