Monday, February 28, 2011

Tips of Doing Business the "Green" Way

Eco-friendly is no longer a mere trend or another fancy term in the way we do business or attract customers. Instead, over time, the term has gradually evolved into a necessity, a standard and ethic way to conduct business practices and often at a lower cost to the alternative.


Here are some simple steps that even a small business can easily adapt to. Becoming an environmentally conscious entity is no longer a tough task!

1. Paper-less Operation or Print Responsibly

Discard the old heavy paper filing and printing habit, it's time to ask our computers for help!

You can also manage file archives, sharing and saving documents electronically. It not only saves trees, but also your expenses.

For all things that still need paper, how about using recycled printing materials and remanufactured toner cartridges?

Researchers estimate that about 90% of the used toner and ink cartridges are disregarded every year. Those used cartridges in most cases still retain some leftover ink or toner inside of the cartridges. The liquid ink or powder toner will find their way out of the plastic container and into the soil, causing major issues under the surface.

By choosing to use a remanufactured inkjet or toner cartridge, one can contribute to one less plastic cartridge is needed to be molded. We can help preserving our environment by reducing the oil needed to mold the plastic container and reduce the landfill space needed to dispose of the used plastic containers. 
 

And here at Toner Spot, we are also taking the initiative to contribute to this positive movement. We are currently designing a recycling program that is easy and provide a monetary incentive for our customers to recycle their empty cartridges. Come visit us soon for this exciting upcoming program!

2. Reduce Unnecessary Traveling or Travel Green

Thanks to our advanced technology, conferences and presentation can now be conducted via internet. Companies are encouraged to travel less mainly due to the case of reducing costs. However, it also helps the environment when less transportation is being taken.

If traveling is unavoidable, companies can now choose another route by traveling "green." Even back in 2009, when National Business Travel Association conducted a survey with manager-level workers who are in charge of travel planning, 21% agreed that it is essential in selecting an environmentally-conscious company. Remember the number was only 16% from 2008 survey.

To name a few travel "green" options: Select hotels that perform energy efficient practices, using public transportation, and cooperating with rental services who offer fuel efficient cars.


 3. Small Office Space Remodification

Don't get nervous here, we're not talking about tearing off the ceiling and knocking down the walls. Let's start with something small, something even a caveman high school student can do.

Here is a simple list for some of the office space remodification ideas:

A. Use energy efficient light bulbs, especially for less visited spaces such as storage room

B. Place recycle bins for at least paper and can waste

C. Implement programmable thermostats and set less extreme temperatures. Ever feel that chill when walking into an office space in the “summer” time?

D. Place green plants because it helps in recycling the air. After all, we all want a bit of freshness especially sitting behind the cubicle or office for long periods of time, right?


All the above things are definitely not hard to achieve. Motivate yourself, and motivate your employees. Help us pushing this green movement and making our Earth a even better place to live!

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