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Year after year, the necessity for embracing eco-friendly practices becomes more vital. After all, we only have one planet, and it’s essential that we all ensure it stays as healthy as possible.

Why? Because a thriving business needs a flourishing planet to work from. And making a few small steps toward environmentally-friendly business practices today can pay off in more ways than one in the future. So, how can you make those changes as soon as possible and get your business future-focused and eco-conscious?

Here are some of the most effective methods of embracing sustainability for your business.

Take a renewable energy course

No one is expecting businesses to have all the answers when it comes to making the world a greener place. However, you are going to have to learn a few of the best possible ways to utilise sustainability in your everyday business dealings.

There are top renewable energy courses available online for you to get more familiar with the new world of sustainability. They cover a wide range of ideas, tips, and processes to get you up to speed.

The importance of recycling

Some businesses think that being environmentally friendly means creating no waste. But what it means is correctly disposing of all the waste you create. A strict and simple-to-follow recycling scheme can make a huge difference to your carbon footprint. If you really want to go further, many companies are now using packaging that’s made from recycled products too!

Go fully paperless

With legally binding contracts and other important documents now being done online, full-paperless practices are becoming more common. When you break it all down, paper was previously used for marketing campaigns, letters, leaflets, and more. Emails, online marketing campaigns, and digital documents mean there’s rarely a need to print off all of that wasteful paper.

Renewable energy

Your combined energy usage is probably your biggest source of hazardous environmental output. That’s why so many businesses are now searching for ways to reduce how their energy impacts the planet. With more eco-friendly ways of powering your business, it can be extremely beneficial to take a course on using solar energy, wind, or other renewable energy methods.

Better brand reputation

Sustainable business practices provide your company with more than just cost-saving methods – they’re also fast becoming one of the biggest deciding factors a customer turns to when picking a business.

People are happy to give their money to a brand with a strong reputation for sustainability, as they feel that they’re helping the environment as they spend. This bolsters your brand reputation and establishes you as a forward-thinking and innovative business.

Public pledges

How do you let people know about how kind to the planet your business is? Through announcing these wonderful things on social media and other marketing channels. Let people know about your sustainable energy, your dedication to recycling, and your goals to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s a valuable marketing tool that’s also making a true difference in the world.


Although big events are a lot of fun to plan and participate in, they can also leave a large mess behind. An acceptable plan to minimize waste is good for the environment, but it’s also good for the costs associated with your event. In fact, even a minimal recycling program can reduce waste costs by up to 20 percent. Whether you’re planning a major public or private event, use these tips to minimize and streamline waste cleanup.

Clearly Mark Recycling Stations

Recycling stations are an important part of keeping your event clean and green, but confusing or unmarked sorting stations can cause people to throw all their trash away in one container. Set up recycling stations around your event that feature one trash container, one compost container, and one recycling bin. Then create a sign to hang above each container that clearly states what should go in each. Use images or photos on your signs to keep the message simple. The clearer each station is, the easier it is for guests to sort their trash into the correct container.

Image source Flickr by andyarthur

Image source Flickr by andyarthur

Consider Reusable When Possible

If possible, consider reusable plates, cups, utensils, and linens for your event. These offer no more cost over time than disposable items, and they have a less negative effect on the environment. Making a paper plate expels around 3.8 grams of carbon emissions, requires 8 gallons of fresh water, and needs wood from a tree. Thus an event for 100 people will waste trees, use 800 gallons of water, and emit around 380 grams of carbon for just the paper plates alone. If it’s not possible to use reusable items, consider using those that are easy to recycle.

Buy in Bulk

Whenever you can buy your products in bulk, you can cut down on waste. This is especially true for prepackaged items such as snacks and cookies. Buying in bulk also cuts down on waste of single-use items such as salt, pepper, and creamer. To really reduce waste during your event, serve condiments such as ketchup and mustard in bulk containers instead of individual packets. If you end up buying too much, consider donating what you didn’t use to a food bank or charity. You can also donate items that are usually considered trash, such as cardboard tubes and containers, to a school or daycare for use in art projects.

Use Rental Equipment

Many events require large equipment such as carts, tables, and chairs. You can cut down on waste by renting this equipment instead of buying it. Additionally, renting portable toilets is another way to keep your event clean and sanitary. Having enough toilets available for your guests keeps everyone comfortable and happy. Even if you’re planning an upscale event, you can choose to rent a luxury portable toilet that is more spacious and that has a flushable unit or even a VIP portable toilet, which includes extra space, a flushable unit, a sink, and a mirror.

By incorporating these eco-friendly tips, you can put together an event that cuts down on waste and cleanup yet that is still enjoyable and entertaining.