Everything to know about going green


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Why should businesses go green? This presentation gives you an overview on all of the benefits and reasons to going green. So let's get started!

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Everything to know about going green

  1. 1. Everything to know about going Green
  2. 2. Did you know 61% of small businesses are going green?
  3. 3. Why should businesses go green? • You will give your business a good reputation, while also gaining respect from customers • You will be socially aware and active- and this can gain customers • It shows you are honest and care- not just about personal success.
  4. 4. Practical reasons to go green • Cost: going green can be cost-effective. It can even save businesses thousands of dollars in expenditure. • Tax advantages: being socially aware has its perks. Depending on the state, the government has taken action on giving tax breaks to certain green companies. • Sustainability: Being a sustainable company is effective in promoting action amongst customers and employees.
  5. 5. Bad habitats to STOP doing now: 1. Littering 2. Not recycling 3.Leaving the lights on when not in use Stopping to do these simple yet harmful actions can harness a lot of positive change.
  6. 6. Easiest ways to go green: • Switch bill statements from paper to online • Reduce carbon footprint by using a reusable water bottle to refill your H2O • Place plants on your desk to reduce indoor pollution • Turn off your computer at the end of the day, when not in use
  7. 7. How to save money by going green • Switch to post consumer waste products when you really need to print anything. - this includes any recycled paper. • Use biodegradable cleaners in your officereduce exposure to chemicals by switching to human and eco friendly products. Many products sell them in bulk • Switch to CFL or LED lightbuls- they can save you about $200 per bulb.
  8. 8. What makes a product not environmentally friendly? • Large energy use • Water pollution as a byproduct • Large number of greenhouse gas emissions
  9. 9. Did you know…  It takes 1000 years for a plastic bag to fully degrade 3.5m tons of plastic bags are discarded in a year
  10. 10. What to know about PAPER? • Paper is the world’s most discarded item • 54.7% of all paper used in the US is recycled • US generated 5,260,000 tons of office paper waste • Average office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of paper a year
  11. 11. Most polluted cities: • 8/10 of the most polluted cities in the US are in California • Most polluted city in the world is Ulan Bator, Mongolia
  12. 12. Did you know… • 78 million tons of waste material have been diverted from landfills are a result of recycling • Average American produces 1,600 pounds of garbage per year • An average American uses 80-100 gallons of water a day • 16 billion paper cups are used in America yearly
  13. 13. But the good news is… 20% of small businesses are greener than last year, and 34% are looking to green this year because….
  14. 14. 3 BIGGEST MOTIVATORS TO GO GREEN • Concerns for the environment (76%) • Saving money (49%) • Employee encouragement and participation (20%) Motivators Concerns for the environment Saving money Employee encouragement and participation
  15. 15. 56% of small businesses go online to learn about green products
  16. 16. This is a reason for your business to be green because people want to invest with other green businesses.
  17. 17. Companies would want to see more green options of: • Ink and toner • Paper products • Cleaning products
  18. 18. Green your Search ® at Shoplet • Earth friendly and recycled toner • Recycled paper for a bargain • Green cleaning products
  19. 19. Going green with Shoplet • Did you know you can go Green with Shoplet? - Items you shop for can easily be converted with an Eco Friendly item through a special software.
  20. 20. By Buying Recycled Products With Shoplet You Helped Save:
  21. 21. Sources: • http://www.forbes.com/sites/kateharrison/2013/02/07/10-ways-to-greenyour-business-and-save-money/ • http://science.time.com/2011/09/27/the-10-most-air-polluted-cities-inthe-world/ • http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mhj45hmmm/20-parkersburg-wv-tie/ • http://sustainablebusinessforum.com/index.php?q=node/80261 • http://www.globalrcy.com/blog/bid/288495/Top-5-Recycling-Infographics • http://www.greenvo.com.my/2012/02/infographic-go-green-get-a-date/ • Benefits of Green Schools [Infographic] : Living Green Magazine • Green Biz Trends for Earth Month [Infographic] | IMT Green & Clean Journal • www.thegreenmechanics.com