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5 Business Behaviors the Negatively Impact Our Planet

By Donald Parfew

How business can become more environmentally sustainable Being green has never been so important. With the planet in a state of decline we need to do all we can to help alleviate the problem.

It isn’t just individuals needing to subscribe to this mentality either. Businesses need to get on board and contribute by operating in a greener fashion. Only with all of us pulling together will we make a difference.


According to DEFRA the average UK commercial and industrial waste total is in decline, which is good news. However, more still needs to be done.

Many companies recycle and reuse a lot of what they generate from providing their products or services but it’s the little things that can make the difference.

Implementing a thorough ‘green’ policy throughout your business is key to becoming a more environmentally friendly operation. If you’re a company head then looking at the detail is where you’ll be able to make big gains.

Waste is a significant problem within business environments and aiming to reduce this will have positive effects down the line.


It’s long been recognised that carbon emissions being dumped into the atmosphere are one of the main causes of the depletion of the Earth’s protective Ozone Layer. Strategies to address this problem by businesses have been implemented over the past few years but there is still too much being pumped into the atmosphere.

One of the biggest causes of carbon emission pollution is through transport.

If you’re a company using vehicles regularly then making this part of your business more efficient is one way to cut your carbon footprint down. Not only that, it will save you money.

If you operate a fleet of vehicles then considering electric or hybrid models, where possible, is another way of going green.

Office strategy

Whatever we do in our daily working lives will have some kind of knock on effect to the environment. Considering our behaviour while at work, and how we can make things better for the planet, is something we should all be mindful of.

Simple acts such as switching off lights when not in use, consuming less water by turning off taps and flushing toilets on the minimal setting are all ways that we can contribute to a greener way of operating.

Powering down PCs and not leaving them on standby, recycling and finding ways to reuse office materials are all ways to contribute to the environmentally friendly credentials of your place of work.


As a business you will no doubt find yourself working with suppliers and outside contractors.

When looking at potential companies to partner with, considering their green credentials is a way to build a network of environmentally conscious companies all striving to provide services or products while helping the planet at the same time.

The more this kind of strategy is implemented then the more likely firms will begin to take note and revise their working practices to benefit the environment.


If you’re the leader of a business then you need to take the reins and lead by example. Implementing green strategies into your normal operating procedure is a way to increase your employee’s awareness.

Investing in education and training is another good way to heighten the level of green practices within your company. Bringing experts in to perform presentations and provide green training will raise awareness amongst your staff.

Going green doesn’t have to be an expensive process – making small changes within your place of work will make an impact, no matter how small you perceive this to be.

The bottom line is that we all need to work towards being greener in every part of our lives, implementing this behaviour at work, where we spend an ever-increasing amount of time, is therefore an obvious way to achieve this.


Donald Parfew works for LAM Office; a UK-based recycled office furniture supplier. View their green business mission statement here.

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