Environmentally sustainable business methods do not necessarily lead to increases in expenses. Several things a business does to reduce its impact on the environment also reduce its overhead and manufacturing costs. Cost reduction in several areas improves the bottom line and the environment.
Telecommuting is one major way that a business can reduce environmental damage. If a job is performed from a worker’s home, the worker does not need to burn gas driving to work and send more carbon emissions into the air. Software improvements allow many work tasks to be performed from home, including article writing, financial calculations, and even meetings through teleconferencing software.
Food inventory control helps the environment. Restaurants, supermarkets, and conference centers discard huge quantities of excess food. By ordering foods that are most likely to be purchased, and receiving deliveries specifically when customers wish to purchase food, a company saves on waste removal as well as inventory expenses.
Logistics helps the environment. Delivery companies transport packages from warehouses to businesses and customers’ homes. Traveling during times of day when there is less traffic, including at night, reduces the amount of time the delivery truck sits in traffic and burns fuel, and provides faster delivery times. It’s still necessary for a worker to receive and authorize the package delivery, so the addition of extra shifts to make sure deliveries can be signed for is helpful.
Packaging reduction is another cost reduction tool. Many products contain several layers of packing material such as plastic, wax paper, and metal foil. Using packing methods which firmly compress large quantities of inventory so they do not have to be individually packaged is helpful, as well as using alternatives such as thin layers of material inflated with air to provide insulation.