For many, the concept of “green” is ambiguous—what exactly does it mean for a product to be green? There are many attributes that can make a product better for the environment. It does not just have to be something purely designed for the environment; there are lots of little things that might not fit into the “green” stereotype but that actually can have an impact, especially when you have a lot of people making a lot of decisions that all add up to helping the environment. Products that can help make your business greener tend to fall into one or more of three basic categories: reducing waste and resources; reducing energy; and reducing chemicals.
Reducing Waste and Resources
Also fitting into the category of reducing waste and resources are products that are reusable. Instead of buying disposable, one-off ink cartridges for your printer, you might buy refillable cartridges and then refills whenever needed. Rechargeable batteries fit into this category (along with the chargers enabling you to keep using them). And don’t forget about rewritable products in our digital age. Flash drives and rewritable CDs and DVDs can reduce the use of paper—and of single-use, read-only electronic storage options, too.