This month is Small Business September in NSW. The state government is encouraging owners to see their business from ‘a new perspective’ and sustainability is increasingly a new perspective for small businesses.
Research carried out by Planet Ark for National Recycling Week 2008 entitled Make Recycling Your Business shows that saving money is the number one influence on businesses undertaking green initiatives. As one research participant said ‘Doing as much as we can to reduce our carbon footprint … also saves money.’ This is especially true, as energy prices have increased over time.
The research showed that recycling paper was the most common environmental activity undertaken by small businesses. The next most common activities included: recycling aluminium cans, milk and juice cartons, and other containers used in the workplace; turning computers off at night; and recycling printer cartridges. Each of these activities helps a business move closer to sustainability.
Some small businesses have built their entire model upon sustainability. Pure and Green Organics, a Planet Ark partner, is a small Sydney-based business that produces personal care products. Every product in their range is certified organic, their packaging uses post consumer recycled content and the pump packs are designed to eliminate what’s left over. It is a great model for others.
Check out the range of events, activities and forums during Small Business September that are designed to help businesses become more sustainable.