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Helping Your Startup Business Prove Its Dedication to Sustainability

Being able to transition a startup into a long-term viable business doesn’t happen overnight. When first starting a new business venture, there are many roadblocks that come up especially when it comes to standing out in a crowded market and building a memorable brand.

However, while dealing with competitors and continuously improving product designs is typically top of mind for entrepreneurs, there are other important initiatives that should also be focused on. One of these relates to a business’s environmental awareness and its willingness to adopt sustainable business practices.

Not only is taking sustainability seriously as a growing business the right thing to do, but it can also play an impactful role in an organization’s ability to grow successfully. 

Make Sustainability Part of Your Startup’s DNA

One of the mistakes that many new entrepreneurs make when starting a business venture is not realizing the importance of designing a structure that supports sustainable practices. The truth is that sustainability should be at the heart of everything you do and not just be considered an afterthought that requires a few boxes to be checked off.

For an organization to succeed when attracting modern-day consumers, sustainability should be part of its DNA. In fact, this should be clearly expressed when documenting mission statements and core values that the business will strive for now and into the future.

When defining your organization’s objectives, you should carefully consider how your decisions can and will impact the community. Businesses have a considerable responsibility to apply best practices to reduce their carbon footprint and play their part in helping to protect the environment and those who live in it.

Design Eco-Conscious Products and Services

It’s important to remember that not all industries have the same impact on the environment as others. This doesn’t mean that your business shouldn’t consider your unique circumstances while looking for ways to apply better sustainability practices. It simply means that the steps you take to remain environmentally responsible might be different than other businesses.

For organizations that specialize in the production of specific products, however, there are some important things that can be done to support better sustainability:

Integrate Eco-Friendly Materials Into Your Product Designs

Retailers and manufacturers can have a significant impact (positive or negative) on the environment due to the amount of products they produce and sell. 

It’s important that businesses operating in this space look for as many opportunities as possible to use eco-friendly components or packaging when designing their products.

Embrace the Concept of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

The concept of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” has existed for decades. However, this statement couldn’t be more important than it is today, especially in commercial settings. 

Businesses should continuously evaluate how their products or services fit into this statement. This involves considering product designs that allow products to adapt or be upgraded over time. This extends their lifespan and minimizes the need to dispose of them and purchase new models within only 1-2 years.

Manage Your Product Lifecycle Sustainably

Most products go through several stages of development before they’re produced and eventually distributed to end users. This puts a certain level of responsibility on brands to make sure that each of these stages is optimized to reduce energy consumption and waste.

When evaluating a product’s lifecycle, businesses should look for opportunities to make improvements in manufacturing, distribution, and end-of-life disposal processes.

Optimize Your Business Efficiency and Resource Conservation

Regardless of whether or not your business designs and sells physical products, there are impactful ways that ALL businesses can do their part when maximizing their resource conservation efforts.

Some of these initiatives you can adopt include:

Powering Your Business With Renewable Energy Sources

Today’s businesses have more options available to them than in previous years regarding how they power their facilities. Rather than having your entire operation powered by electric utility companies, you could consider incorporating renewable energy sources like solar panels. 

While this may not be a feasible solution for your entire business, even small improvements in energy consumption can make a big difference when cutting down greenhouse emissions.

Implementing Smarter Waste Reduction Strategies

There are a number of strategies businesses can use to reduce energy and water waste in their office. It’s important to audit various areas that can contribute to potential waste and create smart solutions for managing efficiently.

One area that can contribute greatly to a business’s carbon footprint is employee bathrooms or kitchen areas. As a startup business, you may have flexibility when designing these spaces before hiring employees. If this is the case, consider using smart water features or low-flow plumbing solutions to reduce water waste.

If your business moves into an older office building, you could evaluate the cost-effectiveness of renovating your communal spaces by completing a bathroom remodeling project or simply by replacing outdated kitchen appliances with more energy-efficient ones.

Investing In Eco-Friendly Office Solutions

Office buildings can use a lot of energy on a daily basis. While this isn’t entirely avoidable, there are small but progressive steps you can take to reduce the footprint your business has.

Smart lighting features aren’t just valuable additions if you’re looking to sell a house, they can also be a considerable improvement for your business. Intelligent lighting and energy-efficient office equipment can save a considerable amount of energy consumption throughout the year. While these updated devices are much better for the environment, they’re often much more efficient and easier to use as well. 

Measure Your Commitment to Sustainability Over Time

Making sustainability part of your startup’s DNA means keeping your business accountable over time. To do this, it’s important to track and measure your environmental initiatives’ impact and make necessary changes or improvements to them as needed.

One way to do this is by using industry frameworks and benchmarks that you can use to evaluate your own business’s success. When doing this, you can create certain performance indicators, such as your business’s energy consumption month-to-month, to gauge how impactful your sustainability practices are.

This kind of awareness and dedication is necessary as your business grows along with your carbon footprint. By regularly reinforcing your commitment to sustainability, you’ll be able to prove to your employees and your customers your authenticity when it comes to wanting to create a healthier environment for everyone.

Make Sustainability an Important Part of Your Startup Strategy

Sustainability shouldn’t be an afterthought for your startup business. By making smarter environmental decisions for your organization, you’ll be sure to show others where your priorities are while building a brand that staff and customers can trust.

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Author Name: Dalip Jaggi

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Entrepreneur, technologist, and passionate business leader sum up the core of Dalip Jaggi, co-founder of Revive Real Estate, a PropTech company with a goal to democratize house flipping. Since its 2020-inception, Revive has since become the smartest solution for homeowners to maximize their home’s sales value across the nation.

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