5 Ways to Make Your Small Business More Sustainable

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by Yoli Ouiya on June 24, 2013

Sustainability is not just a trending topic; It is the future of creating efficient operations that not only meet the bottom line but reduce the carbon footprint of enterprises. Small businesses can create a lot of waste from thousands of sheets of paper that pass hands internally to kitchenettes using plastic and styrofoam cups on a daily basis.

Here are 5 simple ways you can make an impact and create eco-friendly habits in the workspace.

1. Invest in Personalized Mugs and Stainless Steel Bottles for Employees

With the numerous trips made to the coffee machine and water dispenser, the amount of waste from plastic and styrofoam cups are astronomical. Over 50% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee everyday. With that, about 25 billion styrofoam coffee cups get thrown away every year as well as 2.5 million plastic beverage bottles, and neither of them are biodegradable. For meetings with clients , have a fleet of reusable cups and mugs that can be washed and restocked for the next day. Another option is to purchase recycled paper cups or plastic cups made from corn plastics.

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Yoli Ouiya is a Green & Healthy Living Expert, Green Chef, Publisher and Editor in Chief of YolisGreenLiving.com. She is noted as the “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, and currently operates a boutique eco-lifestyle outfit Yoli’s Green Living Group. Black Enterprise included Yoli in its “Top 20 National Bloggers” of 2012, was named ‘Best in Green Living” by AllParenting.com, and listed as “Top 17 Black Woman Bloggers to Watch in 2013″ bu ForHarriet.com. With a certification in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell, she offers workshops, lectures, and organizes a variety of eco-chic green themed events in New York. She is currently on the board of directors for The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, a health and nutrition specialist for Harlem Children’s Zone, and co-authoring a book slated for completion Spring 2014.

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