May 30, 2018

How recycling can make your business money

Words by Sarah Hayes

Research has indicated that over half of consumers will consider not using a company that they believe has bad ethics. So it doesn’t matter if you’re the fastest, the cheapest or have the cleverest ads; for the 800,000 small businesses operating in London offering an abundance of choice for consumers, leading without good morals could cost you money. Recognising the ethical importance of sustainability to your business is one thing, but integrating it into the daily operations can be challenging. Many businesses see the money and time investment in changing their operations as a major barrier to being more sustainable; a common misconception.

Recycling is one of the easiest ways to lower your environmental impact while also differentiating your business from others.

Recycling in your workplace has the following monetary benefits to your business:

  1. Cost Savings – Reducing, reusing and recycling your business's consumption of resources generates obvious cost savings: you’ll consume fewer materials and increase resource efficiency. Recycling sacks also cost less than general waste sacks, so you’ll be saving cash by moving recyclable items over sending them to incineration.
  2. Company Image – The rise of the conscious consumer and meaningful work means that a commitment to environmental sustainability can help attract first-rate talent, gain media attention and win public respect. Promote your sustainability, by using your gold recycling certificate to win favour and share your zero waste status to your advantage, like Travers Smith in the photo above!
  3. Long term growth – A recent study revealed that 1 in 3 consumers prefer sustainable businesses and that those who put sustainability at the heart of their business are growing 50% faster than others.

The transition from environmental sustainability as a humanitarian cause to a legitimate business opportunity of long-term economic value is a vital step needed for our planet. Recycling with First Mile presents a simple and convenient opportunity to streamline operations, reduce costs and help save the planet.

Want to start your recycling journey? Contact us today

By Sarah Hayes


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