3 Ways Your Business Can Go Green and Save Money

Go Green and Natural Now Abstract BackgroundYes, it’s possible to run an environmentally-sustainable and profitable business. You just have to know which strategies benefit both your bottom line and our planet. Here we share 3 ways your business can go green and save money.

1. Use Less Paper

Using less paper is a surefire way to save your business money and help it go green. According to the Paperless Project, the average office worker uses a staggering 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. Eliminating even a fraction of the paper documents you produce, store and manage can have a positive impact on your bottom line as well as the environment.

The most efficient and cost-effective way to use less paper is to convert your documents to digital files. With the help of a professional document imaging service, your documents are organized, indexed, scanned and stored in an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS). EDMS supports digital workflow automation solution by enabling:

  • Fast desktop document retrieval
  • Simultaneous user access to digital files
  • Direct email and fax capabilities

Document imaging and electronic document management lets you leave wasteful and costly paper-based processes behind for good.

2. Ditch Your Office Shredder

Your office shredding machine may seem harmless and innocuous, but actually, it consumes energy and a massive amount of employee time, increasing your carbon footprint and hindering profitability. For example, shredding documents with an office shredder involves several time-consuming steps:

  • Removing staples and paper clips from paperwork
  • Separating paperwork into easily-shredded portions
  • Emptying the shredding receptacle

Paper jams and other maintenance problems are common, adding even more time to the shredding process. Knowing all this, it seems obvious that ditching your office shredder for a professional paper shredding service is more economical and environmentally sound.

When you use a shredding service, secure shred bins are strategically placed throughout your office, where employees can quickly slip documents and whole files into the containers without removing paperclips and staples. A screened shredding technician then collects contents of the containers on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly schedule for destruction on-site at your business or off-site at a shredding plant. This way, your employees more time to focus on revenue-generating tasks.

A shred-everything policy helps reduce your risk of an information breach even more. When you look at the bigger picture, professional document shredding is an all-in-one document disposal solution that protects your information, preserves our resources, and saves you money.

3. Recycle Securely and Responsibly

Recycling is essential for a green business. Just remember: your recycling process should never put personal information at risk of being stolen. Tossing a confidential document in a recycling bin without destroying it first is bad,. But placing a bag of shredded material in recycling bin isn’t much better. Thieves often steal bags of shredded material and reconstruct as many documents as possible. A privacy breach resulting from stolen documents can cost your business in legal fees, regulatory fines and reputation damage.

A professional paper shredding service helps you avoid the risks of negligent disposal and recycling. All shredding and recycling takes place within a closed building protected by security procedures and technology. The professional shredding process ensures documented custody throughout the collection, destruction, baling and recycling process, eliminating privacy breach exposure.

By following the tips we’ve mentioned here, you can achieve a profitable, secure and environmentally-responsible business.

Richards & Richards provides records and information management solutions for businesses throughout Nashville. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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