Many small businesses are starting to realize the benefits of going green, but the cost and quality of energy-efficient products remains a big concern. Green options can actually save your business money and won’t force you to compromise quality, according to a report based on the Office Depot Small Business Index released earlier this year.
Office Depot, one of the nation’s largest office supply companies, surveyed 1,002 business professionals and found that half of all professionals are interested in making their offices greener, but cost and understanding are the two primary factors preventing businesses from going greener at the office.
According to the survey, professionals say they currently take part in the following green purchases and practices:
- More than half (54%) recycle paper and magazines
- Nearly a half (48%) recycle bottles and cans as well as ink cartridges (45%)
- Only 24% purchase Energy Star rated technology, e.g. computers, monitors, copiers, etc.
- One-third (33%) use energy-efficient lights
- A quarter (24%) print double-sided copies
- Only 16% purchase remanufactured ink and toner cartridges
The good news is that many businesses are starting to go green and are realizing the benefits. Creating a greener office is probably much simpler and less expensive than you think.
More about the survey in the infographic below:
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