Going Green Without Spending It

Have you ever heard someone say, “It takes a lot of green to go green?” Well, it does. Especially for companies battling a recession. But why does going green have to cost money?

For starters, those recycling bins don’t just magically appear in your shop or magically get emptied every night at the office. Someone has to pay for the recycling bins. Someone has to pay somebody to empty them into a larger bin outside for pickup. Someone has to pay somebody to come and pick up the recycling dumpster for transport to the sorting plant. That someone inevitably is the company attempting to go green.

Wow. This sounds like way too many resources are being spent (both time and money) towards achieving one goal of making the planet a clean and more habitable place for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, though. I love clean oceans, fresh mountain air and all that goes with recycling, but aren’t we going to the extreme to produce results that we probably won’t see in our lifetime?

How would you, as a company, like to see immediate results without having to spend money? It’s not impossible. In fact, it can be fun.

Get people to ride their bicycles. See my wheels going into motion?

Look at Los Angeles and their smoggy city. There are millions of people inhabiting this humungous city and only a fraction of them are actually taking advantage of riding their bikes. If 25% of these people gave up their car for one month, we would see more than just clean air. We would see people become healthier. Healthier people mean happier companies because it would cost them less for health insurance.

So why would you pay for recycling bins, dumpsters and removal services when it really doesn’t directly benefit the company or employee in a way that is rewarding for all? In fact, issue some sort of minor compensation for those who ride their bicycles. Even if you spend half of your cost otherwise allocated in recycling towards inciting people to ride their bicycles, it would still mean a symbiotic benefit that both parties financially benefit from.

I’m not saying that you should stop recycling and hop on the bicycle bandwagon, but I am saying that there are ways to improve your employee’s life and the company’s wallet at the same time.

Need help finding incentives or finding resources to use? Try talking to local bicycle shops about ways to improve that morning commute for your employees without breaking the budget. Green companies, green employees, green in the wallet.

By Robert Miller