I am a big fan of The Green Girls blog
; yesterday blogger MonicaF created a list of 40 eco-friendly changes that businesses can make. Each of these changes is a step towards a more sustainable business and most of the changes are low-cost and low-hassle.
My favorite item on the list is replacing reference books with Google. As a self-professed Google aficionado, I think that this is a great suggestion. Anytime I have a question about something, I load up Google. Granted, you have to be able to weed through inaccurate or sensationalized information when using Google as a reference tool but you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
There are several green office ideas listed including ditching the traditional land line and fax machine for a service like Ring Central which delivers voice mails to your email inbox and uses an e-fax program.
MonicaF has also included a few unique green finance suggestions, bartering instead of credit and social lending instead of the high interest rates associated with traditional lending. I know of many small businesses that have gotten off the ground through bartering services – if you create a logo for my company, I can write content for your site. Little things like that quickly add up to financial savings and lead to sustainability.