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Sustainability is one of those topics that gets a lot of media coverage but ends up getting the short end of the stick from business owners. The good news is that in the 2020s, it’s easier than ever to build a significant amount of sustainable planning and activity into the company framework and daily operations. If you want to help be a part of the solution and create a more sustainable world, there are plenty of things you can do to achieve that worthwhile goal.
Both business owners and individuals can avoid purchasing consumer goods that use too much packaging. Another tactic is for business owners to help employees get student loans when their intended course of study includes green degree programs. Some corporations already have cosigner agreements in place. Additionally, individuals and entrepreneurs have the option of supporting the solar industry as users of energy generating panels. Many working adults have chosen to drive fewer miles and get involved in local politics as other ways to contribute to overall societal sustainability. Here are a few suggestions that can help you get started.
Help Someone Get a Green Degree
If you operate a company of your own, why not assist employees who need student loans to earn green degrees? The single fastest way to do so is to cosign for the loan. That one action can increase the chances for approval by a significant amount. Some organizations agree to cosign for any college degree, while others attempt to encourage students to study sustainability-related subjects like organic architecture, environmental engineering, and others. Cosigning is a reliable way to support workers and assist them with their lifelong educational goals.
Don’t Buy Overpacked Goods
The most effective way to avoid wasting money on overpacked consumer goods is to buy in bulk from wholesale clubs. In general, large packages tend to use less paper than small ones do. Plus, traditional grocery and other stores offer thousands of products that include huge amounts of unnecessary paper packing and wrapping. Anyone can encourage the use of efficient packaging by patronizing merchants that sell in bulk and offer goods that don’t include wasteful paper enclosures.
Support the Solar Industry
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a healthy dose of good, old-fashioned capitalism. That’s particularly true for the solar industry as it struggles to survive in a marketplace where other forms of energy still heavily dominate the landscape. How can consumers support solar? The most efficient way is to purchase a solar powered array for your home. Fortunately, the price of panels has come down significantly in the past several years. Plus, sellers now offer small arrays that are ideal for mounting either on rooftops or in backyards on the ground.
One of the simplest actions people can take to support a more sustainable economy is to drive less. There are dozens of ways to achieve the goal. Besides using public transportation several times per week, consider combining errands when using your car to cut down on weekly mileage. Some working people discover that they can carpool to and from the office. Younger people can rely more on bicycles to get around the neighborhood. With a minimum amount of effort, it’s usually possible to reduce your weekly driving miles by about 30%.