Thinking about your business, what steps have you taken to reduce waste? And by waste, we are referring to anything you might casually throw away, such as scraps of paper, plastic bottles, pieces of cardboard, and old computers. 

You don’t need us to tell you why you should stop being so wasteful. There are the effects to the environment, for starters. The more waste that is being thrown onto our landfills, the greater the damage to the world around us. You can find out more at

Then there’s your business image to consider. If your customers and clients get to know about your unethical ways, then two things will happen. Firstly, they might stop using your business. And secondly, they might broadcast news of your behavior online. Say goodbye to your profits then! You need to protect your image, so as well as adhering to the advice we gave you here at, you should also take steps to go green, and this includes being less wasteful.

To become a zero-waste business, there are a number of steps you can take.

Step #1: Reduce

Thinking about paper, do you need to print and file all of your documents? Wouldn’t it be more cost and eco-efficient to store your files on the cloud instead? Thinking about your packaging materials, do you need to stuff your boxes with polystyrene, plastic, etc.? Do you need to use oversized cardboard boxes for the products you are delivering? And thinking about the materials you might use for the manufacturing process, could you do more with less? Thinking about all facets of your business then, consider how you might reduce the materials you use on a regular basis.

Step #2: Reuse 

Don’t just throw things away! If something can be repurposed, consider reusing them. So, thinking about any plastic bottles your employees might use for drinking purposes, could you not encourage them to refill their bottles from a tap or drinking fountain? If you have leftover materials from your manufacturing processes, could they be refashioned into something new? You could use the briquette technologies provided by, for example, to repurpose any raw materials your business uses. And thinking about your office furniture and technologies, you could save money and the environment by repairing and reusing them when they become old and worn. So, consider what you regularly throw away, and consider putting them to better use before discarding them completely.

Step #3: Recycle

There are all kinds of items that can be recycled, as you can see by looking at this extensive list (200+) at Therefore, purchase recycling bins for your property, or get them for free if your local council office provides them, and label them, so you, your employees, and your customers know where to dispose of the relevant items. If you don’t have space for recycling bins, then manually deliver your business waste to your local recycling center, or ask them if they do collections. Some companies will pay you for your recyclable goods too, so do your research online when looking for a recycling business to take your waste goods off your hands.


Reduce, reuse, and recycle; 3 steps towards becoming a zero-waste business. By taking these steps, not only will you benefit the world around you, but you will also benefit your business because of the cost-saving and profit-making advantages. What’s not to love? Let us know what you think, and if you have any further ideas for our readers, please share them with us.