Many businesses have realized the benefits that adopting green policies and building/manufacturing guidelines can bring. For the past year we have been talking about the compounding advantages that green construction can offer:
- The duel recycling benefits of not only building with recycled material (and using less resources as a result) but building structures that themselves can be broken down and reused in another context, thus minimizing construction waste.
- The energy-saving insulation that’s inherent in a modular design. This cuts down on heating and cooling costs dramatically, and when used in combination with water-saving appliances and low-energy lights and appliances, reduces your overall footprint.
- The air quality-preserving indoor manufacturing process. This process allows construction processes to be carefully controlled, leaving the air contaminant-free at the actual build site.
- The commercial advantage of green building. Energy conservation and sustainability are on a lot of consumers’ minds these days. Offering a product that addresses these concerns allows for a favorable market-capture.
These are certainly great benefits. We’ve also talked about the fact that not only is the public demanding greener, sustainable products, but cash-strapped governments everywhere are looking for green, efficient products. Providing goods that address this need could be highly profitable, as there are government contracts everywhere. This article helpfully details the opportunities for government contracts out there.
Another advantage more businesses could think about is this: offering green products help to further integrate your own employees by encouraging their own views. As we have said previously, green, sustainable products are on a lot of consumers’ minds lately. Chances are, that’s going to include a lot of your employees as well. This article details how you can get your employees more invested in your company, which includes representing their own views and interests…in this case, providing green and sustainable products. Definitely an interesting read, which apart from endorsing green processes and products, provides some wonderful insight into how to make your employees more productive overall.
There are always many ways to make a product and a business better and more efficient. Almost always, pursuing these ends themselves results in a more prosperous business overall.