STAPLES BizTIPs 4business: Make your biz greener

By Small Business Expert Roger Pierce, BizLaunch

Everybody wins when your new small business helps to protect the environment. Unlike larger corporations which struggle with internal bureaucracy to implement “green” measures, your nimble small business can decide today to be environmentally conscious.

Here’s how you can turn your business green:

  • Practice the 3Rs. Embrace ways to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. Go out today and buy some new blue bins for your business and make sure everyone on your team is using them. Appoint a “Green Officer” to champion your internal recycling efforts.

  • Go paperless. Businesses use a lot of paper, and much of it ends up in landfill. Today’s electronic world should help you to eliminate a lot of paper in your office, so get your employees, suppliers and customers to use electronic invoicing, online project management software and website banking.

  • Buy recycled products. Switch to recycled ink cartridges, recycled file folders and post-it notes to lessen the impact of your business on the environment. Remember to drop your old electronic devices such as cell phones at designated recycling bins.

  • Rent the video. Watch the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth to learn more about the dangerous condition of our planet. Get your entire small business team to watch it at work.

You can learn more about this and other how-to topics in a free STAPLES BizLaunch Webinar. To find one near you, please visit today.


ROGER PIERCE is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve success. Co-founder of Canada’s largest small business training company,, he’s launched eleven small businesses of his own and personally experienced what he calls “the good, the bad and the ugly” sides of entrepreneurship.

BizLaunch advises thousands of Canadian startups through its popular how-to seminars and webinars delivered with partners such as STAPLES.

By Adam

April 23, 2010