Going Green in the Retail: Eco-Friendly Tips for Retailers
“Green” is more than just a color; it refers to acts and practices that encourage environmentally friendly decisions and greater sustainability of resources. Retailers can benefit from going green in several different ways. It reduces waste, promotes efficiency, and most importantly, it sends a positive message to customers and the community at large. So, what are some of the different ways that you can go green with your retail store?
Among the easiest ways to go green is to recycle. Retail store owners and their employees can break down boxes, for instance, placing them aside for a recycling pickup. Other items that can be recycled includes glass, plastic and aluminum, although you’ll probably have more cardboard from product shipments than any other material. Contact some of the local recycling centers around your store to see if they offer free pickups. Many facilities will gladly visit your store to pick up recycled materials, and some of them may even pay you for it.
The right lighting can also promote a greener, more Eco-friendly retail store. Rather than using incandescent bulbs, consider switching to either compact fluorescent light (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED), both of which last longer and use less energy than their counterpart. While it’s true that incandescent bulbs are the cheapest, often costing just a couple bucks a piece, they have a very short lifespan, often running for just 1,200 hours. In comparison, CFL bulks will run for approximately 8,000 hours, making them well worth the investment.
Reduce Energy Usage
Here are some ways to go green while reducing your store’s energy usage:
- Use a programmable thermostat to turn off heating/cooling when the store is unoccupied.
- Have your store inspected for “thermal leaks,” adding extra insulation when necessary.
- Encourage employees to turn off the lights when they leave.
- Have HVAC system maintenanced annually for maximum efficiency.
- Install additional windows to allow natural light into your store during the daytime.
- Monitor energy usage for spikes.
Green Visual Merchandising
Of course, you can also implement green practices into your store’s visual merchandising. This includes the use of recyclable materials, minimizing waste, and adding natural elements like plants to your displays.
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