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In March 2019, last year alongside going freelance in the social media and copywriting field, I also decided to give eBay a shot and created my own online store. To start with the store was just to sell things I no longer needed, however, after I’d ran out of my own stuff to sell, I decided to start shopping around and looking into how to make a profit. Still to this day, I enjoy buying and selling things on. Luckily for me, I live less than a 5-minute walk away from my local post office and business appears to still be going well as I appear to have found my niche.
A while back I wrote a post about how to live a more sustainable life and it was a big hit with you guys, which has had me thinking about writing a follow-up. Therefore I decided to put a spin on it and go from a business angle and share my tips and tricks for creating a more eco-friendly business and the small changes you can make to transform your business.
Ban the plastic packaging
One of the more obvious places to start is by banning any unneeded plastic from your business, by starting with changing something simple like the packaging you use, the impact you’ll be making on the environment is a great first step. Companies such as Lil Packaging provide plastic-free packaging and they also allow you to buy the packaging in smaller quantities which means you don’t have to break the bank making this change. Although plastic can appear to be cheaper, cardboard is easier to reuse and recycle as well as allowing you to buy a more precise sizing.
Reuse and recycle
Following on from the last point, using cardboard packaging can be ideal for recycling as it’s easier to reuse to send out further packages, keep for if you’re moving home or just for the kids to turn into something else. By using cardboard it allows you to know you’re doing your bit in providing packaging that can be recycled with ease.
If your business is in need of new equipment or your business requires you buying items like mine, why not shop second hand? With so many fantastic bargains to be had when it comes to secondhand, you’re likely to find more for your money and give an item a new home. Places such as charity shops and eBay can be ideal for finding things such as office chairs, clothing and electrical items such as keyboards and monitors.
I’d love to know if you have any further tips when it comes to creating a more eco-friendly business