What does the future of your shop look like? Do you think you will still be using the same coffee machine or POS system? Things change with time, this is not a new thing. We must think of the future now or we will be caught in the past. I can't say it better than Forbes, so I'll let them take over...
"Bottom line: Adopting sustainable business practices can improve your profits both in the environmental and traditional sense. Your ability to meet demands for eco-conscious products can work to add improvements to the public health and environment and increase positive brand association. And the cost savings involved can offset the costs of integrating any type of sustainable initiative. Simply put, investing in a sustainability plan for your small business is a wise investment for the future."
So let's talk about the benefits of being a sustainable business.
1. Loyal Customers
Customers will be guilt-free coming to your shop, as well as more loyal. Customers that have the same desire to be more eco-friendly will be loyal to your business and support your efforts. Having a loyal customer is a lasting, ongoing relationship between business and consumer. This relationship is important, if you share the same beliefs and values it will last forever.
2. Save Money
The Green Business Bureau said, "Eco-friendly business measures naturally lead to savings. Practices such as energy conservation, recycling, use of water-saving devices, energy-efficient equipment, solar power, and reduced waste help keep costs down, and have proven time and again to be far more efficient and cost-effective than traditional energy use."
3. Staying ahead of the Curve
If you are in the United States, then you know that every day more laws and regulations are being passed to become greener. Going green means you are being ahead of the curve. Eco-friendly is the future and staying ahead of the curve makes it easier when the laws are passed in your state.
The benefits go on and on, but the most important benefit is saving our earth. As a small business, you can make a big change. You can impact the businesses and people around you. We all have the power to change little habits to make the switch to a more eco-lifestyle. Start today in your business by carrying eco-friendly cups and spoons. This simple change can make our earth a little greener with every customer.
So how do I start becoming more eco-friendly in your Coffee shop?
Below are 3 ways you can become more eco-friendly, waste-free, and sustainable!
1. Use renewable products
One way your small business can be more eco-friendly is by using renewable products. This could mean using solar panels to power your business or using recycled materials in your product packaging. You can also use sustainable building materials, such as bamboo floors or walls made of recycled glass bottles. These are just a few examples - there are many renewable products available on the market, so do some research to see what would work best for your business!
2. Eco-friendly Supplies
I have some great news for you! Turns out it is possible to have disposable supplies that don't harm the environment! Here at Hot Cup Factory, we are looking into new technology to make coffee shops more sustainable. Our new Evaporating Spoons are completely biodegradable and designed to feel comfortable to the consumer. You would never know these spoons are biodegradable because they feel smooth and heavy-duty.
Along with the evaporating spoons, we offer eco-friendly cups! Printed with soy ink, which is just as eco-friendly as the paper it is printed on, but still has a very vibrant and colorful matte finish. Changing your supplies is one big step in your shop going green.
3. Encourage others to join you
Finally, you can encourage your customers and neighboring businesses to go green by offering special deals or being a place to drop off their compostable items. Becoming a resource for others builds a community effort to better the planet. You can also host events or workshops to educate your customers about eco-friendly living. By taking these steps, you will not only be helping the environment - you will also be building goodwill with your customers and neighbors!
I hope that this blog post has given you some ideas about how your small business can be more eco-friendly. Remember, even small changes can make a big difference! So get started today, and see how you can help make the world a better place.
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Written by: Olivia Hohl