I was always brought up to believe as a child that ‘waste not want not’. For example: in South Africa (where I am from) you are very aware of how precious water is so you do not leave a tap running (while washing dishes, while brushing teeth, etc) because you never know when a drought is going hit. Also, at the dinner table…you never leave anything on your plate (because there are starving people all over the world and you do not waste food).
So, when I saw this ‘green-collar’ term being used, I was interested to read how this was infiltrating into the world of franchising.
As slightly predictable (at least in the UK), it seems the property market is being targetted as the ‘industry’ of choice when it comes to choosing a franchise business that is eco-friendly. The ones I could find are based on:
- Eco-friendly property maintenance/home improvement
- Improving air quality in the home
- Enery efficiency reporting for properties
I’m sure there are more! I know of some children’s franchises that are aimed at the eco-market which are fabulous and are really just bringing things back down to the good old days when we used to just use what was lying around the house; keep using items until they were broken or worn out before buying a new one; etc.
I would be really interested to hear more about the evolution of green-collar franchises and hope that they will be both genuinely eco-minded and ethical in the structure of their business models.
How could you bring in some eco-ways to operate your business? Well, here are a few of my suggestions – take from them what you will and if you are doing some that I haven’t mentioned, please do drop me a comment and let me know!
- Only have staff come in on certain days (work from home on other days) – save on petrol/carbon emmissions
- Recycle everything that you can in your office (paper, cardboard, tins, printer cartridges, etc)
- Buy recycled goods (e.g. paper, folders, etc)
- Hold virtual meetings with national staff (avoid long travel and staying in hotels)
- Re-use folders (lever arch files) from one year to the next
- Use a server host who has eco-friendly systems
- Try to keep as much written communication saved on your harddrives (less printing) as possible
If more and more franchisors could incorporate a green ethos within the modelling of their franchise offerings imagine what a difference that could make in growing businesses for the future. Wouldn’t it be great if it almost became a STANDARD in all franchised businesses?