Energy use and climate change, deforestation, pollution, wasting resources – these are just a few of the many ways that human beings are damaging the environment. In recent years people have become more aware of this, and many businesses are making big efforts to reduce the impact that their enterprises have on the environment.
Here are some top tips on how to make your business more environmentally friendly…
Use recycled materials for your enterprise! – You can recycle paper, card, plastic, metals or wood. Last year, many of our school enterprises used recycled materials to create new products!
Use and produce organic products – Avoid using non-organic fertilizers on your garden – some fertilizer can have very bad effects on the environment.
Reduce the energy that you use to power your business – Don’t use any more energy than you have to – you can also try to use renewable energy, like solar power. This will help the environment and save you money!
Stay sustainable! – Try to make sure the resources that you’re using are sustainable, or can be replaces. For example, if you have to cut down trees for your enterprise, make sure you plant more.
Our ‘Planet’ Prize recognises the school enterprise which makes the most effort to look out for the environment – we award $2500 to the school enterprise that meets the following criteria most effectively…
- Solves an environmental problem – find an environmental problem in your area andcreate a business that solves this problem
- Makes its business environmentally friendly – make sure that the running of the business does not have any harmful effects on the local environment.
- Uses its profits to help the environment – give some of your profits to a local environmental cause of charity
‘Planet’ Prize Winners – Ilowala Secondary School, Tanzania
lowala Secondary School from Njombe Region in Tanzania launched a beekeeping enterprise producing organic honey. As they did not have the funds available to purchase new beehives, they used recycled timber from the schools construction project!
Beekeeping helps the environment by organically enhancing crop production in neighbouring farms. Beekeeping it increases insect pollination and is a really great way support the ecosystem in your local environment.
What’s more, this also discouraged farmers from destroying neighbouring forests and damaging the habitat of the many animals that live there.
So, always think about the environment when you’re planning your business! Environmental awareness is important for your local community and the whole planet – it will also save you money, and you could even win our $2500 ‘Planet’ Prize!