As people are waking up the increasing need for conscious stewardship of the environment, the world and market is becoming more supportive and encouraging as companies seek to make changes that could positively impact the world for generations to come.
As a company, sometimes is can be difficult to know where to start. Fortunately there are many resources available to help support and encourage those companies that are looking to make the positive transition towards being more ecologically friendly and conscious.
1. United States Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is your primary connection point for all matters of environment conservation and eco-friendly guidelines. Found at epa.gov, their mission is to protect human health and the environment. They work to ensure that all Americans are protected from significant risks posted to their health in the environment. They raise efforts to reduce environmental risk perpetuated by inadequate factory practices. They work to uphold federal laws that protect human health and enforce the protection of the environment.
2. Container Exchanger
Found at containerexchanger.com, this organization creates recyclable packaging and brokering services for manufacturing companies that are conscious about the environment and to costs as well. They are dedicated to the selling and reselling of reusable packaging and containers. At the Container Exchanger you can find folding bulk containers, industrial totes, metal storage bins and more that are used over and over repeatedly within the facility or between the supplier and the customer.
Accion works to provide green business resources by doing things like helping companies make decisions regarding operations, purchasing products and company practices and lifestyle that will ensure profit alongside benefiting the environment and people in it.
Accion helps entrepreneurs get started in utilizing effective eco-friendly products, energy saving operations and practices into their business operations in order to help promote environmentally conscious business operations.
4. U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA, or Small Business Administration, is an online source for all matters pertaining small businesses and business operations. With the ever-increasing shift towards environmentally conscious business practices, eco-friendly products are becoming big business. Environmentally focused entrepreneurs are at the perfect point in time to begin implementing their ideas for eco-friendly businesses, as support is strong and widespread.
You’ll find many resources available for business on their website, sba.gov
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, or NCDENR, is a resource for small companies working to maintain environmentally responsible business practices. The facilitate education on environmental permitting and compliance with existing environmental safeguard regulations and work alongside businesses to help them find the best solutions for their business, their customers, their bottom line and the larger community and environment to which they belong.
The NCDEAR provides assistance with recycling and waste reduction, environmental technical and permit assistance with local governments, businesses and people as well as with other industry types. They also provide free onsite energy and water use audits. They act as an advocate for small businesses and encourage the continued improvement of environmental performance.
These are just a few of the many resources available to companies and small businesses looking to continue or transition into better environmentally responsible practices and actions.
No company has to go it alone.