Eight out of ten small business owners want to work more environmentally friendly – but don’t know how

The majority of SME owners believe it is important for their business to be considered sustainable – and are taking steps by recycling and using energy efficient equipment

Over a third of small businesses strive to recycle to be more sustainable
Over a third of small businesses strive to recycle to be more sustainable

Eight out of ten small business owners want to go green – but don’t know where to start.

A study of 500 UK SME owners found nine in ten (91%) believe it is important to be sustainable – but due to a lack of guidance (42%), efficient carbon footprint data (37%) and lack of time ( 37%) have problems. ).

Meanwhile, 83% think the government needs to do more to educate and support companies in their sustainability efforts.

Despite this, two-thirds (67%) currently have a strategy for their company – although more than half (56%) are reluctant to introduce a policy because they believe it is too late to reverse climate change.

But a confident 84% think their business is as eco-friendly as they say it is.

Some of the top ways companies try to be more sustainable are recycling waste (36%), using energy-efficient appliances (26%) and using eco-friendly cleaning products (26%).

The study, commissioned by leading UK climate protection brand Ecolog, found that many are also going paperless (27%) and investing in smart plugs (20%).

But three-quarters feel overwhelmed with how their organization can address climate change, and seven in ten don’t fully understand the terminology used, such as “net zero.”

Elliot Coad, CEO and co-founder of Ecolog, said: “It’s encouraging to see how many companies are already trying to make sustainable change – but so many are still confused by this and some even believe it’s too late to change anything .

“Our goal is to help businesses and individuals understand the steps they can take to become climate positive and enable them to tackle sustainability in a simple and accessible way through a monthly subscription.

“With collective action, the smallest changes can have a big impact.”

To help SMEs find out if they have what it takes to run an eco-friendly business, Ecolog created a quiz that highlights different environmental scenarios to show how they would fare.

The study also found that a third plan to make changes to improve the sustainability of their business within the next six months.

Almost three-quarters (72%) of owners think such initiatives make sense, and 85% said it’s important to them that their business is seen as sustainable.

One in five small business owners are also investing in smart outlets for the workplace


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Six in ten (61%) even market and promote their eco-friendliness.

But three in ten still admit their business should be more sustainable than it currently is, with 24% blaming the pandemic for getting in the way of their near-term plans.

Another fifth (22%) feel their plans have been hampered by supply chain issues, and recent energy and fuel price hikes are also a concern for almost two-thirds (63%).

SMB owners estimate that a quarter (26%) of their revenue is spent on green initiatives, and one in three believe they are personally driving change at their company.

But they’re not doing it alone – 22% of companies have a dedicated chief sustainability officer, with eight in ten admitting that younger employees place more importance on such measures.

And when compared to their personal lives, a quarter (24%) of respondents via OnePoll admitted they are more sustainable at home than at work – 40% have installed solar panels and 28% are switching to a renewable energy provider.

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