There is a common assumption that for a business to become sustainable they have to spend a lot of money. This assumption is backed by the constant stream of stories in the news about well known big businesses spending large sums of money in order to achieve sustainability. But what you mustn’t forget is that most big businesses have the capital to pay for installing things such as solar panels and wind turbines. So the question we must ask is – where does this leave small businesses that don’t have the economic resources? Can they achieve sustainability as well?

The answer to the last question is yes. Becoming sustainable doesn’t have to be a costly affair at all, meaning that small businesses can easily achieve sustainability. The only difference is that small businesses have to concentrate on small changes they can make, that will make a big difference in terms of sustainability.

If you are looking for ideas, or have been stuck for ideas, on frugal ways to turn your small business sustainable you have come to the right place. As here are 7 ideas that you can use in order to make your small business become more sustainable.

Windows > Aircon

It sometimes feels like people have forgotten about the good old fashioned window. On hot days in the office instead of opening up the windows people tend to rush straight to the aircon unit to turn it up. For a small business the cost of running an aircon unit can easily eat into your profit margins.

Instead on a hot day, what you should do is open the windows first in order to allow some fresh air in. You will be amazed at the results. Only if there is no breeze at all and opening the windows doesn’t make a difference should you begin using the aircon.

Use Natural Lighting As Much As Possible

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The number of times that I have walked into an office and seen all the blinds shut and all the lights turned on even when it is light outside is simply unbelievable. All businesses should utilize all the natural light that they can get. There is nothing hard about opening the blinds and it will save so much money on energy bills in the long run.

Printing Double Sided

Nobody really knows why one sided printing is the norm. But what we do know is that printing on one side sure does waste a lot of paper. By printing double sided ,when possible, you can save almost half the paper that you would usually use.

Reusable Coffee Filters

Most businesses have a coffee machine and it is probably one of the most used machines in the business. But throwing away the coffee filters after each use generates a lot of waste. Instead you should opt for reusable filters as less waste will be produced as a result.


Supply Some Glasses

Supplying people with glasses prevents them from having to bring in disposable bottles to contain their water that may be thrown away at the end of the day. Doing this is an easy step to make and over the course of the year will prevent a lot of waste going to landfill.

Turning Things Off At The Plug

This is a staple piece of advice that you have probably heard many times before. The reason that you keep hearing it is because people still aren’t doing it. At the end of the working day you should make sure that everything is turned off at the plug. There is no need to have things on standby overnight as no one will be using it. It will also save you a lot in energy costs.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

This is an easy thing to implement. All you need to do is recycle anything that can be recycled. You should always check the labels of things to see if they can be recycled or not before you choose to throw them in the bin.