Guiding small business to become part of the global green movement is the aim of a brochure released by Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk.
“We do it at home, we expect government and big business to do, it is now time for small business to do their bit as well,” Ms Quirk said.
“The ‘Guide to Achieving a Green Bottom Line’ gives small businesses suggestions for making simple changes which will not only help the planet, but improve profitability.
“There are more than 186,000 small businesses in Western Australia - imagine the impact if each of them reduced their consumption and increased recycling.
“Office equipment, computers, monitors, fax machines and printers spend a lot of time idle. All this standby time is estimated to account for as much as one per cent of global greenhouse emissions.
“Heating and cooling accounts for up to 70 per cent of energy costs. An adjustment of just one degree will save small business money.
“Wherever I go, people want to know and do more for the environment.
“The guide offers ideas and directions to a number of websites that small business can and should access. There are solutions out there and we want to give small business a hand to find them.
“There is also a competitive advantage in adopting and promoting green business practices because consumers are making buying decisions based on businesses’ green credentials.
“Best of all, small business will be making its contribution towards a better environment for future generations.”
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