The Huffington Post | By Alicia Ciccone Posted: 04/19/2012 12:00 pm Updated: 04/19/2012 12:00 pm
With Earth Day approaching, on April 22, a new survey shows that the majority of small businesses are trying to go greener.
The survey by Office Depot found that 61 percent of small businesses say they are stepping up their eco-friendly efforts.
The poll of more than 1,000 small and medium sized businesses showed that 70 percent are planning to green up their operations within the next two years. While most companies (82 percent) are decreasing their footprint by recycling, 61 percent are investing in energy-efficient products, 43 percent are using non-toxic products and 39 percent are reducing water usage.
While many companies are interested in incorporating green processes and products, 39 percent said they are being held back by cost concerns and 21 percent claim a lack of options.
Topping the wish list of products that businesses would like to be greener:
- Ink and toner cartridges (60 percent)
- Paper products (55 percent)
- Cleaning chemicals (53 percent)
- Electronics (35 percent)
- Writing instruments (23 percent)
- Desk accessories (18 percent)
- Furniture (16 percent)