Small Steps, Big Impact- 3 Easy Ways Your Small Business Can Be More Sustainable this Earth Day

Small Steps, Big Impact- 3 Easy Ways Your Small Business Can Be More Sustainable this Earth Day

April 22, 2024 By: Niyati Budhiraja Calculating time...

Happy Earth Day!It's the perfect opportunity for your small business to show our planet a little extra love by implementing a few simple changes that will have a big impact on our planet and potentially your bottom line.

Studies show1 that the majority of Canadian shoppers prefer brands and businesses that keep the planet in mind.

  •    84% of customers say that poor environmental practices will alienate them from a brand or company. 

  •    62% of people say they “always or often” seek products to purchase because they are sustainable.

  •    55% of consumers are willing to pay more for eco-friendly brands.

How Your Small Business Can Be Sustainable This Earth Day

Sustainable practices reduce environmental impact and appeal to environmentally conscious consumers. Small businesses that prioritize sustainability can enhance their reputation, attract new customers, and foster long-term loyalty with their brand. Additionally, government regulations and consumer demand for eco-friendly products are driving businesses to adopt more sustainable practices2.

If you haven’t already, why not start now? Embrace the power of technology to reduce your environmental footprint.

3 Easy Ways Your Small Business Can Go Green, Starting Today

1) Switch to environmentally friendly paper rolls: 

How Your Small Business Can Be Sustainable This Earth Day

If your business prints paper receipts, one easy change you can make is to switch the paper you use in your debit machines. Moneris offers environmentally friendly paper rolls made without harmful phenol chemicals. These paper rolls help reduce waste and promote sustainability in retail operations across the countrySay goodbye to traditional paper rolls and hello to a greener, more eco-friendly alternative that's better for the planet and your employees.

2) Encourage paperless transactions:

How Your Small Business Can Be Sustainable This Earth Day

Switch to digital invoicing and billing to cut down on paper usage. Not only will this save trees, but it'll also streamline your processes and save you time and money in the long run. Moneris Go and Moneris Go Plus terminals allow users to email themselves their receipts instead of printing them. This means fewer trips to the printer and less clutter in your workspace.

3) Offer eGift Cards

How Your Small Business Can Be Sustainable This Earth Day

Say goodbye to plastic waste and hello to eGift cardsa convenient and eco-friendly digital alternative that's perfect for Earth-conscious consumers. Moneris eGift cards can be redeemed online or in-store. Your customers can customize their designs, add personalized messages, and send them digitally to their loved ones via text or email in real time. It's perfect for any holiday or occasion and minimizes your environmental footprint.

Here’s why Canadians want to support sustainable small businesses

Canadian shoppers prioritize sustainability. By choosing sustainable brands, customers feel good about their purchases, knowing they are supporting businesses that are committed to minimizing their environmental footprint. 

Sustainable products are also often perceived as higher quality and healthier, further driving consumer demand. Here are four key reasons Canadians are going green when it comes to supporting small businesses:

Environmental concern: Canadians are very concerned about the environment and climate changeSurveys show that 8 in 10 Canadians value a sustainable lifestyle, and many feel a moral obligation to use eco-friendly products3.

How Your Small Business Can Be Sustainable This Earth Day

Desire to make a positive impact: Many Canadians want to feel like they're making a positive difference with their purchasing decisions. Sustainable brands align with their values and allow them to contribute to a healthier planet.

Shift in mindset post-pandemic: The pandemic seems to have refocused Canadians on responsible consumption. They're more willing to pay a premium for sustainable products and look to brands to be leaders in environmental action4.

Need for guidance: Interestingly, many Canadians report feeling unsure about how to reduce their environmental impact. Sustainable brands can help them navigate this by offering clear, eco-friendly options5.

As we celebrate Earth Day, Moneris is encouraging our merchants to take small steps to offer customers more sustainable payment options. Earth Day isn't just about planting trees and picking up litter—it's a reminder of the collective responsibility we all share to safeguard our environment. By embracing eco-friendly initiatives like digital gift cards, paperless solutions, and environmentally friendly paper rolls, businesses can make a positive impact on the planet while meeting the demands of environmentally conscious consumers. Together, we can build a more sustainable future for generations to come. 

Happy Earth Month!


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