Brand my company sustainable

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Is my company green?

You’re operating from a paperless office, a recycling pro and delivering your goods by green means. We know you’re an awesome eco-warrior, but do your customers? This 3 part guide is here to help you communicate just that.

But first off, let’s assess the damage. How green are you and your company? Take this quick quiz to find out.

Do you?….

1. Switch off the light whenever you’re the last to leave a room ?

a) Never
b) Sometimes
c) Always

2. Wait until you have a full load to wash rather than use the machine for just a few items?

a) Never
b) Sometimes
c) Always

3. Give old clothes, furniture and unwanted household items to charity/recycling rather than put in the bin?

a) Never
b) Sometimes
c) Always

4. Buy recycled or Fairtrade products when possible – such as computer paper, notebooks, clothing, tea, coffee, fruit etc?

a) Never
b) Sometimes
c) Always

5. Walk instead of drive when you pop to the local shop, take children to the park, parties etc ?

a) Never
b) Sometimes
c) Always

Add Up Your Score

2 points for each Always answer
1 point for each Sometimes answer
0 point for each Never answer

8-10

You eco-superstar you. You’re being considerate of our planet in your day to day activities, well done. Don’t worry though, we know you’ll want to know how you can do more. Read our 5 tips to find out how.

5-7

Close, but no e-cigar. There is definitely more you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

0-4

There is serious room for improvement, read on or suffer the end of the world. Literally.


How can I make my company greener?

Here are 5 tips on how you can reduce your carbon footprint and perhaps your conscience.

  1. Invest in tech

Technology is making paper a thing of the past. Next time you go to print a presentation for a meeting, ask yourself whether sending PDF slides will suffice. Ah, but what about signing contracts!? Under UK law you can sign legal binding documents using an e-signature. Use software like DocuSign or keep costs down by using the free Preview app, available with every Apple Mac.

  1. Encourage cycling

We know cycling is a personal choice, and not something you can ask of your employees. But you can encourage it. Try finding a secure place to lock away bikes during the day near your office. Or perhaps organise group cycling in the morning/lunch times. Cycling has no CO2 emissions and it a great fast way to get round the city, not to mention an awesome way to keep fit!

  1.  Have a light bulb moment

Changing your lightbulbs to LED technology can help save the planet, and your electricity bill. Try beautiful and affordable lights from Tala LED.

  1. Recycle

Sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed to know that only 44% of household waste is recycled. And that’s down from 50% in 2014. Having a recycling facilities located around the office instead of just in the kitchen could increase the amount recycled considerably.

  1. And finally, change how you think

This is probably the easiest, yet most effective way to be greener. When choosing a new service or product, go for the more sustainable option. Or even better, ask yourself “Do I really need this?”. There are eco alternatives to traditional services popping up everywhere, have a google or come to our meet up to find out how easy it is to be sustainable. More details in the below.

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