Simply updating lighting in your office or retail space can have a massive impact on energy consumption.
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For you, I will appeal to another motivation: your bottom line. Having an environmental strategy for your business can actually save you money in energy costs , and potentially qualify you for tax breaks and government funding and incentive programs. Speaking your language now? In this post, we'll dive into quick, green ways to level up in four areas of your business.
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Plus, get inspired by 18 Shopify stores racking up some serious good karma:. When choosing a product to sell , there are other questions to ask yourself in addition to market fit and current trends: can it be produced using sustainable or recycled materials?
Can you source ingredients that are organic or cruelty-free? Yoloha Yoga mats are made from cork: a natural, renewable, and recyclable material obtained through a sustainable harvesting method. The trees are stripped by hand every 9 years, rather than cut down.
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Its pure plant-based ingredients are literally good enough to eat. Dick Moby sunnies are produced using recycled acetate, and the microfibre cleaning cloths from recycled PET bottles. Jake is a former firefighter and founder of Recycled Firefighter. His company repurposes retired fire hoses into durable accessories, AND donates a portion of proceeds to support burn victims.
Consider working directly with factories to stay connected to the conditions and wages, empower communities by working with fair trade co-ops, and support small family producers. Helm Boots are made proudly in the US, and as a bonus, Helm will re-sole your boots, keeping them out of the landfill for life.
Ethnotek Bags sustain employment in hand printing, weaving, and embroidery with partnering artisan villages in Ghana. All products are made from real food, produced by real people.
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As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, From the Earth partners with small workplaces around the world that provide safe work environments and pay fair wages. This is an area full of low-effort wins for businesses looking to rack up some green karma quickly and cheaply. Some of it may even cut your overhead. How is your office or warehouse lit and heated?
Can you swap out wasteful packaging materials for PCW alternatives? Buy some Nice Laundry socks and send back your old ones! The company works with 2ReWear Inc.
Natural cleaning and beauty product company, Common Good is cutting back on plastics by offering a refill program at several locations across Canada and the US. Maybe your manufacturing and shipping methods are rigidly anti-planet. Consider donating back to causes close to your heart or purchasing carbon offsets.
Little gum, big impact. Project 7 works with non-profit partners to support seven areas of need with each sale of a pack of their gum. Avenue Fair Trade employs talented artisans with disabilities, providing vocational and skill development opportunities.
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