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I’m always looking for small and simple ways to be more sustainable. From using reusable cups to reducing my meat consumption, there are lots of changes we can make in our daily lives to make the world a better place. Even better, we can do our bit while we run our businesses, too! Here are my top ways to work greener:

Sustainable searching

Ecosia is a search engine with a conscience. Founded by Christian Kroll from Germany in 2009, Ecosia uses search engine ad revenue to plant trees, so when you use their search portal, you’re actually removing CO2 from the atmosphere. At the time of writing, Ecosia has planted nearly 63 million trees!

They say “We work together to create tools that empower everyone to easily do good by planting trees. We believe our trees have the power to make this world a better place for everyone in it.”

You can find out more here.

Eco-friendly web hosting

The carbon footprint of the internet is pretty huge. The electricity needed to power data centres along with the air conditioning used to keep them cool now accounts for 2% of total greenhouse emissions, and this is set to triple in the next decade.

A great way to reduce your impact is to use a server that runs on renewable energy. I’ve used Make Hay Green Hosting to power Cocoon’s website and I’ve had a great experience! Their hosting servers, routers and cooling systems are all powered by a renewable energy source purchased from wind farms.

You can find out more here.

Energy usage apps

Running a business requires a lot of power – from desktops to laptops, printers and scanners, phone chargers, landlines, the list goes on! One way to work greener is to use energy usage apps like Awaju to help monitor and reduce your energy consumption in a fun way.

You can find out more here.

Give when you buy

It’s pretty likely that if you’re running a business, you’ve ordered something from Amazon. Whether it’s ink cartridges, desk organisers, notebooks, pens – you name it, they’ve got it!

A great way to give back when you buy is to use AmazonSmile. When you use AmazonSmile, the company donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice. I’m currently supporting WWF with my purchases, but there are hundreds of options to choose from.

You can find out more here.

What are you doing to make your business more sustainable?