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Our tips for being a greener business

Nowadays, companies are trying by all means to put in place actions to make their activities more environmentally friendly. Whether by giving back to a cause or by modifying their production line to reduce their ecological footprint, everyone now sees the need to make this green shift. Any big change necessarily begins with small, concrete actions every day. Thus, CapTen presents 6 simple and inexpensive tips to reduce your company’s ecological footprint on a daily basis.

1. Green web hosting
According to the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, servers located all over the world are responsible for a quarter of the CO2 emitted in the digital domain. The Internet runs on servers that use an enormous amount of electricity. The production of this electricity requires a large amount of energy that can contribute to environmental concerns. It is therefore important to prioritize hosting that uses servers based on the production of clean energy such as hydroelectricity, solar energy or wind energy that does not produce any CO2. At CapTen, we use the GreenGeek hosting platform. This platform was designed to avoid wasting resources by maximizing the use of renewable energy. In addition, for every amperage drawn from the grid, GreenGeeks provides three times as much renewable energy through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

Source : GreenGeeks Web Hosting

2. Paper
Fewer and fewer companies are promoting the use of paper, but some are still slow to comply. Rather than sending paper coupons in the mail, these companies could simply make them available on the web. Rather than printing paper invoices that will likely end up being thrown away, why not email the receipts instead? Of course, perhaps in some cases it is simply not possible to completely eliminate the use of paper. Therefore, the use of biodegradable or recycled paper should be prioritized in order to reduce their ecological footprint.
3. Emails
Emails require a lot of storage space on servers. The more a server is used, the more energy it will require. Reducing the amount of email sent is an effective way to reduce your environmental footprint. As a consumer, it may also be a good idea to keep your email box in order, especially by deleting emails that are several years old. Emails with attachments require even more storage space. Delete them once you no longer need them. Finally, empty your trash regularly.
4. Overpackaging
As a company, avoid overpacking orders that are shipped via the post. Not only is the packaging itself very polluting, but the additional weight will burn more fuel during its transportation. Above all, avoiding plastic packaging are excellent ways to reduce its environmental footprint and contribute to gaining a greener reputation among its consumers. It also allows you to save money.
5. Teleworking
If it is possible for your employees to work from home, even if only occasionally, you will help reduce your company’s environmental footprint by using less energy in the office. In addition, your employees will not have to drive back and forth to work, which will help reduce the amount of gas released into the atmosphere.
6. Natural light
Whether you work in a closed office, in an open space or at home, make sure your windows are not obstructed so that you can use as little artificial light and heat as possible. Not only is this more environmentally friendly, but it will also save you a lot of money on your electricity bill.
As you can see, it’s not necessarily difficult or expensive to take the first step in making your business more environmentally friendly. Any big change starts with taking small, concrete actions in the right direction.

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