5 SIMPLE Ways To Make Your Business More Sustainable

Ariel Canie | June 9, 2022 | 5 min read

5 Simple Strategies to become a Sustainable Business

As businesses and consumers are becoming more aware of their environmental impact, we've noticed a growing interest in sustainability in business. All companies, regardless of their size or annual income, can make simple sustainable swaps to improve their environmental footprint. From product materials and packaging to suppliers and distribution, there are endless opportunities to make your business or workplace more sustainable. 

Before getting into our tips to green up your business, let's clarify what is sustainability in business? According to Harvard Business School, sustainability in business means doing business without negatively impacting the environment, community, or society as a whole — and it addressing at least one of two main categories below:

  • The effect business has on the environment
  • The effect business has on society

When companies don't assume responsibility for as to their environmental and societal impact, the opposite can happen, leading to issues like environmental degradation, inequality, and social injustice. That said, when it comes to implementing sustainability in your business, don't let perfect be the enemy of the good: do what you can with the resources you have today, and seek to incorporate sustainability practices into your business model.

Here Are 5 Easy Ways To Make Your Business More Sustainable:

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1. Set Long-Term Goals And Make A Plan 

As the quote goes: a goal without a plan is just a wish. Conduct the business eco-audit as part of your sustainability strategy and review your current environmental impact with a fine-toothed comb, noting the areas where your business can improve. Make a long-term plan for your business or employer to utilize more sustainable business practices that will help reduce your impact moving forward. From switching to recycled paper or packaging to reevaluating your supply chain and product manufacturers, there's always room for improvement!

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2. Get Your Employees Involved

There’s strength in numbers, and the more people that are on board with your sustainability goals, the better! Get your employees involved by making them aware of your long-term sustainability goals and encouraging them to do their part to support them. From appointing a sustainability manager to implementing remote work days, incentivizing eco-friendly habits or even holding your own tree planting event, working together with your employees will help you achieve (or exceed) your sustainability goals!

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3. Work With Green Businesses 

It’s easy to get lost in the entrepreneurial shuffle and forget about the businesses that your own organization supports on a daily basis. Wherever possible, consider sustainable alternatives: can you source a local supplier, switch to an eco-friendly manufacturer or use renewable energy? What about simply using green cleaning products or compostable packaging? All of the little things make a difference, and while these swaps may seem small, they can add up to significant impact over time.


4. Reduce Company Waste

We know that composting and recycling are great habits to implement in the workplace, but what about overall waste reduction? Reduce the amount of waste your business produces by cutting out paper mailers, donating excess food, offering sustainable swag, removing single-use items and communicating your waste goals with your employees and suppliers to make sure that you’re all on the same page. 


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5. Join Our One-For-One Program

Joining our One-for-One program is a simple way to green up your business and plant trees around the world! You can plant one tree for every product or service sold, donate a percentage of sales, set up a recurring donation or tie tree planting into your social media campaigns. Your business can also sponsor a tree planting event for local schools and communities. Join our roster of fantastic business partners that are changing the world, one tree at a time!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. This project is currently supporting AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Initiative. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Provide jobs to minimize poverty in local communities
  • Improve climate change resilience & mitigation
  • Restore forest cover to improve food security
  • Africa is home to the world's second-largest tropical rainforest. The Congo Basin is home to 60% of the continent's biodiversity. However, unfortunately, Africa is alarmingly at risk due to the current deforestation rate - which is 4 times the global deforestation rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of its local communities, but it also affects the planet as a whole.
    Thanks to AFR100, Africa is on a mission to reverse these trends and restore 100 million hectares of land by 2030. This country-led effort will bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. This initiative aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation and combat rural poverty. This includes 32 participating countries in Africa, along with local communities, national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.
  • Planting trees in Africa reaps multiple benefits! Notably, reforestation here will help to add nutrients to the soil and control erosion, minimize poverty within local communities through the creation of jobs, and improve food security by feeding impoverished families through the planting of fruit trees. Ultimately, added forest cover in this region will diminish pressure on remaining forests, allowing for biodiversity to flourish and ultimately helping with the global climate crisis.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • We will plant an array of indigenous tree species throughout Africa, such as Senegalia polyacantha, Faidherbia albida, Albizia adianthifolia, Persea americana, Calliandra calothyrsus, Macadamia spp., shea, and mahogany. Fruit trees will also be planted, which include mango, orange, tangerine, avocado, apple, guava, and Brazil nut.

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