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Let’s Challenge Ourselves On Sustainability!

Let’s Challenge Ourselves On Sustainability!

A banner made up of 3 images. Each is a flatlay of sustainable products: soap, toothbrushes and makeup laying with flowers and greenery.

We were recently asked by a company what they could do to be more sustainable. The question got us thinking, is it sustainable for a company to ask for input and suggestions without paying and/or crediting the suggester?

When sitting down to write this piece, I began to think more about our own business in relation to ethical and sustainable practice and challenged myself with questions like ‘but what MORE can you do?’ I have found this process helpful in identifying gaps within our own business and finding ways to work on them.

I also learned that not everybody has the same understanding of some of the options companies have to become greener. It turns out that not everybody has the same amount of time as I do to read every Instagram infographic going. (The perks of being near housebound with agoraphobia – well I suppose there should be some!)

Becoming a sustainable company is about more than just reducing waste, its about having a positive impact, both on people and planet. 

a bee sits on a white 'weed' type plant. the bee is in focus and in the background you can see lots of out of focus greenery

We were recently asked by a company what they could do to be more sustainable. The question got us thinking, is it sustainable for a company to ask for input and suggestions without paying and/or crediting the suggester?

When sitting down to write this piece, I began to think more about our own business in relation to ethical and sustainable practice and challenged myself with questions like ‘but what MORE can you do?’ I have found this process helpful in identifying gaps within our own business and finding ways to work on them.

I also learned that not everybody has the same understanding of some of the options companies have to become greener. It turns out that not everybody has the same amount of time as I do to read every Instagram infographic going. (The perks of being near housebound with agoraphobia – well I suppose there should be some!)

a bee sits on a white 'weed' type plant. the bee is in focus and in the background you can see lots of out of focus greenery

Becoming a sustainable company is about more than just reducing waste, its about having a positive impact, both on people and planet. 

For a business to be sustainable it cannot only take, it must be able to give back in return. Resources used should be replenished, economic growth shared and paid forward, and people valued and empowered.

For a business to be sustainable it cannot only take, it must be able to give back in return. Resources used should be replenished, economic growth shared and paid forward, and people valued and empowered.

a forest photographic shot, the low greenry is sillhoutted against low fog which looks dreamy.

One of the simplest ways to have an instant positive impact is to become carbon neutral. For businesses, this means offsetting any carbon emissions made by investing in ways to neutralise the carbon in the atmosphere, such as planting trees which take in carbon and release oxygen.

This of course, is only effective in hand with reducing as much of your carbon usage as possible first – otherwise it would be like spilling a drink in your kitchen and putting some kitchen roll down in the lounge. (By the way, you can buy an awesome kitchen roll alternative here).

If planting trees sounds like a great idea to you, you may find Ecologi, Trees For Life or Carbon Neutral Britain a great place to start, with an option for business and personal plans.

One of the simplest ways to have an instant positive impact is to become carbon neutral. For businesses, this means offsetting any carbon emissions made by investing in ways to neutralise the carbon in the atmosphere, such as planting trees which take in carbon and release oxygen.

This of course, is only effective in hand with reducing as much of your carbon usage as possible first – otherwise it would be like spilling a drink in your kitchen and putting some kitchen roll down in the lounge. (By the way, you can buy an awesome kitchen roll alternative here).

a forest photographic shot, the low greenry is sillhoutted against low fog which looks dreamy.

If planting trees sounds like a great idea to you, you may find Ecologi, Trees For Life or Carbon Neutral Britain a great place to start, with an option for business and personal plans. We’re currently looking at ways to fit tree planting into our High Street From Home which is really exciting!

Another way to become a greener brand is to look at B. Corporations – or indeed become one yourself.

We’re currently looking at ways to fit tree planting into our High Street From Home which is really exciting!

Another way to become a greener brand is to look at B. Corporations – or indeed become one yourself.

“Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.” – B Corportation UK
“Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.” – B Corportation UK

As well as the environmental factor, I am a big believer that for a business to be truly sustainable, they must also be able to sustain their workforce through fair and ethical employment.

When people are empowered through a fair wage, they are able to live a healthier life which in turn is more environmentally sound. As well as this, a brand cannot be planet friendly whilst causing harm to the people who live on it. Businesses must be actively anti-racist, anti-homophobic and anti-transphobic, anti-ablest and anti-sexist – they must be inclusive and accessible for all regardless of disability, race, gender, or sexuality. It is simply not enough to change your social media icons to a rainbow for a month and call it a day.

Great questions to challenge yourself on could be: Does your company track diversity in employment and management? As well as the green nature of suppliers, are you also evaluating the diversity within them too?

As well as the environmental factor, I am a big believer that for a business to be truly sustainable, they must also be able to sustain their workforce through fair and ethical employment.

When people are empowered through a fair wage, they are able to live a healthier life which in turn is more environmentally sound. As well as this, a brand cannot be planet friendly whilst causing harm to the people who live on it. Businesses must be actively anti-racist, anti-homophobic and anti-transphobic, anti-ablest and anti-sexist – they must be inclusive and accessible for all regardless of disability, race, gender, or sexuality. It is simply not enough to change your social media icons to a rainbow for a month and call it a day.

Great questions to challenge yourself on could be: Does your company track diversity in employment and management? As well as the green nature of suppliers, are you also evaluating the diversity within them too? Is diversity reflected in all levels of your team, or is it lacking in management? What steps do you take when an employee goes against your equality policy and how do you demonstrate that you will not tolerate hate? Do you pay your employees a wage on which your outgoings would be covered?

Is diversity reflected in all levels of your team, or is it lacking in management? What steps do you take when an employee goes against your equality policy and how do you demonstrate that you will not tolerate hate? Do you pay your employees a wage on which your outgoings would be covered?

So, what can you take from reading this blog today? I hope I’ve inspired you to find more sustainable ways of working. Putting in groundwork to build your business with consciousness is essential in today’s climate, but it is never too late to rework those areas which don’t align with sustainable practice. I have certainly inspired myself through challenging our own work. We should never fear asking ourselves questions, and I look forward to hearing from you about your sustainable business.

Do you like the images at the top of this page?

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Meet The Author: Abi Arnold-Michael She/Her

Meet The Author: Abi Arnold-Michael She/Her

Co Creator Of Esperanza

Abi Arnold-Michael is the joint creator of Esperanza.

Having grown up with a series of health problems, Abi has always created her own way. After renovating her first home, Abi who lives with her wife Emma, best friend Andy, and dog Tia, plans to move into a home large enough to adopt and foster children and animals. Abi currently creates flatlays for small businesses and her goal is to establish a more sustainable and ethical shopping experience by encouraging customers to shop locally and with independent businesses.

So, what can you take from reading this blog today? I hope I’ve inspired you to find more sustainable ways of working. Putting in groundwork to build your business with consciousness is essential in today’s climate, but it is never too late to rework those areas which don’t align with sustainable practice. I have certainly inspired myself through challenging our own work. We should never fear asking ourselves questions, and I look forward to hearing from you about your sustainable business.

Do you like the images at the top of this page?
They are taken by me – you can find me here:
Products photographed are from:
 
Meet The Author: Abi Arnold-Michael She/Her

Meet The Author: Abi Arnold-Michael She/Her

Co Creator Of Esperanza

Abi Arnold-Michael is the joint creator of Esperanza.

Having grown up with a series of health problems, Abi has always created her own way. After renovating her first home, Abi who lives with her wife Emma, best friend Andy, and dog Tia, plans to move into a home large enough to adopt and foster children and animals. Abi currently creates flatlays for small businesses and her goal is to establish a more sustainable and ethical shopping experience by encouraging customers to shop locally and with independent businesses.

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