Eco-friendly

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Choosing an eco-friendly company

Taking part to reduce the carbon footprint

The earth is the only place where we can live. Therefore, the track record of a company's eco-friendliness is very important. But how can you tell if a company implements an eco-friendly approach to their manufacturing process and their products? Read more to know the sure signs of a company that is eco-friendly.

Utilise existing materials

 

An eco-friendly company will be open about their waste management. How do they manage their waste? Do they reuse it in their products or do they regulate it in another way? Usually, an eco-friendly company will have its' own 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) management.

Scan for trusted certifications

 

Worldwide trusted certification is one way to see if a company has complied to a set of an environmental management system. You can find some logo on their packaging such as non-GMO or Free Trade, but a very surefire sign is to see if the company has a certificate in the ISO 14000 family, especially ISO 14001.

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. This system helps organisations to identify, manage, and control their environmental issues in a holistic manner. A company is certified with ISO 14001 if it has successfully considered all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change adaptation, and resource use.

Companies who work together with ISO 14001 holders will achieve strategic business objectives by incorporating environmental issues to business management, gaining more financial advantage through improved efficiencies, and better environmental performance by suppliers.

Google goes a long way

 

Find out more about the company through a simple Google search. Besides information gained from their official website or corporate pages, look for news about the company in different news portals or other third-party websites. Have they recently received an award? Do they have a partnership with other eco-friendly companies or are they a member of an association known for sustainability or social responsibility?

Those are the three main signs before you choose to work with an eco-friendly company or to use their products. Choosing an environmentally friendly company as a partner for your business is not only a responsible choice for the earth, it can also bring more benefit to your company.

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