Even if you have just started taking small steps and you do anything on the list below, get on the directory and get seen.
Why list your business?
Sure, it's a nice thing to do, but it's also a good for business:
- A new place to be found on the web and improve your SEO.
- The share buttons to Facebook and Twitter expose your business to new audiences.
- Customers tend to be loyal to more sustainable businesses.
- Many people prefer to work for businesses that have a social commitment.
- It’s an easy, authentic corporate social responsibility strategy.
- It's free.
Add an image and your logo and you will have a page in minutes. Then add links to your website and social media to drive traffic to your business. Here are some example pages. For a limited period, we will create your page for you – send your web and/or social media addresses and we will set that up ready for you to publish. If you have multiple businesses, you can list them under a single login.
Do any one or more of these and you are in:
Recycle as much materials as we can that is used by our business
Where practical we choose products and produce with least amount of packaging to be used in the running of our business. And we use alternatives to plastics where we can.
Use local products whenever practical.
Fully or partially power our business through renewable energy sources.
Market the business online to avoid paper wastage
Use energy and water saving technology in our facilities, for example, LED lighting and low flow shower roses.
Turn off all non-essential powered items when not in use
Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
Staff are trained and informed in recycling, waste minimisation and energy efficiency - it is part of our culture to be mindful of the environment.
Collaborate and/or support local environmental groups.
Encourage employees to use low-impact travel options to get to work (e.g. public transport, bicycles or walking)
Sell, use or promote ethically sourced and sustainable products.
Provide non-plastic drinking straws or reusable drinking straws in our food outlets.
Provide non-plastic cutlery and/or plates for take aways.
Use non plastic fully compostable lids and cups for take aways.
Use non-plastic, non-polystyrene/Styrofoam take-away containers.
We do not buy water in plastic bottles.
Use hybrid or electric cars.
Offset our carbon emissions.
Compost food waste.
When travelling we prefer hotels listed on Sustainable Social - if none listed in the area we suggest they consider that.
Support or sponsor local community efforts to improve environmental sustainability
Allow a staff member one/x hours per week/year, in work time, to volunteer for Sustainable Social or other environmental organisation.
Often add general posts, like I would to Facebook, to Sustainable Social page, so we all see sustainability as part of our daily lives rather than something special.
Donate a percentage of profits to an sustainability focused charity.