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Why Reducing your Carbon Footprint is a Breath of Fresh Air

From introducing colour-coded recycling bins, to making the switch to environmentally-friendly cleaning products, there are lots of things your business can do to reduce its carbon footprint. But, naturally, you may be thinking: where can I begin?

In 2014, the aptly titled Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change identified that the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations, over the past 100 years, has predominantly been caused by humans. So, the time to act with reducing your businesses’ carbon footprint is now.

Why Reducing Your Carbon Footprint is a Breath of Fresh Air

We have previously conducted a survey around the topic of environmentally-friendly workplaces, in which we found that well over a third (41%) of the people believed that their workplaces are ‘moderately’ environmentally conscious, and more than one in ten (12%) believed theirs to be ‘largely’ so. That means that over half of people work in ‘green’ businesses that are conscious of their impact on the environment – but clearly, other businesses still have work to do.

In this blog post, we’re going to discuss the benefits of reducing your carbon footprint, and easy ways to begin doing so. We will also share an exciting new carbon-neutral washroom product that any business can use to take another step towards making that carbon footprint smaller.


What is a carbon footprint?


We hear the term ‘carbon footprint’ often, but what does it actually mean? Well it starts with global warming, which is primarily the problem of having too much carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. This comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil or gas.

Your carbon footprint, however, refers to the CO2 emissions you’re personally responsible for. For example, the emissions created by your delivery trucks, or through heating your home or business. Carbon Footprint Ltd has produced a carbon footprint calculator that individuals and small businesses can use to assess their current output:

The reason why reducing your businesses’ carbon footprint is so important is because businesses are responsible for such a large proportion of carbon emissions. In fact, 71% of all global emissions are sourced from just 100 companies. But, as well as this, saving energy also means cutting costs and becoming more efficient.


What is ‘carbon neutral’?


Being ‘carbon neutral’ is all about changing your actions to reduce your carbon footprint, with the end result of having no net release of carbon dioxide.

Carbon offsetting is a way to reduce the emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere. This helps to combat global climate change and, in many instances, provides employment, health improvement, biodiversity and broad social benefits to impoverished communities.


What can I do to reduce my carbon footprint?


The good news is making a start on reducing your businesses’ carbon footprint is surprisingly easy, and you’ll begin to reap the rewards in no time.

Just a handful of simple steps that you can take to reduce your carbon footprint include:

  • Reducing paper wastage, including printer paper and toilet paper
  • Using video conferencing, as opposed to travelling for meetings
  • Keeping your businesses’ offices well-insulated to reduce heat waste
  • Moving to an energy supplier using renewable sources
  • Always switching off lights and equipment when not in use
  • Introducing recycling facilities to responsibly dispose of waste
  • Encouraging and incentivising your staff to use public or shared transport
  • Using low-emissions vehicles for deliveries
  • Purchasing carbon-neutral, or low-carbon products for use in your business

Thanks to innovative companies such as Vectair, choosing carbon-neutral products can extend through all areas of your business – even including the air care products that you use in your offices and washroom areas.

Vectair, having achieved a Green Apple environment award, have gone a step further with their innovative and environmentally savvy products, and introduced a certifiably carbon neutral air freshener. The V-Air SOLID offers the most environmentally-friendly air care solution possible, and both the dispenser and refill are approved to the latest 2017 Carbon Footprint Standard.

The V-Air Solid is available in Ocean, Cool Mint, Apple Orchard, Citrus Mango and Cucumber Melon scents, and thanks to the multi-phasing fragrance technology, the scents ‘evolve’ over their life cycle which avoids ‘olfactory fatigue’. Use your choice of these carbon neutral products with the wall mounted dispenser to bring an environmentally friendly breath of fresh air to your business!

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Concentrating on your carbon emissions, not only within your business but also along your supply chain, makes a broad impact on your business and its ‘harmony’ with the environment. So, what are you waiting for? Make a start today, to make a change for tomorrow.

We hope you’ve found this blog on reducing your carbon footprint useful, and that you’re feeling inspired by the easy and innovative ways your business can reduce carbon emissions.

Thanks to Vectair and their V-Air SOLID range, we have two Hotel Chocolat Family Hampers, worth £50 each to give away in November! To be in with a chance of winning, follow the instructions on the app below. You can earn up to three additional entries when you share your ways of reducing your carbon footprint with us in the comments on this blog post!

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34 thoughts on “Why Reducing your Carbon Footprint is a Breath of Fresh Air

  1. Marie Carr

    Businesses could reduce their carbon footprint by asking if the customer requires a receipt before printing so paper doesn’t just end up in the bin!!

  2. elizabeth ferguson

    Always switching off lights and equipment when not in use.

    we are also looking into changing to electric vans for our small business – a few concerns with how many miles before charging up again, though xx

  3. John Fyffe

    I am the Sales & Operations Manger at the Plymouth BCHS Branch and our team actively encourage our customers to consider, where possible, altering their delivery schedules.

    Quite simply, if they get a regular delivery once per week, consider changing this to every two weeks and order double the stock requirement. This is a simple way to protect the environment and reduce CO2 emissions.

    Join the Green Revolution and reduce your delivery days!

  4. Tracy Nixon

    Businesses can recycle more and send less waste to landfill and also reduce fuel use by using local produce to produc their goods.

  5. Tiffany

    I’m always switching off the lights at work and moan to the kids if they leave them on at home. I also try to recycle as much as I can.

  6. William Gould

    Use LED light bulbs everywhere and only have lighting on when and where it’s needed. Also make sure employees shut down computers and switch screens off when not in use for long periods!

  7. Hazel Rea

    A business can reduce its carbon footprint by using video conferencing, as opposed to travelling for meetings. This also saves a lot of time!

  8. Wendy Tolhurst

    Businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by just reading emails rather than printing them off and fitting lights that turnthemselves off if there is no movement detected.

  9. Jules

    Businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by recycling more, turning off and unplugging unused equipment and if possible have empoyees working from home as often as possible, preserving fuel.

  10. Kat Allinson

    Use electronic documentation with version control rather than printed documentation, saves paper and ensures everyone uses the correct version

  11. Katherine De Riera

    Make sure lights are switched off and recycling more. Also my husband works for a company that orders fruit boxes every week but more than half is thrown away which is such a waste and not doing this would reduce carbon footprint and reduce food waste.

  12. sandy

    a large part of an office’s carbon footprint is caused by employee travel, both business travel and commuting. Encouraging sustainable transport can make a big difference, for instance by providing storage for bicycles and ideally showers and lockers for cyclists.


    Switch to inkjet printers. If all small business in the UK switched from laser to inkjet printers it would save enough power to run 60,000 houses

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