Let’s take the humble envelope as an example.
Are these being made from recycled paper? Is the paper from sustainable forests? What glue is used in them? Does the glue contain animal fats? Is the company delivering the box to you offsetting their footprint? Are you offsetting yours? Do you use envelopes that have a non-recyclable plastic window in them?
This is why it is so important to be thoughtful and practical, rather than totally accurate. It’s unlikely you could have all of these questions answered by the company if you asked, and it’s too time consuming to try and get all of the answers anyway.
When you come to purchase something for your business, check the company has an environmental policy, often in the footer of their website.
Check environmental policies for:
- Do they have clear information on the materials they use?
- Are they using renewable energy?
- Is their website hosting using renewable energy?
- If we take two envelope companies and compare them: