We’re excited to announce that Freedom QA is officially a carbon neutral business! We purchased carbon offsets to balance our expected annual carbon emissions (and a little extra, to be safe).
In case you’re interested, we thought we’d share some details below about what carbon offsets are, and how you can buy them for yourself as an individual or business.
Why Did Freedom QA Decide to Become a Carbon Neutral Business?
When we started Freedom QA, we knew we wanted our business to be a force for good as much as possible. While companies exist to make money, we believe there’s room for spreading good along the way.
Are There Other Ways Businesses Can Help the Environment?
There are! If you’re curious, here are some of the other actions a business can take to help (or at least avoid harming) the environment:
- Letting your staff work from home. Okay, so this is considered a pretty big ask by many companies. We get it. But if you have reliable, communicative workers, productivity can be even higher than in an office. (See our article on 10 Advantages of Hiring Remote Workers.) With tools like Slack and Zoom, it can feel like your workers are within 100 feet even if they’re really 1,000 miles away. And avoiding commute-related pollution can make a huge dent in your business’s carbon footprint.
- Getting energy-efficient web servers. Data centers now cause even more greenhouse gas emissions than airplanes. If you have your own data center, you can read some tips on making it more eco-friendly here. Otherwise, you can research web hosts that offer greener server options and see what feels right for you,
- Conserving electricity in the office. There are many little (and big) things you can do to reduce your office’s electricity use. For example, this comprehensive list offers dozens of options. On top of being better for the environment, making some of these changes will also save you money!
- Donating to environmental organizations. We donate 10% of our profits to non-profits and causes, and some of them are focused on environmental conservation.
What Are Carbon Offsets?
Carbon offsets go towards projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading →