Ronan is a Relationship Coordinator at Dot Dot Dot, interested in trying to make more ethical and greener choices in his work and personal life. Check out his blog for some quick and easy hacks that he’s found help him increase his positive social impact on the planet.
The fun thing about working for a social enterprise is the focus on social impact. Whilst most of our social impact will always be the wonderful work our guardians do through their monthly volunteering, it can go much further than that without too much effort. With that in mind, below are some ideas which either require a one-off effort or which you can easily build into your everyday routine, to make your social impact go even further.
Save the earth while you surf
Ecosia is a search engine that turns your clicks into trees, and they have planted nearly 50 million trees already! They assign a portion of their profit, via an advertising-based revenue model, to planting trees throughout the world to combat climate change and make the world a greener place. Just add the toolbar and make a difference every time you search the web.
Stop how you shop
Easyfundraising is a toolbar which diverts a percentage of the money you spend shopping online to a charity of your choice, at no extra cost to you. They have partnerships with Amazon, ebay and other major retailers, so you can give whilst sacrificing none of your purchasing power! Just go to the site, download the toolbar and off you go.
Save the earth whilst saving money
Triodos Bank is an ethical bank which has devised a set of criteria for the companies it invests in, in line with the UN’s sustainable development goals. This means that the bank doesn’t just avoid investing in harmful industries like tobacco and arms, but actively supports communities, charities and the environment. They have a current account and smartphone app, making it as convenient as more conventional banks. Find out how you can open your current account here.
These are just a few ideas to make the world a slightly better place. If you have any other ideas, we’re very keen to hear about them.