Eco-Green Garden Care
Eco-Green Garden Care is a small business with a big vision. We are currently a sole-trader business delivering garden care services to metropolitan Melbourne. Our vision is to inspire change toward sustainability amongst clients, industry and the broader public. We aim to do this while showing that business growth and profitability can go hand in hand with sustainability.
“I hope to serve as a change agent for this industry and the wider community, demonstrating by example that sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since March 2021.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
Garden maintenance is an industry which, relative to its size, has a significant carbon footprint. Additionally, it is also an industry that has developing technologies which provide the opportunity to reduce that footprint while also providing opportunities for businesses to reduce operation costs.
I hope to serve as a change agent for this industry and the wider community, demonstrating by example that sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand.
Our Business mission is “To help people feel good about the environmental choices they make in their business and personal lives”.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
The anticipated benefits from carbon neutral certification are numerous:
- A key part of an operational strategy which enables me to take pride knowing I operate my business in an environmentally sustainable way.
- Build brand image through becoming an industry leader in eco practices.
- Build a strong corporate culture with staff committed to serving clients while caring for the environment.
- The opportunity to become an agent for change, helping customers, the horticulture industry and the wider community move toward more sustainable practices.
What offset projects do you support?
A composting facility project and a power plant project in India.
Why did you choose this project?
Two primary factors were taken into consideration when choosing projects for purchasing our carbon offsets.
- We set out to select projects that we felt would deliver maximum environmental benefit, regardless of where they were located. To do this we set out to try and identify projects that are not independently profitable. Essentially, would these projects be operating if they couldn’t sell carbon credits? We aimed to invest in projects we believed would not operate without the funds from selling carbon credits as the environmental benefits from these projects are a genuine result of the sale of these carbon credits.
- The second consideration was to look to invest in projects that address carbon sources similar to those sources from which our business was generating carbon emissions. We felt the composting facility met this brief given a portion of Eco-Green Garden Care’s carbon footprint comes from waste management.
How can the community support you?
We would simply hope to see the community, consumers and businesses make sustainability a key consideration in all decisions and to support those businesses with the same consideration for the environment.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
While carbon neutral certification is a big step in the right direction, we are also making changes to not just offset but to also reduce our carbon emissions. We are doing this by:
- moving to Climate Active certified suppliers for internet, mobile phone, electricity and gas services
- using solar power backed up by carbon neutral power
- moving tools used for servicing clients from internal combustion tools to professional grade battery powered tools, which are charged off sustainable energy supplies, and
- we are also keeping a close eye on technological developments that may allow us to further reduce our carbon emissions.
Aside from carbon emissions, we also minimise our environmental impact through the use of organic practices, minimising the use of chemical products.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
Taking climate action can be costly, even for a small business, however, some of the changes it will instigate can also serve to reduce operational costs. Additionally, there can be some valuable brand image benefits to certification. So, when deciding, consider the “big picture” not just the up-front cost.
While carbon neutral certification still may not necessarily be within reach of every business right now, this doesn’t mean steps can’t be taken to move the business toward a reduced carbon footprint and environmental sustainability. Further, these steps can also reduce operational costs. As your business grows, revisit the idea of Climate Active certification periodically to re-asses the viability.