Why businesses need to be environmentally responsible

These days, eco-responsibility is no longer an asset, but a necessity for any company that wants to succeed. The proof? Try to find a big company that doesn't have a page dedicated to the environment on its website. The giants of this world know very well that the challenge of climate change is a societal one, and that all actors must act.

In addition to the positive popular response, the benefits of going green are numerous and are likely to be part of the means by which today's organizations will succeed in achieving their long-term goals. Some of these benefits include:

Cost reduction
Becoming environmentally responsible involves the 3Rs of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, among others. When these concepts are well applied, the result is a reduction in costs because the 3Rs aim to reduce consumption. An entity that consumes less spends less! 

Better financial opportunities
Large companies know the importance of environmental initiatives, and behind these companies are shareholders and creditors who are equally aware of this reality. When it comes to investing, these potential partners are interested in what a company is doing to do its part to protect the environment. 

Preparing for legislation
Norway has already announced the end of gasoline and diesel vehicle sales by 2025; the European Union is targeting 30 million electric cars on its roads by 2030. And this is just the beginning. The world is gradually turning to alternative solutions and legislating for them. Green legislation is spreading to ever wider spheres of activity and at an accelerating rate. It is no longer a question of whether or when the legal green shift will take place. It has already begun, and can only grow. 

Roasted Bean Box and eco-responsibility initiatives

In order to do its part as a member of society, and at the same time enjoy the benefits of being eco-friendly, Roasted Bean Box has been implementing initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint since its inception. These initiatives include:

Reuse of delivery boxes
First, the company encourages its subscribers to reuse their delivery boxes by applying a $1 discount to their subscription after each reuse. A box can be used 10 to 12 times or even more depending on the condition in which it is kept. In a context of increasing e-commerce, reuse should be favored while recycling should be a last resort.  

Electric vehicle delivery

RBB's deliveries are made exclusively in electric vehicles, which produce fewer polluting emissions than, for example, a gasoline or diesel vehicle. This comparison takes into account the production of the vehicle, as well as the energy consumed by it, particularly in the Quebec context where the vast majority of electricity comes from a clean and renewable resource.

Intra-city, local delivery

In order to reduce the transportation of goods and therefore its environmental footprint, the company serves subscribers exclusively in the metropolitan area where its coffee is roasted.  

Biodegradable bags

In addition, RBB subscribers receive their coffee each month in fully biodegradable bags, including the degassing valve. Such packaging can be disposed of over time in an environmentally safe manner. 

Donation of 1% of revenues for the environment

Finally, the company has pledged to donate 1% of its revenues to the David Suzuki Foundation to fund its environmental projects. The Foundation works tirelessly with governments, scientists and businesses to take urgent action on climate change so that we leave a better world for future generations.  

By putting forward these initiatives, Roasted Bean Box hopes to inspire many e-commerce companies to adapt their business model to simultaneously care for their customers as well as the environment.