6 ways to reduce your online carbon footprint

Without hesitation, we are able to send messages, download music, stream videos, and receive images. However, many of us don’t consider how our actions online effect the environment.

Environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly important within the tech industry, and for good reason.

The internet is responsible for around 3.7% (around 1 billion tonnes) of global greenhouse gas emissions each year, that’s similar to the amount produced by the global airline industry!

Here are some great green resources to help reduce your carbon footprint online.

Green Hosting

How green is your website? Check if your website is powered by green hosting using The Green Web Foundation search tool.

With our green hosting, you can be assured that your websites are stored on servers that avoid contributing to climate change.

We have partnered with renewable energy suppliers and cloud partners ensuring web hosting is powered by 100% renewable energy, providing the fastest hosting available, without harming the planet.

Green Search Engine

Ecosia is a search engine that uses 100% of their profits for climate action, collaborating with local communities across the world to plant 200 million trees (and counting!).

Their solar panels produce enough energy to power your searches twice over, leading to renewables, and ultimately less fossil fuels, within the energy grid.

Another option is OceanHero. They make your internet browsing easy with a Google Chrome extension. For every five searches you do, you recover on average one plastic bottle, helping to clean up our oceans.

Their mission is to harness the power of the web to create a simple way for people to join the fight against ocean pollution.

Green Web Analytics

Cabin is a privacy-first, carbon-aware web analytics service. Their sustainable cloud infrastructure allows 100% of their electricity consumption to be matched with renewable energy.

Cabin also highlights high energy-consuming pages and provide insights and improvements to be made.

Green Broadband

Offering home and business broadband including SoGEA – FTTC, Ethernet, Ultra Fast FTTP and more; GreenISP is an environmentally guided, non-profit internet service provider, with an aim to run their operations solely on renewable sources.

Green Email

EcoSend‘s mission is to eliminate the carbon emissions of email marketing by reducing the emissions of every email campaign sent through them.

They provide all the functionality you need to send email campaigns and newsletters, but at a reduced cost to the planet.

Sustainable Laptops

Lastly, consider the environmental impact of your laptop. The most sustainable solution for a laptop is to take care of the one you already have and repair it when needed.

However, if you do need a new laptop, here are guides from Mossy Earth and LeafScore that will help you to find the best sustainable laptops.

What are your go-to green services? Leave a comment and let us know!

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