More frequently we are seeing terms such as “eco-friendly”, “environmentally conscious” and “sustainable” on products and in guidelines and statements. Many companies mainly use it to promote their products, but it is not always clear to what extent they actually do something for the environment.
Transparency on sustainability
At Spryng we do things differently. We too are concerned about global warming and the ecological problems of our time. This means that we are happy to contribute to a more sustainable life and work. We do this in a way that suits Spryng. This means: practical and do-able, clear and honest. Below, we have briefly summarised how this is translated to our workspace:
- Spryng employees all come to the office by bicycle or public transport.
- Our procedures and systems have been digitised in such a way that we hardly use any paper, not even for printing.
- We do our weekly grocery shopping in an organic supermarket and we have lunch together every day, with the whole team. By doing so we eat healthily, we do not waste food and we avoid the use of pesticides.
- We donate annually to charities dedicated to disadvantaged people and the well being of our planet.
- We do not use plastic or cardboard drinking cups, we use mugs and glasses for our (Fair Trade) coffee.
SMS provider is an environmentally friendly business
We do our best to keep our ecological footprint small, but our core business as an SMS provider is probably the most sustainable of everything that we do. Sending SMS is a lot more environmentally friendly than sending e-mails. You may ask yourself why that is so? Well, to send e-mails, devices are required that consume a lot of energy. The amount of energy (and therefore CO2 emissions) that is required to manage and transport this data is many times greater than what is used for sending SMS.
Sending SMS is better for the environment
Researcher/author Mike Berners-Lee (and brother of Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet) has determined the CO2 footprint of e-mail and an SMS. For a simple e-mail, he came up with 4 grams of CO2 emission. For an SMS (with 160 characters), the researcher calculated an emission of 0.014 grams of CO2, a fraction of e-mail. This is mainly because SMS is sent via the technology of a telephone and not via the Internet.
Less paper by sending SMS
In addition to the much lower CO2 emissions used when sending SMS, there is also a “green” advantage of sending SMS. Our customers use less paper by using SMS service (less letters and advertising sent by post and less internal “paper” communication, etc.). Either way Spryng continues to commit, in its own practical way, to helping people and the environment. The very best part is that our sustainable SMS service enables companies and people to work more efficiently and at the same time reduce their ecological footprint. Do you want to be part of that too? Join Spryng!