What is footprinting?

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Sustainability has become an integral part of today's business landscape. It has evolved into a necessary pillar for every company to take responsibility for its environmental impact. A powerful tool for gaining insight into the environmental impact of a plant or flower is footprinting. But what is a footprint calculation, and how can you apply it within your horticultural business?

Calculating the environmental impact

Footprinting, also known as measuring the ecological footprint, is a systematic approach to measuring and quantifying the environmental impact of a product, service, process, or even an entire company. It goes beyond just measuring CO2 emissions; it also looks at other aspects such as water usage, land utilization, and the depletion of natural resources. By mapping out the complete lifecycle of a product or service, from raw material extraction to waste disposal, companies gain a comprehensive understanding of their environmental impact.

The purpose of footprinting is not only to raise awareness but also to take concrete steps to reduce this impact. This enables companies to better define and achieve their sustainability goals.

The Flori Footprint Tool

Sustainability is also a significant theme in the horticultural sector. The Flori Footprint Tool has been specifically developed to make footprint calculations fast and easily accessible for companies in this sector. With this online tool, you can calculate the footprint of your plants in a user-friendly manner.

The Flori Footprint Tool follows the rules of the European FloriPEFCR, which provide a standardized approach to calculating footprints. This approach allows companies in the horticultural sector to assess and compare their environmental impact. It helps establish a consistent foundation for measuring and reporting the environmental impact of various products in the sector.

How do you use the tool?

The strength of the Flori Footprint Tool lies in its simplicity and transparency. As a grower, you can measure the impact of your products yourself and work with future scenarios. Based on this, you can take targeted steps or make investments to achieve your sustainability goals. The calculation tool not only raises awareness but also encourages concrete actions to effect positive change. In conclusion, along with tools like the Flori Footprint Tool, footprinting offers horticultural businesses the opportunity to substantiate their sustainability efforts. It enables you to make informed choices that benefit both your company and our planet. Additionally, you'll be prepared for future regulations or measures. In the future, you will increasingly receive requests to provide your footprint, such as to customers or suppliers. You can easily provide this with just a click of a button.

In conclusion, along with tools like the Flori Footprint Tool, footprinting offers horticultural businesses the opportunity to substantiate their sustainability efforts. It enables you to make informed choices that benefit both your company and our planet. Additionally, you'll be prepared for future regulations or measures. In the future, you will increasingly receive requests to provide your footprint, such as to customers or suppliers. You can easily provide this with just a click of a button.

Would you like to receive more information about what footprinting is and how you can implement it within your horticultural business? Feel free to contact us. We'd be happy to share more information with you.

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