Simple Green Ideas for Businesses

Eco tips for businesses

Simple eco tips for businesses include purchasing green cleaning products, catering supplies and coffee.

At REfficient, we have integrated sustainable practices into our business model, but also in the day-to-day operations of our business. It is who we are and what we believe in.

We have therefore talked about our eco-friendly marketing tools and how we have repurposed our office using discarded materials. We have also provided tips on how to reuse packaging supplies.

Here are some more ideas to green your business that are still mindful of the bottom line.

Check EPEAT ratings

When we purchase computers for our staff, we check out the EPEAT rating on prospective computers first. EPEAT is a comprehensive rating system that rates electronics based on a number of environmental attributes. These include the reduction or elimination of environmentally –sensitive materials, energy conservation and end-of-life considerations. Continue reading

Reaching a Tipping Point – What It’s Really Meant

Tipping points are reached with critical mass, when momentum starts to take over.

Tipping points are reached with critical mass, when momentum starts to take over.

I feel like we have reached a tipping point in the last two months.

The first clue was when I met random new people at events and they had actually heard of REfficient before. Yes, “actually” because they could recount specifics about the company. They knew we were an online marketplace for businesses, and they would mention where they had seen us – in the newspaper, in a magazine, or just through word of mouth. It became clear to me that we had established a market awareness we did not have before. Continue reading

Not Such a Dirty Word After All

Caught you looking, didn’t I?  At REfficient we try to avoid using this word to describe some of our inventory, mainly because the word has a negative connotation. It sounds bad. It makes things sound like they’re worn out. Useless by today’s standards. No longer worthy. Well, you get the idea.

The thing is, #$@*&%# is not always a bad thing — in fact quite often it’s a positive thing. Manufacturers no longer manufacture #$@*&%# things. Stores and resellers very rarely carry #$@*&%# things. The longer something is #$@*&%#, the harder it becomes to find.

Let’s reflect for a moment on something #$@*&%#, shall we? How about a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder? By today’s standards this car is completely #$@*&%#. It had 110 horsepower, by comparison a 2012 Honda Civic Si has 197 hp. Continue reading

Lion’s Lair Showed the Transformation Underway in Hamilton


Lions Lair Finalists

Lion’s Lair finalists await the decisions of who won the business competition

Lion’s Lair last night was truly a celebration of business in Hamilton. Yet the business competition with $100,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs was more than just a celebration of business. The night was proof that the transformation of Hamilton is well underway.

Hamilton has been known for decades as a steel city. As you pass over the Burlington skyway bridge and get a vista of Hamilton, you would think that it still is. As the steel industry has declined in recent years, Hamilton has been searching for new industries and a new identity. Last night, Lion’s Lair confirmed that other sectors are playing an Continue reading