your partner for a Sustainable thesis




Your partner for a sustainable thesis


how can we help you?


Eco-Friendly Cover Design

We’d love to help you design your thesis cover in an eco-friendly way. All our designs are handmade with care for our beautiful planet. When you entrust your cover design to GreenThesis, you get the original design as a present. We also offer a selection of sustainable ‘fair frames’ that are handmade by Indian artisans. We can even gift wrap your painting if, for example, your loved ones would like to present it to you on your special day. This way, you’ll have a beautiful and lasting memory to hang on your (office) wall.

Interior Lay-out

Are you looking for a modern and eco-conscious interior layout for your PhD thesis? Then you have come to the right place. Stylish, minimalistic layouts are our expertise, and we would be happy to help you design your thesis.

Sustainable Printing

You’ve put years of work and dedication into the completion of your PhD thesis. No wonder you would like your thesis to be printed with the utmost care and attention. We’d love to help you choose eco-friendly materials & sustainable printing methods that reinforce our eco-friendly design. As a bonus, together, we’ll plant lots of trees. While GreenThesis takes the load off your shoulders, you can focus on what really counts: your defence. 


A Tree for a Hightree

GreenThesis is on a mission to contribute to a healthy planet. What better way to do this than by planting trees? That’s why GreenThesis plants a tree for every booklet in your thesis. That’s what we call “a Tree for a Hightree”. This way, we work together to create a better, greener, and healthier world.

science meets art meets sustainability

Meet the founder

My name is Elma Hogeboom, a natural scientist-turned-artist with a passion for sustainability. As an artist, I soon learned that many inks and paints used in art are not so pretty in terms of their environmental performance. Most art materials contain heavy metals and other toxic substances you’d rather not put on your hands or walls.

Leveraging my science background, I researched eco-friendly art alternatives. The result was a green art materials database out of which I draw to create beautiful and sustainable artworks.

When I designed the sustainable cover for my husband’s PhD thesis several years ago, it needed to be digitized and printed many times over. It felt only natural to print the dissertation and cover sustainably. But again, I was in for a not-so-green surprise: eco-friendly printing isn’t common practice.

I dove into my books once more and decided to found GreenThesis (DuurzameDissertatie in Dutch). GreenThesis offers PhD candidates with a green heart the option to design and print their thesis in an eco-friendly manner.  From vegan inks to agricultural waste, from plastic-free packaging to bike delivery—GreenThesis can help you find a sustainable solution. 

Elma Hogeboom - Duurzaam Designer en Owner at

a peek behind the scenes

The making of a sustainable PhD thesis

Recycled & Circular

Quality Paper

As Isaac Newton said: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. This is exactly what becoming a PhD is all about. Progress rooted in tradition. What better way to capture this image, than by using a traditionally handpainted cover design and using paper that reinforces this handmade, artisanal quality? This way we turn your thesis into a beautiful  work of art, intertwined with the past, pointing forward to tomorrow.


"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants"

Isaac Newton

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