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. Plastic-free is our norm, and 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. 

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 plastic-free 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

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Before considering GreenThesis as your partner, it is good to know that we are not a printing business. Our main focus is eco-conscious book design, using handmade and sustainable materials and methods. As plastic-free and eco-friendly printing is only possible with conscious choices in design, we therefore only provide printing services in combination with cover design.


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

Isaac Newton

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