With global efforts to recycle and other environmental initiatives on the rise, the demand for eco-friendly businesses and companies has risen with them. Aside from a positive impact on the environment, it is within a businesses’ best financial interest to do so.
Tax breaks, government subsidies, and recognition for social value are just a few incentives for being an eco-friendly company.
These companies have got it down and are paving the way for the change toward sustainability and going green.
With over 700,000 solar panels powering its stores and plans to make them soon available to customers in the United Kingdom, IKEA is ruling the green-company model. Approximately 89 percent of their wood is sourced from sustainable foresters. They use minimal water, energy pesticides, and chemical fertilizers in production. IKEA has announced its continued momentum in opting-in on sustainability and has ambitiously claimed the goal to become a net energy exporter by 2020.
Consistently ranked as a green company, Botox giant Allergan began its commitment to sustainability in the early 1990s. They have since been recognized for their policy on water and energy conservation, waste reduction, and emissions. They have received the Energy STAR Award from the EPA five times over.
Apple has undergone substantial efforts for conservation with its water program saving 7.6 billion gallons of water in 2018. They have worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 466,000 metric tons. All products are certified Zero Waste to landfill.
4. New Belgium Brewing
This Colorado-based company has managed to incorporate sustainability into their overall brand. They prevent up to 99.8 percent of the waste accrued through the brewery from going to landfills. They are proactive in their efforts to spread the green initiative and take action when it comes to supporting the movement and acting against climate change.
Another company that has successfully branded their conservation efforts is Unilever. Paul Polman, the CEO of the company, has been awarded the “Champion of the Earth Award” for efforts in reaching the company’s goals to prevent the majority of the company’s waste from going to landfills.
6. Seventh Generation
Talk about providing help where it was needed. This company tackled the complications inflicted by household cleaning chemicals and products. Despite efforts to regulate water sewage, cleaning products were still posing a significant threat to the environment in decomposition. Seventh Generation has even impacted the cleaning industry giant Clorox to evolve into a greener approach to their products.
With a long-standing relevance to a global initiative in sustainability, IBM has vocalized their social concern for the environment since the 1960s. IBM has integrated sustainable smart buildings that reduce energy consumption, optimize space, and lower operating costs. They have been awarded for their impact on energy-efficiency from the European Commission.
Patagonia’s overall minimalist mission encourages sustainable living as a lifestyle. Their logic is to repair instead of replacing objects. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. They use natural rubber and recycled plastic for their tools and consistently drive home the necessity to live with a consciousness of the environment.
While these companies are leading in their industries, there are a ton of other companies out there making waves (and saving them!) to be noted. And remember, you don’t have to be a major corporation to start working towards the environment, you can learn how to become more eco-friendly in our environment section.