These companies are making eco-friendly manufacturing seem more possible than ever before.
Earth, the Blue Planet, Third Rock from the Sun — no matter what you call it, there’s no denying our beautiful planet is one-of-a-kind. And while Earth Day comes just once a year, celebrating and preserving our planet is a year-round job! Here are a few companies that are going above and beyond when it comes to sustainable practices and eco-friendly initiatives.
A home and personal care company, Unilever’s commitment to collective action is nothing short of admirable. Their motto, “a bright future: a better business” isn’t just for show — and their Sustainable Living Plan proves it.
This plan, which aspires to decouple the company’s environmental footprint from its growth, is certain to make a positive environmental (and social!) impact in the years to come.
When you’re thinking about environmentally sustainable ventures, Michelin tires might not be the first company to come to mind. Thanks to their commitment to eco-friendly manufacturing, however, Michelin is making strides towards ending deforestation in East Asia. Now that’s what I’d call “a better way forward.”
Clothing retailer Everlane might seem like your typical purveyor of fashion, but this eco-friendly company is committed to more than just the latest trends.
A leading force in the fight for humane and sustainable production, Everlane is working hard to disrupt manufacturing as we know it. Between the company’s transparent pricing structure and their ethically sourced materials, they’re a good sustainable alternative for the environmentally-conscious fashionista.
In 2015, nearly two-thirds of make-up company L’Oréal’s brands did an evaluation of their environmental and social impact. Since then, they’ve committed to what they describe as a “sustainable innovation plan,” in an attempt to raise awareness about sustainable consumption.
5. Warby Parker
That’s right — the fashion-forward Warby Parker frames everyone seems to be rocking aren’t just chic, they’re eco-friendly too!
You wouldn’t know it from glancing at their products, but Warby Parker is one of the only carbon neutral eyeglass brands on the market. Plus, for every pair purchased, another pair is distributed to someone in need! So if you’re looking to rock a new pair of glasses on Earth Day, this carbon footprint-conscious company is a good place to shop.
6. Levi Strauss & Co.
At Levi Strauss & Co., making your mark on the world isn’t just about what you do, but how you do it. The brand believes that its values — empathy, originality, integrity, and courage — only matter if their customers and partners practice them too. Between its Water<Less design process and its Waste<Less product line, Levi’s is making a tangible difference (and setting a great example for other clothing manufacturers to boot).
7. Dr. Bronner’s
“Love & Give & Give!” In 2016, we donated 40% of our pre-taxed profits to the causes we support, including hemp & drug policy reform, sustainable agriculture, wage equality, and animal advocacy. Each time you purchase our products, you support certified organic & fair trade standards and on-the-ground activist organizations, and you make it possible for us to “Give & Give” in hopes of making the world a better place. Thank you so much for making our work possible! Photo by @oulaoups.blog
This gentle, all-natural product line is a long-time favorite of hippies and beauty gurus alike. From soapmaking to peacemaking, Dr. Bronner’s “cosmic principles” clearly state that we’re all in this together — so it comes as no surprise that the company has committed to going above and beyond with their ambitious environmental initiatives. From their regenerative organic farming projects to their 100% post-consumer recycled packaging, Dr. Bronner’s products are almost as good for the planet as they are for your skin!
8. Cisco Systems Inc.
Recently ranked the world’s third most sustainable company by Forbes, Cisco Systems is an eco-friendly tour-de-force. But what does a tech company stand to gain by focusing on sustainability?
“When IT companies make sustainability an integral part of technologies, products, and solutions,” Cisco’s site states, “we better protect our planet while creating business value for our suppliers, our customers, and our own bottom line.” If suppliers as massive as Cisco are successfully reducing their Greenhouse Gas emissions, the rest of the tech industry is sure to follow.
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