Here’s a not-so-fun fact: 71% of the world’s greenhouse gases are generated by just 100 companies.
Companies exist to make profits — there’s no denying that. But taking into consideration the devastating consequences of climate change, it’s important for these companies to do their part, and take steps to reduce their impact on the environment.
As you may imagine, tech conglomerates like Google and Facebook are leading the charge towards sustainable energy. But tech companies aren’t the only ones getting involved — here are 6 other brands who are going to great lengths to reduce their carbon footprint.
In its bid to go strawless by 2020, Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid that it will use across all its iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages. The new design is already in use in the US and Canada, and Starbucks is currently pushing it out in other markets such as Singapore, China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.
PS: There are 124 Starbucks outlets in Singapore, and a whopping 29,324 Starbucks worldwide. That’s a LOT of straws that Starbucks will be saving with this one change!
It’s no secret that the fashion industry is a huge contributor to environmental damage. In fact, statistics show that the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, coming in just after the oil industry.
To mitigate the effects that the fashion industry has on the environment, Levi Strauss has recently launched their Waste<Less Collection, which is an innovative line of jeans made from recycled plastic bottles.
That aside, Levis also uses its proprietary Water<Less™ finishing techniques to address the issue of water scarcity. This technique allows the company to reduce the amount of water used to manufacture a pair of jeans by up to 96%, and since launching the Water<Less™ process, Levis has saved more than 1 billion liters of water in the manufacturing of its products.
Over the past few years, Nestlé has done plenty to improve upon the sustainability of its business practices and processes. This has definitely paid off for Nestlé, with the company placing first in multiple sustainability indexes and scorecards (such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index).
For instance, Nestlé phased out 92% of its industrial refrigerants and replaced them with more environmentally friendly refrigerants back in 2014. The company also committed itself to powering its operations through greener methods — in Mexico, for example, 85% of the electricity used in Nestlé Factories is generated from one of the largest wind farms in the country.
Coca-Cola’s goal is to reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent by 2020, and work on making its supply chain more sustainable. To do this, the company has made several changes in its packaging formats, delivery fleets, refrigeration equipment and ingredient sourcing.
With its delivery fleets, for instance, Coca-Cola identified that its global truck fleet emitted approximately 3.7 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases back in 2014. Since then, the company started replacing its trucks with newer trucks powered by a mix of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, natural gas and diesel/electric.
Advertising and PR giant WPP has lofty goals to remove all single-use plastics from its 3,000 offices by 2020. At the same time, the company also wants to make it easier for its employees to recycle their own household plastic in the office.
Mark Read, chief executive of WPP, shares that phasing out single-use plastics in WPP offices is just the “first step”, and that the company looks forward to working with their partners to make lead a change in the industry.
Unilever is working towards halving their environmental footprint of the making and use of their products by 2030. On top of that, the company has also set its sights on becoming not just carbon neutral, but carbon positive, also by 2030.
The goal is for Unilever to eliminate fossil fuels from their operation, and directly support the generation of more renewable energy than they consume. The company says that 56% of their agricultural raw materials are sustainably sourced, and that improvements in eco-efficiency have contributed to a cost avoidance of over €600 million in energy since 2008.
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When it comes down to it, it isn’t that difficult for brands to reduce their emissions, and do their part for the environment.
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