With stark facts and figures about climate change and environmental tragedies making their way into our lives every single day, it can be easy to assume that the people at the top aren’t doing anything to help. After all, big-name companies are the ones who are contributing the most to the burning of fossil fuels and carbon emissions, right?
Well, it seems as though it’s not just the little people who are doing their bit to try and nurse Mother Nature back to help. Although they might not shout it from the rooftops, these big-name companies are making sustainable changes when it comes to their production, their transportation, and their general company ethos. Don’t believe us? Check these out!
While many people squash this big coffee chain for being part of the mega-businesses that are trying to take over the world, we’d be lying if we said that they weren’t trying to make some serious changes in terms of their everyday practices. In January 2020, the CEO of Starbucks announced that he had put some serious plans in place to be completed before 2030…
And some of them will make a difference when they are eventually rolled out. They aim to halve their carbon emissions, they aim to offer more plant-based food options, and they opt to revisit their packaging options even more. Of course, they have already banned plastic straws and have created reusable cups for their customers.
As a company that sells clothes and products based around the beauty of the world, it might not come as a surprise to learn that Patagonia has been making sustainable changes over the years. While they are the first to admit that they are not entirely perfect, they are well on their way to meeting their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.
Alongside this, the brand tries to ensure that they are using recycled and organic materials wherever possible. All of their cotton is 100% organic, and a whopping 72% of their brand uses recycled materials. As if that wasn’t enough, their need for electricity in the United States is sourced wholly from renewable energy sources. So, it’s fair to say that they’re doing their bit.
The Body Shop
As an advocate for animals across the globe, there’s no doubt about the fact that The Body Shop has made waves when it comes to their sustainability ventures. Not only have they been wholeheartedly against animal testing for many years, but their products are also made from plants – which means that animals aren’t harmed in the process. Because they rely so heavily on farmers to provide them with the ingredients for their natural products, The Body Shop have made sure that they are supporting these people at all times, and they are firm believers in Fair Trade practices and generous living wages. As if that wasn’t enough, The Body Shop have created a new recycling scheme in their store, whereby customers can return their old packaging in store, and then this will be recycled into new packaging in the future.
Although you might not think that such a large shoe store would be working so hard to promote sustainability, that’s exactly what it has been doing. They believe that every action has a big impact, and they have made it their mission to make a positive impact on the world.
They do this by planting trees every single year – and from 2001 – 2018, they planted a whopping 10.2 million trees! Alongside this, by the end of 2020 their goal is to achieve 100% sustainably sourced cotton, for every pair of their shoes to contain recycled materials, to be 100% PVC free, to have 95% of their waste diverted, to support community-led events, and to plant even more trees. They’re certainly doing their bit.
It can be easy to get caught up in the negativity of the world, and it can be easy to blame big-name brands for the issues we face on this planet. However, there are some big-name brands that are making waves in terms of their eco-friendly and sustainable changes. Let’s just hope they do more than just greenwashing!