With the push for a sustainable lifestyle comes working for sustainable companies. From the products they produce or the practices they have in place for their employees, the following six companies are a great start if you’re looking for a company who uses sustainability to their advantage.
Started in 2001, Method is a leader in corporate sustainability, producing cleaning products ranging from floor cleaners to hand soaps. Method’s product lines are Cradle-to-Cradle Gold certified and are produced in LEED-certified buildings through B Corp practices. Method’s seven member greenskeeping team monitors regulatory work and long-term innovation projects.
REI is committed to environmental stewardship through sustainable initiatives and pledges to the company as well as their employees. By 2020, REI plans to become completely climate-neutral in operations and has created programs to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They have also pledged to become a zero-waste landfill organization.
Besides being regularly outspoken on both social and environmental issues, Lush uses 100% vegetarian and 85% vegan ingredients in their cosmetic products. They also do not test their products on animals. In 2011, Lush set a goal to become a zero-waste company who uses 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable products whenever possible.
Tesla is leading the charge towards the renewable energy transition. With their motto of “accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible,” Tesla’s automotive practices allow them to design accessible and affordable products to more and more people.
Seventh Generation produces non toxic, environmentally friendly cleaners, paper products and personal care items. They demonstrate corporate responsibility through their commitment to transparency by releasing their annual Corporate Consciousness reports. While they work to reduce their carbon footprint as a company, they are also working to change legislation around toxic chemicals and substances. As a company, Seventh Generation promotes ingredient disclosure and educates their consumers about toxic chemicals.
Since the start of the company in 1944, Patagonia has been leading the industry with sustainable practices. Their first change included using organic cotton in their clothing to reduce their impact on the environment. Currently, they are working on innovative sustainable goals across all aspects of the company and reduce the environmental impact of the company.