Get On Board With These Eco-Friendly Companies

When people think of pollution, big businesses are probably the first thing that comes to mind. Images of buildings pouring out smoke, employees eating microwave burritos, and overflowing dumpsters fill the brain, but the truth is that some companies care a lot about the environment and are doing their best to make a difference, just like these companies:Eco friendly companies

1. IBM

This is a company that started to care about the environment before it was cool. They’ve been eco-friendly since the seventies and are still trying to save the world today. In 2012 they were given the European Union Code of Conduct for Data Centers Award because of their efforts to reduce energy consumption. IBM successfully implemented their Smarter Planet Initiative and started to use technology to teach their consumers how to start taking steps to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

2. ContainerExchanger.com

Container Exchanger is an online company with a mission to help customers save money and the environment. Given an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, they buy and sell new and used reusable containers. Customers can choose from plastic or metal boxes, reusable bags, and other containers instead of having to buy one-time use cardboard boxes and wooden crates. By buying and selling durable bulk containers, pallets, totes, and carts, the company helps stop landfills from getting filled up. They also have their own code of ethics and sustainability policy.

3. Intel

Even though it’s common knowledge that fossil fuels are bad for the environment and will eventually be used up, many companies still use them as their main source of power. Intel, however, has been trying to switch over to responsible energy sources. With 88% of their energy coming from environmentally friendly places, they’re already a few steps ahead of most companies. Their Intel Open Energy Initiative was made to help green energy become the norm, not the exception.

4. Kohl’s

This company’s commitment to sustainable energy may surprise some people, but Kohl’s is worthy of this list – they get all of their energy from renewable resources. Using biomass, solar, wind, and small-scale hydroelectric power sources, they realize that being green might cost more initially but isn’t all that cost-prohibitive overall. Even if it is a little more expensive for Kohl’s to do things the way they do, the company realizes that the long-term benefits far outweigh the costs.

5. TerraCycle

This company takes recycling to a whole new level. Interested parties collect waste that’s generally considered hard to recycle, like juice pouches, candy wrappers, tape dispensers, and make-up packaging. These seemingly useless items can be made into a variety of products, including backpacks, scrapbooks, picture frames, and recycling bins. In addition to turning junk into cool stuff, TerraCycle tries to help whoever they can learn to live a greener lifestyle. They work in 22 countries with over 100 companies to find alternative uses for products that would have otherwise been headed to a landfill.

Big businesses aren’t always bad. There are all kinds of companies out there – some have always been environmentally conscious, and others have just recently begun to change. There are even businesses out there that were made specifically to make a difference and to help people learn about being eco-friendly.

Toby Waters writes about corporate responsibility and green initiatives. One website he recommends to learn more about these topics is http://www.forbes.com/sites/csr/.

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