Amongst the tales of ecological doom and gloom, it is uplifting to hear that a number of the biggest companies on Earth are implementing ways to reduce their carbon footprint. In the past, a number of the companies have been the biggest polluters and manufacturers of waste so that it’s heartening that a change in consumer consciousness has caused a re-thinking of corporate structure in an environmental standpoint.
Where environmentalism was a side note (possibly even a joke) it’s become a priority on the agenda of several corporate notepads. Every one of us makes daily decisions that have how we interact with goods and what impact these have on the environment. The power of choice is an individuals vote for the sort of future they expect to see (and large businesses are beginning to see the light).
Some of the most popular companies on the market are determined to set an example and show people that being environmentally friendly isn’t only a necessity, but also a benefit. We’ve gathered together a number of those stories that you enjoy.
For Panasonic, the thought of sustainability has become an important part of their business for a while. This Japanese giant has been providing the world with digital products for decades and saw the writing on the wall as it came to their ecological policy.
Other than this, the tower is extremely near one of the most used transit nodes in the region, allowing workers a convenient way to get to work instead of driving. It’s projected that this choice by Panasonic retains 500 cars off the public streets each and every day.
Their priorities are beginning to shift and the company has improved their efforts in making the business more environmentally friendly.
By way of example, the organization will launch a version of a cell phone that’s made entirely from recycled components. A notable phrase in their site is’Mining less from the ground. And more from old apparatus.’ Their purpose is to create products using only renewable resources or recycled material. A challenge they face is really disassembling old products and regaining the many modest pieces contained within. The solution? Daisy, the recycling robot, is a brand new disassembly robot being trialled by Apple that could take apart 200 iPhones an hour and recover the material from each to be used in a new item.
Ten years back, Walmart’s CEO at the time proclaimed that the company was on the path to sustainability. He spoke about the company using renewable energy, eliminating waste and promoting more organic products. A decade on and the company sat down to get an overview on their progress. Thankfully, in some cases they were farther down the road than they had realised.
As an example, a target for the company was a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions of 20m metric tons by 2010. Fertiliser use on farms growing Walmart create was among those industries where they made the largest impact on emissions and has been largely because of working with their providers.
In the past decade, the business has also contributed to maintaining over one million acres of wildlife habitat.
Ikea understands the value of fresh energy
Back in 2015, Ikea announced a plan that will enhance the sustainability of the business, by not investing in renewable energy, but also using it to the business’s offices and stores.
The furniture conglomerate is also dedicated to selling only LED bulbs in an initiative to promote green energy to their clients who they believe will finally reap the benefits through energy savings. This is part of a strategy to”provide products and solutions that help clients save money by using less water and energy and reducing waste”.
Among other things, IKEA are now sourcing half of the timber supply from FSC-certified forests, promoting clean water projects and sourcing chemical-free, renewable cotton purchased from certified farmers.