Brands with a Social Conscience
In our carbon-emitting economy today, it’s rare to find that big conglomerate companies are aware of their effects on the planet. So, this post is just to congratulate those that are doing their part to help our ever-failing environment.
Not only is Patagonia a well-known and very successful clothing brand but they are also doing their bit for the planet too. Their ‘Worn Wear’ idea keeps their gear and garments in use for a longer period of time via repair and reuse and if they are beyond repair then the left over materials are recycled. Not only this, but they also support grassroots activists who are trying to find solutions to the environmental crisis and they give a sum of their profits to environmental groups. All in all, they are doing a mighty fine job at having a social conscience.
AO Recycling is a relatively new company that was made when ‘The Recycling Group’ merged with AO. They recycle the old products that people want to dispose of when people purchase appliances from AO. The products are either safely recycled and the materials are reused or they are repaired and sold as second-hand appliances. Since being launched in 2017, AO Recycling has rapidly become UK’s largest recycler of fridges and large domestic appliances.
Lush pride themselves on making all their products around the fact that they should be environmentally friendly. This goes from the packaging to the products themselves. For example, they use friendly oils such as olive oil rather than mineral oils and try not to use vast amounts of water when making their products- they sell bars of shampoo rather than bottles. When it comes to eco-friendly packaging, they do their best to use as little packaging as possible and that what they do use they aim to make it bio-degradable. If not, reusable, like the little black pots and also use recycled materials.
Levi Strauss & Co
The fact that Levi jeans could last through several generations shows that they hope their good quality means that people won’t be burning through products and wasting resources. Aside from making good quality produce, they also try to reduce the amount of water they use in order to make the products. Since 2011 they have managed to save a total of 1 billion litres of water, which I’d say is a tremendous amount.
British Telecom (BT)
BT is very aware of their carbon footprint and aim to do what they can in order to reduce their carbon emissions. Even simple things, such as offering conferencing services to their customers so that they don’t need to travel back and forth to meetings and they also give tips and tricks for energy saving tactics. As a company, they were recognised as the global leader for actions and strategies in order to manage carbon output and climate change.
Back in 2014, the Co-op bank managed to source a whopping 99% of its electricity from renewable energy sources- mainly using wind power and small hydro-technologies. As if that wasn’t enough, they also try to be ‘beyond carbon neutral’ which means that they have attempted to reduce their carbon emissions but they offset that which they do emit and an extra 10% to achieve the ‘beyond’ part of the program. So they focus on projects which aim to reduce carbon whilst reducing the amount of poverty in that area and promoting sustainability.