Sustainable (Eco-Friendly) Businesses Part 2

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Some people may not be aware of this, but aside from small grassroots businesses that support sustainability, there are quite a number of large corporations, companies and organizations that support this practice as well. Jo Confino (2014), wrote an article about some of the larger companies that practices sustainability and here are some information about these different types of companies as follows.

Coca-Cola is using a third party to aide in testing and assessing its water quality and ensuring to improve the use of this water by 20%. I find that this is extremely important, that companies are making sure the use of water is used correctly and in a safe and clean environment and being inspected for quality control, as water is a very valuable resource, among others (Confino, 2014). Confino (2014), states that Nike is creating more footwear that is specifically designed in an environmentally friendly way, and produced an app called the ‘Making app’, which allows people all over to the world to see exactly how Nike designed their footwear and what materials they used in making it environmentally friendly. I am a huge supporter of Nike and this is great news because not only is Nike a well-known footwear company, but with Nike producing their special ‘Making app’, this would create and promote more awareness on how important it is for other footwear companies and even other businesses to start applying the practices of sustainability from start to finish in creating any of their products, and I believe that other businesses can look up to Nike as a great example.

Confino (2014), also shares that Starbucks is working towards making sure that their coffee beans are being produced in a safe and fair working environment. In doing so, they are reaching out, working, and partnering with various neighborhood communities and suppliers of its coffee beans. Procter and Gamble, a consumer goods company, makes sure that the products they sell on the market to consumers are sustainable in at least 1 out of 5 ways. This would be through the consideration of how the sources of water and energy is consumed, the methods of transportation used to gather supplies, ensuring the products are packed with recyclable materials, and using renewable sources (Confino, 2014). Altogether, I support both small and large businesses that practice sustainability, and it’s an added bonus if they are also cruelty-free. I find that I am able to start off by being more eco-friendly and conscientious in small ways. For instance, referring back to my previous blog posts- from using all natural ingredients to replace chemical cleaners, organic toothpaste, unplugging appliances or electronics that are not in use to decrease energy consumption, bringing reusable bags and mugs whenever I go out, and proper recycling.

What are some of the companies or organizations that you support or volunteer with, that practices sustainability? Comments can be posted below.

References

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Confino, J. (2014, April 30). Best practices in sustainability: Ford, Starbucks and more. Retrieved from TheGuardian: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/best-practices-sustainability-us-corporations-ceres

 

 

 

 

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The Benefits of Using Eco-Friendly Products

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When it comes to the word ‘environmentally friendly’, some people may automatically think of the 3 R’s : Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, though there is more to this word that just using the 3 R’s. Through my personal observations and experiences, I find that some people may be hesitant to switch over from using regular household products on the market to that of products which are more environmentally friendly. Some examples of everyday household products range from cleaning solutions for the bathroom and/or kitchen, laundry detergents and fabric softeners, to kitchen soaps. Over the years of using regular laundry detergents, I found that some of the ingredients caused my skin to become easily irritated and prone to itchiness.

Everyday regular household products may have ingredients which are harmful to the environment and can affect your health. Eco-friendly cleaning products are made up of all natural ingredients which are safe for the environment. They may be free of chemicals and irritants such as phosphates (Magazine, 2008). One of plants important nutrients it needs for consumption and growth is phosphorus. When this ingredient is used in detergents and thrown back into the water, it can cause an overgrowth of plants that live underwater. It can also pollute the water which makes it inadequate for humans including animals to drink (Natural and Environmentally-Friendly Household Products: Suggestions for Waterfront Homeowners, n.d.).

References

Magazine, B. H. (2008, September). The benefits of eco-friendly cleaners. The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.

Natural and Environmentally-Friendly Household Products: Suggestions for Waterfront Homeowners. (n.d.). Retrieved from Greater Sudbury: https://www.greatersudbury.ca/living/environmentally-friendly/environmentally-friendly-products1/

VECTOR SET OF GLOBAL ECO. (n.d.). In W. (Author). Retrieved from http://images.all-free download.com/images/graphicthumb/vector_set_of_global_eco_48451.jpg    (Photo credit)

Have you thought of switching or are already using eco-friendly household products? If so, which products are you using? Comments can be posted below.