It is uplifting to know that many local, and global companies have started their journey to become environmentally friendly companies. From reducing carbon footprints to opting for sustainable and compostable packaging, these companies are doing their part in saving the environment by innovating and improving their core values.
With our own research we narrowed down our list to companies with a more specific goal — to reduce plastic usage either by way of packaging or the materials they are using with their products.
Anchor recently developed a plant-based 2-liter milk bottle made from natural, renewable, and sustainable sugarcane. The sugarcane used for these bottles is sourced from Brazil, one of the largest growers of sugarcane. Anchor is also helping the community’s economic and social growth — a testament to sustainability.
Apeel was founded in 2012 with a mission to avoid waste by creating a plant-based, edible coating that protects produce from spoiling and to make avocados, citrus, and other types of fruit last twice as long as usual. This smart invention minimizes food waste, which is common in the US. Because the coating protects the product it reduces the need for single-use plastics that would otherwise be used.
ClifBar Just like the above-mentioned companies, you will directly see on their website ClifBar’s mission to be an environmentally-friendly business. There is actually detailed information about their progress in their sustainability journey in chronological order starting from the year 2001. In 2020, Clif Bar joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Global Commitment to Packaging with Purpose. Their pledge is to no longer use shrink-wrap boxes for their bars and that all Clif Bar packages will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
Corning Glass is an American company with glass as one of its specialties. Their sustainability practices include recycling glass. Glass, of course, is an inert material that does not chemically react with whatever is inside it as a container. It is mainly composed of sand so this material won’t leach anything harmful to the environment. What makes glass a fascinating and environmentally friendly material is that it is 100% and infinitely recyclable. Recycling glass uses 40% less energy compared to creating new ones.
Dispatch Goods This environmentally friendly business has a catchy slogan that says, “Dispatch Goods is here to fill your plate, not the landfill.” They are partnering with restaurants to send orders in reusable packaging. On a weekly basis, they collect the used containers and remind the customers the night prior the collection day via text. Customers only need to leave the washed containers either in a lobby or out front of their home. Customers have the option to deposit the containers in a designated return bin as well.
Ethique soaps are made in bar form (only) to save millions of gallons of water since typical shampoos use plastic bottles. Their solid bars are packaged in recyclable and compostable paper and for every order, the products will be shipped plastic-free, inside a cardboard box with paper ‘bubble wrap’, all sealed with paper tape. Plastic-free production and packaging will also reduce carbon footprints by not using massive amounts of oil or natural gas.
Frosta a German-based frozen food business, has been calculating its corporate climate balance by calculating all emissions that occur within the boundaries of its production plants. This initiative started in 2011. There, they learned which areas can be improved on to set specific goals for the future. They started by removing aluminum trays and plastic films in their products. Later on, they introduced a freezing method that helps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
GoodFor offers organic food essentials and plastic-free homeware. Their mission is to let every family fill their kitchen and pantry with healthy food without the unnecessary packages that becomes waste. When shopping in their stores, you either bring your own reusable container or use their paper bag. For liquid or oily ingredients, they use compostable zip lock bags made of cornstarch. If you order online, expect them to arrive packed in 100% home compostable zip lock bags inside a reusable cardboard box that is sealed with paper tape.
Heineken The leading pub, cider, and beer company in the UK, Heineken created a sustainability strategy called Brew a Better World. Their top 3 focus areas are reducing carbon emissions, protecting water resources, and sourcing sustainability. One example is the replacing of plastic rings connecting their beer cans with a heavy-duty, yet environmentally-friendly cardboard holder, the Green Grip, which is 100% recyclable and compostable. This was introduced in 2020 and by this year, 2022, all their single-use consumer plastic packaging are being removed.
Lickalix Founded by a couple in England, Lickalix was a product of their desire to build a business with the right ethics. Their popsicles are handmade and produced from whole fruits, all free from lactose, dairy, gluten and nuts. After a few years since they started, they wanted to turn one of their visions into reality which is to be an environmentally friendly company by reducing their plastic footprint. They partnered with A Plastic Planet to certify Lickalix popsicle films to be 100% compostable and plastic-free. These films will decompose in just 12 weeks.
Sun & Swell Sun & Swell is a company offering organic, plant-based food. They are committed to bring environmentally friendly, sustainable, and healthy snacks to every home and to make their stand as one of the certified B-Corp and 1% for The Planet. Their answer to the massive plastic waste our Earth is facing is its compostable packages that turn back into soil which can be reused within months of entering the waste system.
Us Two Tea is preventing saving its customers from ingesting microplastics by packaging their natural and traditional tea leaves in 100 percent biodegradable sachets. These are made from bleach-free corn fiber that is good for both health and the environment. Microplastics have made their way not only into marine ecosystems but also into the human food chain as well, according to studies.
Whole Foods has been passionate about offering healthy products to their customers since they opened in 1980. Whole Foods is committed to battle food waste and to reduce plastic use. Some of its notable actions include removing single-use plastic bags at checkout since 2008. Customers can choose between a recycled paper bag or a reusable bag (at a very affordable price), which encourages customers to bring their own reusable bags.
We commend these companies for leading the way with their plastic alternatives. Supporting environmentally friendly businesses like these prompts those firms that are on the fence (or intentionally lagging) to also adopt plastic reduction strategies.