The 10 Most Environmentally Friendly & Sustainable Companies

Day 280 – The mission of Grow Ensemble is to make sustainability and better-for-the-world business practices the norm for both individuals and businesses. They spread awareness of social and environmental issues we face, highlighting the companies and organizations providing solutions to these issues, and inviting the community to engage with these solutions daily. They exist to encourage all of us to take actions every day to ensure a life of dignity for all people, protect the planet that sustains us, and support those who make sustainable living possible. They are also a member of 1% for the Planet.

Grow Ensemble has come out with the list of the 10 Most Environmentally Friendly and Sustainable Companies. However, before we get to the list, lets look at what make a company environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Here’s how Grow Ensemble defines an environmentally friendly company:

For companies that we consider eco-friendly, sustainability is central every step of the way: from transparent and ethical sourcing of raw materials, to environmentally-friendly practices in manufacturing, to packaging and shipping, to diverting landfill waste at the end of their product’s life.

Eco-friendly companies go beyond their products in their fight against climate change. They each continue the fight in their own unique way as well. They take action to preserve the planet through environmental policy advocacy, promoting environmental awareness and local participation in conservation efforts,  partnering with other movements and organizations and more!” – Grow Ensemble

Many of the companies listed have been highlighted in previous posts.

  1. Patagonia – Outdoor clothing company
  2. Seventh Generation – The paper, personal care, and cleaning product company
  3. A Good Company – Everyday products
  4. New Belgium Brewing – Craft Brewery
  5. Pela – Phone cases
  6. Dr. Bronner’s -Organic soaps and personal care products
  7. Preserve – toothbrushes, razors, plastic tableware and more
  8. Numi Organic Tea – Organic tea
  9. Rogue Creamery – Organic cheeses
  10. West Paw – Pet toys

Finding an environmentally friendly company is becoming easier and easier. However, don’t fall for companies with false claims of being “green” and sustainable. Make sure you do a little homework. A great place to start, when finding companies that are putting the planet before profits is the B-Corporation directory.

Vote with your dollars!

Tomorrow, making sense of the recent Illinois’ environmental legislation.

Sustainable Pet Products

Day 272 – All year I have been sharing eco-friendly products to help you on your way to a more sustainable lifestyle. Well, that doesn’t stop when it comes to your pets. Today, I’m writing about two companies that offer pet products that are good for your pet and the planet. I would also like to add that both these companies are Certified B Corporations. YES!

West Paw., located in Bozeman, Montana, is on a mission to create the best pet products possible. They choose eco-friendly materials and processes whenever they can. They keep waste out of landfills, chemicals out of soil and water, and toxins out of their products, all while guaranteeing durable, beautiful toys and beds your pets will love. West Paw has created a material called Zogoflex.

“Zogoflex is made to last. After your dog’s favorite toy has been thoroughly loved, chewed on, retrieved, carried, buried, dug up, and cuddled, just send it back to West Paw. Old toys are sanitized, ground up, and fed back into our machine to make completely new, bouncy, bright Zogoflex toys. Nothing diminishes Zogoflex’s strength—it can literally be recycled infinitely.”West Paw

They also have a line of toys, bowls and mats made from Seaflex. Seaflex is made from ocean-bound plastic.

Another pet company trying to do their part to help the planet is P.L.A.Y. Located in San Francisco, California, P.L.A.Y. offers dog beds, toys and accessories. P.L.A.Y. uses PlanetFill polyfiber, which is made from plastic bottles, to make their beds. They keep packaging to a minimum and use tags made from paper that is certified safe by the Forest Stewardship Council. P.L.A.Y. also offers dog bed covers that can be stuffed with your old towels, garments, or even bed filler from an old dog bed. When you fill your own bed you can easily wash the cover and filling to help the bed last longer and reduce waste.

P.L.A.Y. also gives back to numerous charities.

The next time your furry friend needs a new toy, bed or accessory, consider supporting a company that is putting the planet first.

Tomorrow, composting pilot program coming to a Chicago neighborhood.