Using products made from sustainable materials or manufactured through sustainable processes can reduce your impact on the environment. The next time you go shopping, look for these products. Choosing them could help you make the world a better place.
Sierra Nevada Beer
You might not equate brewing beer with saving the planet, but Sierra Nevada has combined these two pursuits in every conceivable way.
Sierra Nevada creates 20 percent of its own power needs with 10,573 solar panels. The company also has hydrogen fuel cells that create about 40 percent of the brewery’s energy needs which is an extremely an inventive way to make its factory more sustainable. Sierra Nevada doesn’t stop there. Some other innovative measures include:
Composting organic waste to fertilize the company’s gardens and fields
Using the CO2 produced through fermentation in its factory
Convertible its restaurant’s used vegetable oil into biofuel for its fleet of delivery trucks
Not many companies make that kind of commitment to the environment. Think about that the next time you go out for a six-pack
3M’s Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Sponge
Tequila makers have to grow agave plants for about ten years before they can harvest them. That’s a lot of resources for a margarita. Until recently, the companies just squeezed juice from the plants. Then they pitched the leftovers into landfills.
3M found a better use for leftover agave plants, though. The company’s Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Sponge is made of natural fibers taken from the agave plant. Now tequila makers don’t have to fill dumps with their leftovers. Instead, 3M turns it into a useful household product.
Ecologic Brands Packaging
Most companies that make packaging also create a huge drain on the world’s resources. Ecologic Brands is trying to change that by stepping up and creating new technologies that make packaging friendly to the environment.
The company’s first product was a molded paper bottle. The bottle has an outer shell made of 100 percent recycled paper (newspapers and cardboard). The inner pouch uses 70 percent less plastic than most bottles.
Once you’re done with the container, you can recycle the inner plastic lining. Even better, you can compost the shell or put it in your paper recycling bin.
What happens to plastic and metal frames when you’re done with them? They typically sit in a landfill for hundreds of years (if not longer). Proof Eyewear has a better idea: frames made of wood. This Idaho company has a serious commitment to sustainability, and its wood eyeglass frames are made from sustainably grown materials.
The company even donates a portion of each sale to a non-profit that builds eye centers in India. It doesn’t want to stop there, either. It’s constantly on the lookout for new ways to give back to the local and international community. Proof has gotten attention from plenty of big stars, including Beyoncé and Snoop Lion, who you probably know better as Snoop Dogg.
What are some of your favorite sustainable brands? Are you willing to pay a little more money because a company focuses on sustainable practices?