When the world's biggest companies make a green shift, this change is measurable.
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Rebecca: Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility. However, when major corporations such as Frito-Lay, Nike, Dell or Staples takes steps to reduce its carbon footprint the impact is not only significant but measurable. Hi I'm Rebecca and welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’ll be exploring green practices being implemented by several multi-national corporations across multiple industries. There are varieties of innovative solutions being implemented by companies big and small, local and global in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. An obvious effort by car companies is the popularization of hybrid and electric vehicles which both reduce emissions into our atmosphere. Energy savings—conserving energy is one important step towards sustainability. Staples’ business depot the retail office supply chain was able to cut down on energy consumption in their stores by implementing a program called lights out starting in 2007. During hot summer months, the lighting in their stores is moderated and as a result the building is kept cooler with less air-conditioning. The resulting energy savings from only one year of the program was enough to power 90 homes for one year. Green packaging. Packaging is one of today’s biggest concerns with consumer products. Attempts to reduce or eliminate packaging all together are not always cost-effective or practical. The Pepsi Co subsidiary Frito-Lay has done its part by introducing a 100% compostable bag for its Sun Chips brand. After four years of development the bag was introduced in 2010. The first packaging of its kind in the snack food world, this bag is made primarily from plant-based renewable materials derived from starch. This allows it to break down in active compost in roughly 14 weeks. The bag was even certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute, which is the only internationally recognized labeling program. Highlighting the importance of composting this initiative was encouragement for the entire snack food industry to develop and apply ecologically friendly practices. Along with their efforts in sustainable packaging, Frito-Lay has also reduced waste, water and energy consumption and emissions in their manufacturing and distribution processes. Since 1999, the company has managed to save 5.4 billion liters of water. They’ve also put into place a program that sees their shipping cartons reused 5 or 6 times before being recycled with over 40 million cartons being recycled to date. The bottled water industry is one that is constantly working to improve their effects of the environment with regards to packaging. Biodegradable bottles made from corn breakdown if they end up in a landfill. Another packaging effort made by Peps Co is their eco-Fina bottle for their Aqua Fina Water. This bottle uses half as much plastic as their previous models. Launched in 2009, this switch saves the company 75 million pounds of plastic annually. Recycling Programs. Computer equipment is notoriously difficult and expensive to dispose. In 2006, Dell was the first company in the industry to offer a recycling program for their old products. The program has expanded and used working computers can be donated to non-profit organizations. Green Products. Textile production has also infamously rough on the environment. As a huge corporation, Nike recognizes their impact on the planet. Because of this, they created a shoe made from factory scraps. Brought to market in 2008, the sole of the trash talk shoe was ground up rubber from a show recycling program they had previously implemented. Reuse a shoe started in 1993 as a program that recovers old shoes and repurposes them into playgrounds, basketball courts, running tracks and other sport services. From simply shutting off the lights to creating a product that requires less packaging to reducing carbon output, the efforts made the world’s biggest corporations can have an immense effect on the future of the planet.