“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” - Thomas Fuller
Sometimes companies go above and beyond for one of the best holidays out there: Earth Day. Who knew saving the planet could be so fun? We did because we’re all about doing our part to go green. Recycling? Oh yea. Reducing waste? Of course. Saying no to straws when we can? Absolutely. Cutting emissions by walking, cycling, or carpooling to work? That’s us. But these three companies went a little above and beyond in 2019 so here’s to them. And here’s to 2020 being even greener because saving the planet isn’t a trend, it’s a necessity.
As a certified B corporation, apparel company Tentree is on a mission to save our mother. We’re related? Yes, surprise. No – we’re talking about mother earth. They celebrate Earth Day everyday by planting 10 trees for every purchase made, but on April 22nd, they took it a step further. Just check out their Instagram. With 12.7 million likes and counting, if their “Double tap to plant a tree” post reaches 20 million likes, they will plant a total of 1 million trees. One. Million. You have till Friday April 26th to get your likes in so if you haven’t done so yet, now is the time.
What’s more? Each item is made of sustainable fabric, and they believe in fair and ethical treatment during their manufacturing processes. So yes, we love this company, and we want you to too.
The leaves are turning green. Really, they are. Apple turned some of their locations’ logos green for Earth Day, but the green initiatives didn’t stop there. They’ve announced the expansion of their recycling programs and have quadrupled the number of locations that users can send their iPhones to for Apple’s robot Daisy to disassemble and recycle.
How fast can Daisy work? Faster than we’ve ever worked in our lives: at the rate of 200 disassembled iPhones per hour. That’s a lot of recycling. So long landfills. You won’t be seeing our iPhones in the ocean anytime soon. Apple is always on the cutting edge, but their green missions are better than any new rollout they could ever come up with.
You may have heard of their “Green Up” campaign which encourages customers to nominate their favorite environmental nonprofit to get a grant of *drumroll please* $20k. Your favorite didn’t win? Maybe they were a runner up. Three runner ups were granted $5k. But wait, that’s not all… when customers nominate, they’re automatically entered into a drawing to have “offsets totaling 3.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions retired in their name” by partnering with Carbonfund.org. So that’s pretty cool if you ask us.
Going green may be trending with companies, but it should also be trending with each and every one of us every single day. Here’s how you can do your part while at the office.