Top Green Companies

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    American consumers have been making greener buying decisions. Sales of green cleaning products, for example, have quadrupled since 2003.Here’s a list of the greenest brands Americans choose when making their shopping decisions, according to research by brand experts at WPP Group. Photo Credit: seanmcgrath
    1. Green Works
  • 1. Green Works

    Eco-friendly products can often cost substantially more than their traditional versions, especially considering premium green cleaning brands like Method and Seventh Generation.But Clorox Green Works (Stock Quote: CLX) products may be a more affordable option that also promises to break down safely and quickly to avoid harming the environment. What’s more, many Green Works products are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment program which recognizes choices that are safe for the environment and for children.Clorox Green Works products are made from natural sources like coconuts and lemons, they work just as well as traditional products on most cleaning jobs, they’re biodegradable and packed in recyclable bottles, Clorox says.Photo Credit: Clorox
    2. Burt's Bees
  • 2. Burt's Bees

    “Our chemists are trained in the traditional fields of chemistry and botany with special learning and expertise in the area of natural personal care,” says this environmentally friendly beauty products maker. And thanks to their green chemists, Burt’s Bees’ fragrant cleansers and moisturizers are free of corrosive ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in traditional soaps, shampoos and other cleansers. Instead, the company says, it uses a combination of coconut oil and cornstarch for foamy lather, for example, and it continues to look for natural ingredients that create just the right amount of suds, creaminess and fragrance.And those products that aren’t 100% natural are labeled with a “natural bar” indicating what percentage of the product is made from natural ingredients. Photo Credit: bargainmoose
    3. Tom's of Maine
  • 3. Tom's of Maine

    This natural toothpaste and deodorant maker says it saves 250,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year by using sensor-controlled fluorescent energy-saving fixtures, re-uses cardboard boxes and “recycle[s] aluminum tubes, cardboard, folding cartons, mixed paper, and even challenging items such as shrink wrap,” amounting to about 300,000 pounds per year. Additionally, Tom’s products are vegetarian and don’t contain any artificial preservatives, coloring, or fragrances, the company says. It also aims to contribute to environmental and economic sustainability, use environmentally-friendly packaging, and avoid animal testing. And ingredients are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, the company says. Photo Credit: Tom’s of Maine
    4. SC Johnson
  • 4. SC Johnson

    This household products maker says it’s slashed its greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by 17% since 2005. In addition, it uses trash, waste palm shells and wind to run its facilities in order to cut its emissions and use of fossil fuels. SC Johnson has also come up with small energy conserving methods like packing trucks more effectively, it’s phasing out the use of certain potentially-harmful phthalates and has stopped using PVCs in packaging. SC Johnson has also made a concerted effort to provide consumers with more details on the ingredients used in its products.Photo Credit: SC Johnson
    5. Toyota
  • 5. Toyota

    Since the launch of its gas-electric hybrid car, the Prius, in 1997, Toyota Motor (Stock Quote: TM) has lowered the environmental emissions as well as fuel costs for millions of drivers.“…We spend an average of nearly one million dollars an hour on [research and development] to develop the cars and technologies of the future - cars that deliver higher fuel economy with lower vehicle emissions," the company boasts. "We will continue to invest in R&D, moving even closer to our vision of the ultimate eco-car.”Last year, more Toyota vehicles running on gas made a list of the Greenest Vehicles of 2008 than vehicles from other automakers, the company says. Photo Credit: Toyota
    6. Procter & Gamble
  • 6. Procter & Gamble

    Procter & Gamble (Stock Quote: PG) has been working to minimize the impact of its products and packaging on the environment throughout all stages including “design, manufacture, distribution, use and disposal,” the company says. P&G has a dedicated Environmental Science Department which focuses on the environmental effects and safety of the company’s products and coming up with new methods of development and evaluation. Photo Credit: Procter & Gamble
    7. Wal-Mart
  • 7. Wal-Mart

    Even small environmental moves by this retail giant (Stock Quote: WMT) can be felt worldwide. It has reduced product packaging and uses recycled materials, and it facilitates electronics recycling programs taking back TVs, DVD players and other consumer electronics. This discount retailer is also surveying its more than 100,000 suppliers worldwide, asking about their environmental policies and impact on the environment in areas including power consumption, natural resources, climate, efficiency, people and community. Additionally, the company says that about half of its corrugated boxes are made using energy that’s 35% hydroelectric.Photo Credit: Wal-Mart
    8. Ikea
  • 8. Ikea

    One of the simpler and more obvious qualities of Ikea furniture is actually one of the ways the retailer keeps costs low. “Our furniture has always been shipped in flat packs which means we get more items on trucks, boats or trains, so we make fewer journeys, use less fuel and create fewer emissions,” the company notes. And in addition to gas savings, the company aims to use renewable energy in all of its buildings, using wind power, solar power, biofuels and geothermal energy to increase its energy efficiency by 25% from 2005.Ikea even says all of the delivery companies it works with as well as all of its company cars will go green by 2010.Photo Credit: Ikea
    9. Disney
  • 9. Disney

    Along with the release of its movie, Earth, Disney (Stock Quote: DIS) and The Nature Conservancy joined forces to plant 2.7 million trees in the endangered Atlantic Forest of Brazil. That was in honor of every ticket sold during the movie’s first week in theaters, the company says.And earlier this year, the Walt Disney Company set goals to reduce its impact on water and ecosystems and cut emissions, waste, electricity and fuel use. The company has already started using energy-saving fixtures like compact fluorescent lamps and LED lights.And we can’t forget the impact of recycling by such a corporate giant. In 2007 alone, the company recycled 1,048 tons of scrap metal; about 1.3 million pounds of cooking grease and 14 million pounds of cardboard. Leftover prepared food is given to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and manure from Disney’s Animal Kingdom contributes to the production of 542,000 pounds of compost per day, the company says.Photo Credit: Disney
    10. Dove
  • 10. Dove

    Dove’s parent company Unilever garnered some negative attention last year for its use of palm oil, which is a major cause of deforestation. But since then, the company has promised to get all of its palm oil from certified sustainable sources by 2015. It also aims to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 25% by the year 2012. “Sustainable sourcing is one of the many issues we keep under review. The deforestation caused by palm oil cultivation, and its potential to limit our supplies and harm our reputation, drove us to seek more sustainable options,” the company has said.Photo Credit: audi_insperation
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