One of the biggest trends to have come from 2020 is making an effort to become more sustainable and eco-friendly in almost every aspect of day-to-day living.
The coronavirus pandemic birthed a new movement all about reducing our carbon footprint and saving the environment. As many were left at home to their own devices, it wasn’t long before a few realized just how much waste we create buying, using and disposing of products.
Ordering online became a big thing, and so did the effort to go more eco-friendly when shopping. There are so many good brands out there that have made the conscious effort to become cleaner alongside brands created purely with the environment in mind.
Starting with a clever tech company called Transparent
The precious materials found in abandoned computers, cellphones, tablets, and other electronic garbage have a potential yearly value of over $60 billion worldwide, causing a drain on resources. This is worsened by what is known as “planned obsolescence,” in which firms purposefully reduce the lifespan of devices or make them impossible to fix.
Transparent, a Swedish speaker manufacturer, is on a quest to become “the first circular tech brand” by creating timeless, modular devices that can be upgraded indefinitely as new technologies arise – now that’s clever technology.
2. Beyond Meat
The meat industry is a significant contributor to our current climate status. Going plant-based has never been more on-trend and essential than now.
Beyond Meat creates delicious plant-based “meat” options that are healthier than the carnivorous options as well as being environmentally friendly and more animal conscious. These products are known for their real meat taste and texture and are a popular substitute in restaurants.
3. Who Gives A C**p
At the start of COVID-19, nobody knew how long they would be stuck at home, so the obvious thing to do was to stock up on the essentials. Watching others buy car-loads of toilet paper put into perspective the impact of this staple on the environment.
Who Gives A Crap offers toilet paper 100% plastic-free and made from 100% bamboo or recycled paper. 50% of profits are donated to building toilets for the less fortunate.
Patagonia is known as the world’s most successful activewear retailer. They have everything you need no matter the type of adventure you’re going on, and what’s even better is that they’re all about going green.
With repair centres positioned worldwide, designed to extend the longevity of their products, their carbon footprint has been significantly reduced. They’re not 100% there, but they are making a solid effort to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
5. Wipro EcoEnergy
Wipro EcoEnergy may not be a name you have heard before, but this company is taking tremendous steps towards being a green business and saving the environment. They partner with companies to help them reduce their carbon footprints and energy wastage, saving the company a small fortune whilst also helping the environment.
Thinx is a brand that has been created to help women and the environment. Once a month, every woman experiences their period. An individual can go through around 11 000 disposable pads and tampons in a lifetime. Multiply that by the number of women globally, and you have some severe damage to the environment.
Pads and tampons are not always made of disposable/compostable materials, causing them to impact our environmental situation significantly. Thinx makes period-proof panties that still look and feel like regular underwear. Their product has been specially designed to hold up to four tampons worth of menstrual fluid.
This product has been designed carefully and consciously by using sustainable fabrics. Did we mention they’re 100% washable and reusable?
Pela is all about replacing everyday products that generally end up in a landfill with 100% biodegradable alternatives. They stock everything from smartwatch bands to air pod cases and sunglasses. All products are made of biodegradable and compostable materials and free of BPA, lead, cadmium, and phthalates.
8. YES STRAWS
Straws are a significant contributor to the pollution that covers our Earth. They are one of the most frequently found things on beaches and cause the death of thousands of fish and animals.
YesStraws produces 100% biodegradable straws made from natural materials. They use raw materials from sustainable sources, like wheat and cane stems which are fast-growing, compostable, and biodegradable.
It’s the little things that have the most significant impact.
9. Native Shoes
Every year over 300 million pairs of shoes end up in landfills. Native Shoes are one of the front-runners when it comes to manufacturers trying to lower this number. They use creative manufacturing techniques and vegan materials that are 100% biodegradable to lighten their carbon footprint.
Just throw them in the compost if you ever grow out of them!
10. Numi Tea
Tea is massive in the UK, making the waste it leaves behind ever bigger. From packaging to production, the tea industry is guilty of contributing to the environmental crisis.
Numi has a holistic approach to their tea brand and saving the environment. From sustainable packaging to making donations to environmental nonprofits to tracking carbon emissions during the production process, this company has everything covered.
They are also a significant part of OSC2 (One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community), a group of influential CEOs looking to make the business world more sustainable.
These brands, big or small, play a massive role in spreading awareness about our current environmental situation. If more companies were to climb on board to make this world greener, we’d be able to create a safer and healthier world for future generations.