6 Ways Corporations Can Fight Climate Change

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6 Ways Corporations Can Fight Climate Change

The Earth’s climate is now changing faster than ever, affecting every country and impacting human lives in many ways. Basically, climate change is knocking on our door, determined to come in. The analyses and studies have painted a concerning picture for the future. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is likely to cause about 250 000 additional deaths per year due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress, according to the World Health Organization.

Temperatures and sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, greenhouse gas emissions are at their highest levels in history and the oceans are full of plastic. Climate crisis affects us all, but here is the good part: if we work together, there is still time to turn things around. Take a look at the 6 ways corporations can combat climate change:

 

1. Grow their own food

Google is known for its fun workplace. You have certainly heard of this company’s massive slides.  But more than that, Google is focusing its efforts towards a sustainable business environment. The tech giant company has a 40-foot shipping container built by Freight Farms on its Mountain View campus, called the Leafy Green Machine. This is the highlight of the program called “Farm to Table.”

This machine is essentially an organic garden that uses a restored refrigerated shipping container, pink LED lights and nutrient-rich water to grow food. The plants grow sideways, and it takes approximately 3 weeks to go from seed to harvest. The Leafy Green Machine can grow a variety of herbs such as sage, thyme, basil, and even lettuce. But do you know which is the coolest part? They grow without soil. This type of garden is more efficient than traditional agriculture. The idea is to show employees how food is grown and to provide food that gives them energy.

 

planting vegetables

2. Solar roofs

Solar energy is a renewable source that does not consume the Earth’s resources. Solar roofs made up of solar tiles are one of the newest concepts in solar technology, developed by Tesla. These roofs work just like solar panels do, by turning sunlight into electricity, but they are easier to install. Solar panels need to be drilled onto a roof through existing shingles to guarantee waterproofness, while solar shingles require zero drillings. They are not anymore an extension of the roof, but the roof itself.

Tesla’s solar roofs were invented because Elon Musk wanted to offer solar products with stunning aesthetics, great durability, insulation and of course, clean energy generation. Tesla is making sure that the tiles fit together with the rest of the roof for an overall sleek design. The solar roofs come with top-notch insulating underlayment and integrated air gaps, which will keep your home cool and comfortable. Not to mention that the hidden solar cells within the tiles will cut down your electric bill.

ixing solar roofs

 

3. Trade-in programs

Do you have a bunch of electronics that you no longer use and just gather dust? With trade-in programs, you can get rid of your old devices and receive credit toward your next purchase, gift cards, or even cash. This way you can do something good for the planet too.

One such example is Apple’s trade-in program. You have the possibility to trade-in any Apple device, and if it’s relatively new and in decent condition, you’ll get credit for your next purchase or an Apple Store gift card (link pe Apple Store gift card – https://www.apple.com/shop/trade-in) you can use anytime. If your device is not in a good shape, Apple will send it to its recycling partner for free, and if it’s an iPhone, it could go to a disassembly robot called Daisy, that can recover the resources inside.

laptop, tablet, phone

4. Green Walls

Green walls have become a popular choice in recent years. They are incorporating living nature into urban habitats and have many benefits. Besides the aesthetic improvements, green walls reduce the urban heat island effect, they mitigate air pollution levels, improve energy efficiency, protect building structures and reduce noise. According to the UN Environment, buildings and construction together account for 36% of global final energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, so green walls are a great solution.

GSky Plant Systems is an award-winning global provider of green walls, which can bring nature to your project. Their vision is to incorporate living green spaces into everyday places where people live and work. They currently have more than 800 green walls installed or under construction, representing almost 270,000 square feet in 19 countries. GSky Plant Systems offered some amazing green walls to companies like American Express, Hyundai Capital, Microsoft, Alphabet (Google), Estee Lauder, Toyota, and Twitter.

office green wall

5. Reusing clothing

It’s no longer a secret that clothing waste is a huge environmental problem. Did you know that each American gets rid of 70 – 80 pounds of clothes every year?  According to the World Economic Forum, in the last 15 years, the fashion industry has doubled production. The time clothing is worn before it’s thrown away has decreased by approximately 40%.  After the clothes are ditched, 73% will be burned or will end up in a landfill. Around 12% will be collected for recycling and less than 1% will be used to produce new clothing.

Don’t you think reusing clothes would be a good idea? Not only for your pockets, but also the environment. According to WRAP, we can reduce the related water, waste and carbon footprints with 20% to 30% each by keeping our clothing in use for nine extra months. Patagonia is a great example that encourages the consumption of used items. They think that if a good-quality Patagonia product isn’t used anymore, it should find a second home. Patagonia’s Worn Wear program offers an affordable price, so people can purchase clothing that comes from costumers’ closets and garages or the company’s distribution center. There is also the option where you can trade something in and buy another worn item with your credit or you can get a Worn Wear Merchandise Credit worth up to $100.

stack of clothes

6. Tackle plastic pollution

Plastic pollution is now the biggest threat to the oceans and it has already started to affect our health. Plastic is a material that our planet cannot digest, a petroleum product. If we want to reduce our collective plastic footprint, we must divest from fossil fuels. According to HP’s 2018 Sustainable Impact Report, by 2050 there will be more plastic, by weight, than fish in the oceans. Not less than 20,000 plastic bottles are produced every second. Can you imagine? 8 million tons of plastic waste leaks into the ocean from coastal nations every year.

But fortunately, there are companies that fight against this problem such as HP (Hewlett-Packard), which is recognized as one of the world’s most sustainable companies. Through 2018, HP has manufactured more than 4.2 billion HP ink and toner cartridges using as much as 107,000 tones of recycled plastic. They say that in order to fight against collaboration within and between industries is critical. In 2016, HP launched an amazing program in Haiti in partnership with their supplier partners and the First Mile Coalition to help tackle plastic pollution in oceans. Currently, they have managed to build a completely functioning ocean-bound plastics supply chain.

plastic bottles on a beach

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts about what corporations should do to fight climate change. 

 


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