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5 Awesome Eco-Friendly Companies Trying to Change the World
Posted on 7th June 2017 in Business
Written by James Marren
To mark #WorldEnvironmentDay and #WorldOceanDay this week, we are shining a light on 5 eco-friendly companies that in their own way are helping change the world for the better. Based in Brighton, the green capital of the UK, we can’t help but be eco-conscious here at FUTRLI. Recycling and energy efficiency is a big thing for us, however, we’re always open to contributing more – so looking at what these 5 eco-friendly companies are doing is inspiring and informative in equal measure.
Possibly the most famous branch of Tesla is the one that produces their eco-friendly, high-performance electric cars that provide a cleaner alternative to other forms of transportation that contribute 27% towards greenhouse gas emissions. Incredibly, the power of these electric vehicles can rival and often outperform many top end petrol cars, going from 0 to 60 in 3.9 secs and offering a potential 256 miles from a full charge of its battery. They are also beautifully designed and are fairly easy and cost-efficient to maintain.
As well as eco-friendly cars, Tesla has created a new type of solar roof that, remarkably, is invisible to the naked eye. They have designed a special tile that is incredibly durable and looks like beautiful traditional slate or even Tuscan terracotta. Made with tempered glass, Solar Roof Tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles. So not only do you save on your electricity bill, you will likely never have to change your roof or pay for maintenance on it again.
2. Beyond Meat
“A revolution is unfolding in the food world, resulting in the first alternatives to meat that taste like the real thing.”
Nicholas Kristof, NY Times
Beyond Meat is a company backed by Bill Gates, that is providing the first genuine alternative to meat that tastes just like the real thing. With agriculture responsible for 18% of the total release of greenhouse gases, a meat alternative that is tasty enough to actually sway the most ardent carnivores could have a hugely positive impact on the race to getting global warming under control. You can check out all their products and the stockists closest to you here.
If you’re not near stockists yet, here are some other recipes for those of you still interested in introducing a meat-free Monday into your diet.
“At Google sustainability is a part of everything we do. Larry Page and Sergey Brin made desks out of sawhorses and doors because that was the most efficient use of existing resources, and built the company’s first disc enclosure out of Lego bricks…”
Probably the best-known company on our list if not in the world, it’s nice to know that the big players are doing their bit when it comes to the environment. Google has been carbon neutral since 2007, and in 2017 they are planning to reach 100% renewable energy for their operations. They’ve invested $2.5 billion in renewable energy projects, and freely share technology that might help others study and respond to environmental challenges. Google has supported and funded green energy projects by buying and installing numerous windmills and solar panels.
4. Bergey WindPower
Brighton in the UK is renowned for its windy weather and a stroll along the sea front quickly blows away any cobwebs. Those with keen eyesight will now be able to spot wind turbines on the horizon when looking out to sea. This new wind farm will build on the fact that in 2016, the UK generated more electricity from wind power than from coal! If this inspires you, how about taking your eco-friendly credentials to the next level and installing your very own personal wind turbine – particularly if you’re based in a windy part of the world? Bergey Windpower has pioneered radically simple design and stood the test of time against competition that has come and gone. If you’re interested in their incredibly reliable and high performing systems you can get a free wind evaluation and find suppliers here. Perhaps you could start living off the grid and even earn a little extra money by selling surplus electricity back to it!
5. The Ocean Cleanup
Ambitious, to say the least, admirable and inspiring also, CEO Boyan Slat, who started The Ocean Cleanup at just 17, dreamed big from the beginning. His ultimate aim is to clean our oceans from the devastating plastic pollution that we dump into it. A non-profit organisation that has captivated the public’s imagination and raised over $31m dollars, has now tested and trialled a prototype and is preparing to start the Pacific cleanup in 2018. Their hope is to capture and remove up to 50% of the Pacific garbage patch in 5years, preventing plastic of 1cm upwards from turning into dangerous microplastic. The Ocean Cleanup may not strictly be a business, but we hope you agree that this non-profit foundation deserves a shout out all the same.