For the fourth straight year the greenest overall retailer in Greenopia's Environmental Retailer Guide was Ikea. The Swedish retail giant is a paragon of what a brand can do when it sets its mind to be greener.
A complicated issue when assessing a company's green performance is choosing the criteria on which to focus: emissions, water, toxicity, waste, energy and/or social concerns. It would be great if they tended to line up, but this is rarely the case.
Although pet food companies have been slow to improve their environmental footprints, they have been progressive about updating formulas. But this doesn't mean that it's any easier to find the healthiest pet foods at the grocery store.
Given that the fast food industry is over a $100 billion dollar enterprise, we encourage that when you have to grab a quick bite to eat, do so at a chain that is making a true effort to minimize its impact on the environment.
Like everything we consume, beer has an environmental footprint -- sometimes a significant one. The good news is that there are breweries, big and small, that are doing their part to consume less while making sure the beers still taste great.