Throughout 2018, various businesses and organizations made it publicly known that they were looking to reduce their environmental footprint. Whether it was through reducing waste and striving to create a more circular economy, eliminating single-use plastics or by reducing carbon emissions across their fleets, many businesses across the corporate sector stepped up their efforts in the last year.
A recent Fast Company report looks at some of the most “exciting” corporate sustainability moves made in 2018. Some of the initiatives include McDonald’s and Starbucks teaming up to develop a compostable coffee cup, a new pledge by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to develop a circular economy for plastic and Apple’s conversion to clean energy at its facilities.
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In times of political inaction at the national level in the U.S., people anxious for positive news have been looking to businesses and the corporate sector to step up.
And, pleasantly, many have delivered.
First off, a lot of them said no thank to single-use plastic. This year, inspired by a push from a broad coalition of activist groups, Starbucks pledged to phase out single-use plastic straws by 2020. Other major players like American Airlines and McDonald’s are makings similar shifts. McDonald’s and Starbucks are also teaming up to develop a compostable coffee cup. Through a new pledge launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 250 organizations, including brands like H&M, PepsiCo, and Unilever, as well as the World Economic Forum and 40 academic institutions, will work together to develop a circular economy for plastic. The aim is to shift away from plastic when unnecessary, and ensure that all that is used is recycled. By 2025, they want all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable–and not end up in the oceans or landfill, where it harms environments.