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September 26, 2012

Lately it’s caught my attention that “Going Green” is often labeled a “trend.” But everyday, more and more people are joining in on the fight to help clean up our environment. Because of this, I think it is unfair for the green movement to be labeled as such.  It’s here to stay. Going Green often conjures images of small businesses, local activists, and perhaps politicians using it as a campaign platform. But what you may not have noticed…big corporations are also working hard to preserve our environment. Several of them, are doing it right here in mid-Missouri.  Check it out below, and click the links to read more about each business’ Green Platform:

UNIQUE WAYS BIG CORPORATIONS ARE GOING GREEN IN MID-MO

(locations in Columbia, Moberly, Booneville, Mexico)

This past summer the company announced a new $50 million Environmental Business initiative.  Some of the unique green aspects of the company include: steady paper usage reduction over the past few years, running an internal recycling program that saves roughly 200,000 trees in their operation, and employees are offered a $3,000 cash back reward if they purchase a hybrid car.

(well lets be honest…they’re everywhere)

McDonalds consistently teams up with PETA to focus its efforts into becoming more humane and friendly to the products used in their operation.  More impressive, though, the oil used to make those fires and nuggets tasty (but maybe not so healthy) during the 2012 Olympics in London was converted into biodiesel to fuel their delivery trucks.  It’s a common trend across the Atlantic though, McDonald’s UK has been doing it since 2010.  The environmental impact is the equivalent to removing about 2,400 cars from roads each year.

(locations in Columbia and Osage Beach)

What was once known as the “anti-green” company is now making strong strides in protecting the environment.  After being criticized for using wood from trees in old-growth rainforest, the company now operates on a “no old-growth sales” policy. Keeping rainforests in tact and helping you to build your home with wood you know is abundant.

(locations in Columbia, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Osage Beach)

The well-known school/business supplies company has its own line of innovative, Green Seal-certified and EPA-registered cleaning solutions, called Sustainable Earth. These products are not only less harmful to the planet they clean better and offer greater cost-in-use savings than traditional cleaners. Staples also has more than 2,000 paper items with post-consumer recycled content including Staples brand recycling paper.

(similar to McDonalds, it’s hard to walk down a street and not pass one)

The coffee giant uses coffee cup sleeves made of recycled paper.  It has a big impact … saving roughly 78,000 trees per year since 2006. Additionally, since 2011 the company has brought in $14.7 million in loans to be given to farmers (2015 goal is $20 million).  In that same time, they’ve decreased energy use by 7.5%.

(locations in Columbia, Jefferson City, Osage Beach)

In 2010, the company unveiled recycling kiosks in stores, giving guests an easy way to recycle cans, glass, plastic bottles, plastic bags, MP3 players, ink cartridges and cell phones right in their local store. Also, Each time a guest buys something, Target offers a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag they use. The company claims since the start, guests have used more than 80 million reusable bags instead of paper or plastic.

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