You might have picked up on it already, but the environment currently is a hot topic in Belgium. Since the 10th of January, youngsters skip school every Thursday and demonstrate in the streets of big cities such as Liège, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven. They do so because they want politicians to take action. Above all, youngsters and students demonstrate because they want
So, this might be the perfect time to focus our attention on green retailers and brands that try their hardest to care for Mother Earth and her resources. Ready to get green?
Ecover – Belgium
This Belgian retailer makes products such as detergent, laundry detergent, and products for personal hygiene. All of these products contain biodegradable ingredients of plant-based origin such as coconut oil, aloe vera or rapeseed oil . Above all, the minerals in their cleaning products are extremely gentle on sensitive skin.
The detergent is packed in plastic – you might already think that that is not very green. But, that’s what’s different about Ecover. Their packaging is made out of 100% recycled and recyclable plastic. To stop the plastic soup in our oceans, their bottles contain ‘plant plastic’ which is made out renewable materials like sugar cane.
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100% Geniaal onze nieuwe afwasmiddel fles. In plastic. 100% gerecycleerd en 100% recycleerbaar. Of 100% geniaal. Staande ovatie. 100% Génial. Voici notre nouvelle bouteille de liquide vaisselle, entièrement fabriqué en plastique recyclé et recyclable. Double check. #LETSLIVECLEAN #ecover #recycled #recycledplastics #singleuseplastic #borninbelgium
And their green thoughts are not just visible in their selection of products. Their philosophy and mission statement also reflect their vision of taking care of the planet. Not only do they fight for cleaner plastic, water and resources. Ecover also believes in a clean business: solely being profitable is not the goal of their existence. Above all, they are strong advocates for honesty and transparency.
We are committed to healthy people, a healthy planet and a healthy business, and our latest B Corp score reflects all of our efforts.Drew Fraser – CEO of People Against Dirty
Ecover is clearly on a mission to change the world. They do not only try to produce greener products but they try to change the reasoning of our entire society. We can all make a difference.
Dick Moby – the Netherlands
The Dutch company Dick Moby started its adventure by trying to make something positive out of all the plastic waste in the world. Back in 2014, founders Tim and
From the frames to the leather covers and the cleaning cloths, sustainability is at the core of Dick Moby. Hence why the brand, for the production of their eyewear,
The black frames specifically are for 97% produced out of recycled acetate; Dick Moby makes the
We can clearly say that Dick Moby tries its hardest to reduce
La Maison Simons – Canada
The fashion retailer, based in Quebec, has been getting a lot of attention the last year, and more specifically in a good way. Last year in March, La Maison Simons opened its first net zero energy store. Yes, you read that right: net zero energy.
The store, with its 80,000 square feet, was formerly a space operated by American retailer Target. La Maison Simons however, completely changed the outlook and the carbon footprint of the building by implementing the latest green technologies.
In an effort to reduce the store’s energy consumption, a total of 27 geothermal boreholes were drilled into the ground under the parking lot — a pump pulls heat from the ground to heat the store or for cooling, extracts heat from the store and sends it back into the ground.Craig Patterson – Retail Insider
When revealing the news of a high-tech
A green revolution
The environment – and the impact of humanity on it – frequently pops up in the news. It is then no wonder that retailers start to take action in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Many businesses want to have a positive (less harmful) impact on the environment and they really try their hardest.
Are you up to follow the example of these green retailers? And if yes, what are the most important steps according to you? Don’t forget to share this post with your retail colleagues. And, as always, we’re happy to hear what you think.