Nowadays, being environmentally responsible is more than just an option: it's a must. This seems to be the conclusion reached both by your average Joes and plain Janes, and major corporations world-wide.
Interestingly enough, on-line retail companies are also starting to invest more in managing their affairs in as green a manner as possible, and apparently Nike, Yahoo, Adobe, Intel and Dell take the lead when it comes to keeping the damage done to the environment down to a minimum.
explains what makes these companies so praise-worthy from an environmentalist point of view.
Sportswear manufacturer Nike
strikes the public as a highly environmentally responsible company, willing to spare no efforts in its attempts to give something back to the natural world.
Thus, as well as having its headquarters in Belgium and the Netherlands run entirely on energy coming from renewable sources, Nike is also extremely involved in monitoring and constantly improving on its carbon emissions and water use.
Second to Nike comes Yahoo
, a company that both encourages ordinary folk to go green by using the information found on its yahoo.com/green website, and strives to make greener decisions itself.
Presently, most of its data centers use renewable energy sources to carry on with their daily routine, and future development plans for the company include building new data centers in those parts of the world where the weather allows for not having to use AC to cool off. Adobe
is also very much interested in properly dealing with its waste, its office building operations and its product packaging. The perfect example for their being actively involved in protecting the environment is the fact that one of the company's headquarters, the one in San Jose, California, has employees who are in the business of recycling and composting.
Coming fourth on our list, Intel
also focuses on going against waste and toxins by intense recycling and seeking greener alternatives to harmful substances. As well as this, they also seem to be quite big fans of alternative energies, as 50% of their requirements in this particular area are dealt with by using renewable sources.
makes it to our top as a result of the plans made to diminish its gas emissions by 40% until 2015. Moreover, Dell has successfully manufactured brand-new computers using recycled plastic.
All in all, we can only be glad that such powerful corporations are keeping tabs on how their actions affect the natural world and that efforts are made not to harm the environment more than it is absolutely necessary.