One of the growing topics of conversation among almost all business sectors is that of becoming more sustainable and eco-friendly. With only a finite amount of resources in the world, it is imperative that big businesses, many of whom are the biggest consumers of these resources, act in a responsible way for the benefit of the larger population. So, what are some industries that can incorporate more eco-friendly practices into their respective businesses?
- The Transportation Industry
- The Clothing Industry
- The Energy Industry
- The Agriculture Industry
The Transportation Industry
Although no one knows the exact timeline it will follow, there is consensus that fossil fuels will eventually run out. Society is using them at a far greater rate than they are being naturally created. To address this, the transportation industry must seek out alternative fuels as well as promoting more sustainable means of transportation. This includes suggestions such as electric vehicles powered by renewable energy and building out our existing public transportation infrastructure.
The Clothing Industry
From start to finish, the process of making clothing is highly energy intensive. From harvesting the necessary crops, to processing it, dying it, then forming the material into a usable product, thousands of kilowatt hours and hundreds of gallons of water can go into the creation of a single shirt. One way to help make the clothing industry more sustainable is to rethink the materials used for textiles. There are becoming more and more clothing material alternatives nowadays. Bionic Yarn is just one of these products, which relies of recycled marine plastics to make their clothing.
The Energy Industry
For decades, one of the most carbon intensive industries has been the energy industry. Fossil fuels are burned to heat water which creates steam. This steam is then used to turn a turbine which generates electricity. Recently, renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power have been chipping away at the market share of energy production. As energy companies make this switch, we will quickly see a vast reduction in fossil fuel usage.
The Agriculture Industry
Agriculture is perhaps the most water intensive industry in the world. Water is used not only to help plants grow but also as a means to keep livestock healthy and keep them living in sanitary conditions. The agriculture industry must continue to develop ways to reduce water usage while maintaining the same quality of products. These water savings techniques are a major key to a more eco-friendly agriculture industry.
Eco-friendly practices are not only good for the planet, but they’re good for your wallet in the long term. By becoming more eco-friendly, businesses can both save money and preserve the world around us for generations to come.
- Emma Sturgis, the author, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.