triple bottom line

Social consciousness is becoming a critical aspect of today’s brands, driven by an audience expecting environmental responsibility. In response, more companies are looking to make significant changes and potentially revolutionize their industries and helping the environment along the way. Think triple bottom line; people, planet, profit.

Triple bottom line business

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Triple bottom line is possible. Image Credit: wk1003mike / Shutterstock

Focused on triple bottom line operations, these 7 companies are adapting their operations to be more environmentally conscious.

  1. Seventh Generation — In an industry like cleaning products where harsh chemicals rule, Seventh Generation has proven that cleaning products can be environmentally sound. They use natural ingredients that still provide effective cleaning capability while at the same time protecting people and the environment. Seventh Generation has even expanded into baby products and feminine care products.
  2. DHL — By their very nature, shipping companies are large consumers of oil and gasoline. After all, those packages don’t move themselves. DHL is taking shipping back-to-the-basics, enacting a revolutionary delivery program to illustrate that shipping can be more efficient. How? They now use couriers on bicycles in many European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands. DHL estimates that this change alone will reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 152 metric tons per year.
  3. EnviroPure Systems — Food waste and disposal is a big issue for restaurants and supermarkets. EnviroPure Systems has created a revolutionary solution that helps effectively dispose of organic food waste without resorting to landfills. The food waste solution speeds up the composting process and creates a byproduct that can then be used for landscaping and gardens. Water use reduction comes in the form of a dry system.
  4. CSI globalVCard — The payments industry has traditionally relied on paper-intensive processes. With our seismic shift to online shopping, CSI’s globalVCard proves that you don’t need plastic or paper to make a payment in person or online.
  5. Due — Much like payment processing, invoicing has historically been a paper-intensive process.  Due’s revolutionary online invoicing platform is changing that.  Online invoicing takes paper out of the equation, with invoices now being accessed via email or through a link. The recipient can now go online, view the invoice, and then pay it directly. Voila!
  6. Patagonia — Patagonia does not use any chemicals in their production processes and often uses recycled, organic, or environmentally sound materials.  They are proving that outdoor equipment and clothing can be made for all types of environments without causing any harm to the environment. Patagonia is also a vocal (and financial) advocate for environmental initiatives (sustain farming, water conservation, etc.).
  7. The Eco-Laundry Company — Eco-Laundry Company locations are powered his stores with wind energy, use machines that conserve water and non-toxic, biodegradable soaps and detergent. Their green dry cleaning service also uses biodegradable hangers. Looking to revolutionize the industry, The Eco-Laundry Company offers franchise opportunities.

Change, for the better

These are just a few of the amazing ways companies are changing their industries for the better. They are proof that triple bottom line operations are possible, inspiring others in the process.

Feature image credit: Denphumi / Shutterstock 

By Drew Hendricks

Drew Hendricks is a tech, social media, and environmental addict. He's written for many major publications, such as Forbes and Entrepreneur.