10 companies that are making a positive impact on the environment

They're some of the most iconic names in toys, fashion and automobiles across the world, but these companies are getting recognition not just for their superior products, but also for their environmentally-friendly business practices.

See how these notable brands are going green:



The toy company has built a strong reputation among customers for brick fun, but LEGO has received recent acclaim for its efforts to make its toys and packaging more environmentally-friendly. The company said it plans to invest $150 million into making its products better for the environment, according to CNN.


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A lot goes into producing Hershey's chocolate, and the company says it's striving to make a positive impact on everyone and everything involved in the process. According to the company's website, Hershey's has increased cocoa farmers' yields by 45 percent over three years and its 11 facilities in North America have sent zero waste to landfills.


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The soda manufacturer hopes to sustainably source their main agricultural ingredients by 2020. Coca-Cola has also taken initiatives to reduce impacts on water sources and reduce energy demand "to treat and transport water," according to the company's website. The company also lists community recycling among one of the ways it gives back.

Whole Foods


The upscale grocer aims at following "The 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." Whole Foods has banned plastic grocery bags and implemented initiatives to reduce paper waste and compost. The grocer also encourages green measures for its customers and employees outside of its stores.


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Don't think that IKEA's been lounging around when it comes to environmental sustainability. The company embraces a "do more with less" mentality and says it is committed to making great products with as few resources as necessary.


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The sports apparel company has a robust "reuse-a-shoe" program that encourages people to donate their old shoes which then get torn down and made into sport-playing surfaces like basketball courts or outdoor track fields. Nike is also aimed to one day produce products without creating any waste whatsoever.



IBM is helping other companies to "find the value in green." IBM lists sustainable operational efficiency, green buildings and infrastructures and intelligent ecosystems as mandates for "building smart sustainability."


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The outdoor recreation company isn't just going green in its products. REI uses sustainable design elements in their new and current buildings, and over 100 stores utilize energy-efficient features. "We design and operate all of our buildings to reduce environmental impacts and operating costs," REI says on its website.


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H&M launched a green fashion initiative called "Conscious," where certain items are made out of recycled and sustainable materials. The clothing company also encourages customers to bring unwanted garments to their stores instead of throwing them away. H&M also says it's dedicated to being climate smart and says it has increased its renewable electricity output to 78 percent.



They're known for energy-efficient cars, but Toyota has also made a positive impact on the environment outside its fleet of vehicles. The car manufacturer says that over 95 percent of non-regulated waste was reduced, recycled, reused or composted last year. Also, 42 of Toyota's dealerships are LEED-ceritified, meaning they use less energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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