Green at Work: 5 Sustainable Companies You Should Work For
If you're passionate about sustainability and eco-friendly living, office life can be pretty frustrating. The miles and miles of overhead lights (that are still on long after everyone's gone home). The seemingly endless supply of plastic utensils in the break room. So. Much. Paper.
Many companies, though, are eschewing these office norms in favor of greener practices—and looking for employees just like you. Take a peek inside a few of our favorite sustainable workplaces, and even find a new gig that's right up your eco-friendly alley.
Where: San Francisco
A revolutionary line of naturally derived, biodegradable household cleaners, laundry products, and personal care products, Method aims to inspire a happy, healthy home revolution.
The company also aims for the highest levels of sustainability in everything it does: from creating eco-friendly products to designing the greenest packaging possible to working from its LEED-certified building in San Francisco. And it's not stopping—in fact, as Method grows, it's constantly looking for bigger and better ways to improve its, well, methods. “We finally have the presence to really go after our bigger sustainability goals in a way that’s exemplary to other companies," shares Green Scientist Geetha Solheim. "We show you can make a product in a sustainable way and still make a product people love.”
Where: Silicon Valley
Employees at eduation company Chegg love brainstorming innovative ways to keep the office green and the décor unique. Eco-friendly decorations are prominent throughout the office—from recycled cardboard light fixtures to reclaimed wood study areas. As a finishing touch, repurposed bleachers donated from a school in Illinois add a collegiate feel to common room spaces.
The company also looks for ways to make the world a better place outside of the office. The Chegg for Good program encourages employees to take time off to volunteer for organizations they're passionate about and has funded critical reforestation projects that improve the environment every quarter. To date, Chegg and its partners have planted more than 5 million trees worldwide!
3. World Wildlife Fund
Where: Washington, DC
Formed in 1961 by a group of concerned biologists, WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, supporting projects focused on saving wildlife species and their habitats. And it is adamant about making its office space as green as its mission. Its DC headquarters are situated in an innovative LEED Platinum-certified building, and the office is equipped with the newest energy-efficient swag to ensure that WWF has a big impact but a small carbon footprint.
Employees also get the chance to learn more about the biggest issues facing our world today: At the company's daily lunch gatherings, they're treated to anything from short presentations about Amazonian wildlife to informal meetups discussing biodiversity on the Serengeti.
Where: San Francisco
As a crowdsourcing company, CrowdFlower takes clients’ large data projects and breaks them into smaller, more manageable tasks that are then doled out to hundreds of thousands of contributors around the world. With CrowdFlower, clients can accomplish in hours tasks that would take their in-house staff weeks to finish.
A more sustainable way for the world to work? We think so. But CrowdFlower aims to be an uber-green workplace itself, with hundreds of plants adorning the office's desks, hallways, and conference rooms. “We strive to make an oxygen-neutral environment," explains Chief Technology Officer Chris Van Pelt. “So there are so many plants. You just don't understand how many plants there are."
5. Harmless Harvest
Where: San Francisco
Founded in 2010, Harmless Harvest is a progressive food and beverage initiative set to demonstrate that ecosystem-based business can out-compete the conventional model. The company sources 100% raw and organic ingredients from local farmers around the world, and it seeks to make agroforestry a social business that creates positive feedback loops between people and plants. “Making better products in a sustainable way is better for everyone involved, from the plants and communities at the source to the people who purchase them,” explains co-CEO Justin Guilbert.
A small company with big dreams, Harmless Harvest is excited to bring new, open-minded people onto its team who are passionate about sustaining the planet and helping the company grow. Always trying out cool, cutting-edge initiatives, Harmless Harvest wants employees who take initiative and learn as they go—positively impacting the ecosystems of the office and the world.