13 Companies That Are Sustainable

Companies that are sustainable implement business practices intended to help preserve the environment and its resources.

Written by Margo Steines
13 Companies That Are Sustainable
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Margo Steines | Jun 24, 2024

Prioritizing sustainability means minimizing environmental harm and remaining conscientious about natural resource consumption. Businesses that are mindful of how their operations affect the natural world may incorporate manufacturing practices that reduce carbon emissions or make products out of biodegradable materials. The following are some companies that are sustainable, placing actions intended to preserve the environment at the core of their overall mission. 

Companies That Are Sustainable

  • tms
  • Upside
  • Spotnana
  • Reformation
  • LanzaTech
  • Ecobee
  • Plenty
  • Avocado


Companies That Are Sustainable

Work & Co is a digital products and experiences agency that creates technology and design assets for clients that include Apple, IKEA, Mercedes Benz, Disney, Lyft and Nike. It specializes in building bespoke digital solutions for brand problems, and aims to work across project management, technology and design to offer a uniquely streamlined approach to digital strategy. The company’s commitment to sustainability drove them to partner with a top carbon emissions strategist to assess its footprint and project avenues for continued carbon offsetting. Work & Co has been carbon neutral since 2020.  


AutoStore reimagined the modern warehouse by engineering robots that can perform critical tasks like moving goods from place to place for packaging and assembly. In grocery, retail, healthcare and industrial warehouses, AutoStore robots and systems take much of the burden of labor from human team members, thereby improving efficiency and safety as they work. The company’s efforts toward sustainability include relocating warehouse facilities to decrease the need to transport goods.  


Sunday is a lawn care company that brings the subscription-service model to the home and lawn maintenance space, home-delivering customized boxes with all the supplies and tools a homeowner needs to maintain their lawn. In its management of yards, the company’s approach prioritizes sustainability with a “less is more” strategy that errs on the side of using fewer resources like water, fertilizer and mowing. 


Scythe Robotics makes autonomous lawn mowing machines. Its robots are built for use in landscaping fleets, and are equipped with leading-edge technology like computer vision, 3D mapping, semantic awareness and AI that perceives obstacles and terrain details. Scythe robots use proprietary high efficiency blades to allow longer duty cycles and reduced turbulence, which decreases noise pollution and improves worker health and safety. Powered by electricity, Scythe’s mowers are far more environmentally friendly than gas-powered mowers. 


Enterprise telecom company Optimum provides internet, phone and cable television services to homes and businesses all over the U.S. Optimum’s environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives include using renewable energy, starting energy efficiency projects, cutting down on the carbon footprint of its products and packaging and developing fiber cables for residential use.


Strategic consulting firm tms offers technology, marketing and sourcing solutions to help brands like T-Mobile, Samsung and adidas reach customers. With the knowledge that 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is decided during the design process, the company takes an evidence-based approach in the selection of materials and manufacturing processes for each new project.


Upside is a retail software company with an app that grants cashback awards to customers of a wide variety of brick-and-mortar businesses. It runs billions of dollars in commerce through its platform each year. Since its founding in 2016, the company has committed 1 percent of all revenue to sustainability initiatives like carbon offsetting and food rescue. In the first year of its food rescue program, the platform rescued 60,000 pounds of food.


Business travel tech company Spotnana works with companies to plan, book and facilitate corporate travel. In addition to providing travelers actionable information on the carbon costs of various travel options, part of Spotnana’s sustainability commitment is a partnership with a company that provides carbon removal via the Bio Carbon Capture and Storage process, enabling client companies to offset their carbon footprints.  


Reformation is a clothing brand that leads with sustainability. Its roots are in upcycling, and it has a waste-proof, limited-run production model, as well as a transparent supply chain and a clear, easy to interpret environmental impact scale that it uses to rate every garment it sells. That scale, known as the RefScale, measures how much CO2 and water are saved in the manufacturing of each piece of clothing in comparison to the industry standard. 

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LanzaTech makes carbon recycling technology that takes emissions from mills, landfills and other known polluters and turns them into usable energy like CarbonSmart ethanol and EVA foam. The company operates three commercial plants in China and a waste-to-ethanol facility in Japan. It also partners with prominent companies in a wide range of applications, from ZARA in fashion to Unilever in cleaning products to Coty in fragrance. 


Ecobee is a home tech company that makes smart home products to increase energy efficiency. Its mission is large-scale energy savings, and the company has delivered more than 27 terawatt hours of savings to date. Its primary products are smart devices such as thermostats and door and window sensors that alert residents when they’re open, allowing homeowners to lower their energy usage without compromising comfort or lifestyle. 

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Plenty is an agtech company that uses indoor vertical farming facilities to grow greens without pesticides, using a minimal amount of land and water. Because the footprint of a Plenty farm is smaller than a traditional agricultural site, the company can place farms closer to the markets that purchase its greens, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation while delivering fresh local produce at an industrial scale.


Avocado makes the eponymous Avocado Green mattress and associated products like pillows and mattress toppers that are “beyond organic,” meaning they are not only certified organic, but also Greenguard Gold certified by UL for low chemical emissions and free of off-gassing materials. To keep its mattresses and pillows eco-friendly, Avocado uses biodegradable materials like natural rubber latex, organic wool and organic cotton.

Sara B.T. Thiel, Rose Velazquez and Dana Cassell contributed reporting to this story.

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