Margo Steines | Aug 15, 2023

There are plenty of ways for businesses to help protect and support the natural world. Some companies pledge to reduce their carbon footprint or use recycled materials in their manufacturing, while others choose to provide financial support for tree planting or other initiatives meant to offset their environmental impact. Here are six companies that are helping the planet by making sustainable practices and goals part of their core mission.

Companies That Help the Environment

  • Nori
  • Aspiration
  • UPSIDE Foods
  • Bluebird
  • Pela
  • Seventh Generation


Companies That Help the Environment

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

Nori is a carbon removal marketplace, which means that it serves as a go-between for companies that sell CO2 removal and businesses who need to offset their emissions by purchasing removals. Using units known as “Nori Removal Tonnes,” or NRTs, which are generated by regenerative agriculture, it purchases removals and then trades them as offsets.


Headquarters: Marina del Rey, California

Aspiration is a fintech company that offers “sustainability-as-a-service” through cash management accounts that replace traditional checking and savings accounts. When a customer opens an account with Aspiration, their money is invested in an impact investment portfolio focused on reforestation and carbon removal. Customers have the option of setting their own monthly fees for cash management under a “Pay What Is Fair” model. 

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Headquarters: Berkeley, California

UPSIDE Foods makes “cultivated meat”— meaning meat that is grown from cells in a lab, with zero carbon impact. So far, it’s successfully made beef meatballs, chicken and duck, with plans for breakfast sausages and chicken patties. Starting with chicken, the company received a green light from the FDA to develop lab-produced meat, and UPSIDE received USDA approval to hit the US supply chain.


Headquarters: New York, New York

Bluebird works with consumer product brands on a consultancy basis to help increase their sustainability and decrease their carbon footprint. Starting at the product development stage, it calculates the cost and climate impacts of substituting materials and adjusting design, with the goal of a more profitable and sustainable end product. 


Headquarters: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Pela makes compostable cell phone covers and wearable accessories. In comparison to the disposable plastic industry standard, its products on average result in 30 percent less carbon emissions and 34 percent lower water usage, according to the Pela website. Pela’s offerings include phone cases, watch straps, AirPod cases and phone grips, which the company says are ethically manufactured and third-party verified for sustainability.  

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Headquarters: Burlington, Vermont

Seventh Generation makes hypoallergenic, environmentally safe household and cleaning products, including paper goods, laundry detergent and dish soap. Its products contain plant-based ingredients that the company has committed to ensuring are sustainably sourced and biodegradable as well as packaged in recyclable or reusable materials. For transparency, all ingredients in Seventh Generation products are listed on the company website by name, purpose and source.

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