Planet-Friendly Companies

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Planet-Friendly Companies

By using the products and services of eco-aware companies, you can help support earth-friendly initiatives and reduce your own impact on the environment.

One of the fundamental objectives of this beauty company is to use as much recycled packaging as possible. Plus its Blaine, Minnesota, headquarters-which includes corporate offices, a distribution center, and its primary manufacturing facility-buys wind power to offset all of its electricity use.

Continental Airlines
The carrier introduced electric-powered ground equipment at its Houston hub in 2002, and since then has reduced its carbon emissions from ground vehicles by 75 percent. It boasts reflective roof material and specially coated windows to reduce the need for air-conditioning, and it plans to build new facilities with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and EnergyStar standards in mind. The company also uses only twin-engine aircrafts, which burn less fuel and produce less CO 2 than the three- and four-engine planes that are more common in the industry.

Among its many eco-initiatives, Honda developed an experimental Home Energy Station that generates hydrogen from natural gas to use in fuel-cell vehicles and supplies electricity and hot water to the home. The company has an aggressive Reduce, Reuse, Recycle program in all of its factories-each of which meet or exceed the toughest environmental standards. For instance, recycled steel from stamping auto body parts goes into engine and brake components.

Seventh Generation
The home- and personal-care products company moved its headquarters to downtown Burlington, Vermont, in part to create a walkable commute for many of its workers. Employees are also offered $5,000 loans toward the purchase of a hybrid vehicle, as well as rebates to replace their home appliances with EnergyStar models.

Buy one of the company's über-energy-efficient Aquos LCD TVs and you can boast that you watch American Idol on a screen produced at a "super-green factory." Discharged waste is kept to a minimum, while 100 percent of the water used in making the LCD panels is recycled and purified. The Japanese plants also have electricity-generating windows that filter out excess sunlight, reducing the need for air-conditioning.

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