Eco-friendly enthusiasts, vegetarians, and hippies aren’t the only ones going green right now. Think less flower power and more solar power. Think less greenwash, and more green cash. More and more members of the commercial world are making eco-conscious changes toward what can be thought of as a green evolution, (not revolution!). The commercial world is taking one key word very seriously, and it’s the future of profitable businesses and healthy living. Huge companies like Coca-Cola Enterprises are focusing on sustainability.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE), is an Atlanta-based company that boasts a massive count of 13,500 employees, and 17 manufacturing facilities. With a company that size, it’s apparent that their carbon footprint may leave a lasting impression on the environment. So many factories and companies are leaving their tracks as pollution and carbon emission in our environment; we can practically follow their trail to the dump. Coca-Cola Enterprises and other large companies are starting to catch on, however. These businesses are making solid plans, on paper, for a more sustainable future. These plans are money-saving for the company, and equal more healthy living for all of us!

What are they doing to make a sustainable business? Well like I mentioned, it’s not a revolution. This is a slow change that includes making responsible eco friendly choices, choosing sustainable supplies, and energy-efficient products. Coca-Cola has just published a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report since becoming a Europe-focused Coca-Cola products distributor. This report noted a carbon footprint reduction of 4% from 2009, and a business volume growth of 4%! They spent $8.1 million making drink production/ equipment more efficient, but the company still profited. They also cut  water use by 6% since 2009, and through internal recycling infrastructure in its facilities, the company said it had a 99.5% waste recovery rate across its territories. CCE is now Coca-Cola’s strategic bottling partner in Western Europe, and the third-largest independent bottler globally. Here’s to hoping that other bottling companies follow suit, and everyone makes plans for a more sustainable future!

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2011/06/28/coke-enterprises-cuts-carbon-footprint.html

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