Large companies becoming more sustainable

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  • Explain attempts being made by companies to become sustainable. (6)
    • Asda/Walmart
      • Distribution centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire
      • Recycles all of its plastic packaging rather than sending it to landfill sites.
        • More sustainable as landfill sites are filling up , and so this helps save space for the future.
      • Distribution centre has a new baler which compresses the plastic to 10% of its original size, so it can fit more into lorries.
        • Plastic only has to be collected once a week, rather than 4 times a week, reducing Asda's carbon footprint.
      • Asda benefits as it gets paid to recycle all of its packaging and it saves on transport costs.
      • The environment benefits as less waste goes to landfill, and so it is more sustainable due to fewer carbon emissions.
    • Communications industry, e.g. Nokia
      • Nokia has given information on its website on where to find recycling points and the address to send the phone to if there isn't a centre nearby.
      • It does this because if every mobile phone user recycled one mobile it would save 240,000 tonnes of raw materials.
        • Which would be more sustainable, as more raw materials would be left for future generations.
    • General Electric
      • General Electric is an example of a global company that has become more sustainable.
      • It monitors its water usage and is improving water recycling by using recycled water in its boilers and cooling towers.
      • Over the last 5 years, General Electric's fresh water usage had been reduced by 20% (enough to fill 3000 Olympic swimming pools)
        • Which is keeping more water for public use, thus being more sustainable.
      • Hotels have a policy of only washing towels if customers have asked.
        • More sustainable with water supplies, and companies provide their workers with different bins to deal with different waste products.
          • This is often done in schools as well.
          • This encourages recycling and so is more sustainable as fewer natural minerals are being used, leaving some for future generations.
            • Also less waste goes to landfill.
      • Video conferencing is used in offices to reduce the amount of car journeys.
        • As this reduces carbon dioxide emissions, and so is more sustainable, as it's not contributing as much to climate change.


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