Reposted from Business News Daily:
As a famous anthropomorphized amphibian once said, “It’s not easy being green.” It’s true that sustainable business practices sometimes can be costly and time-consuming, but in an age when consumers are paying attention to corporate social responsibility, many people want to know that the brands they patronize are taking care of the planet.
While many organizations do their part by increasing recycling efforts, sourcing local materials and using energy-efficient equipment, some have taken their eco-friendly efforts to the next level by basing their entire business model on it. Here [is an] eco-friendly business that has found success in the “green revolution.”
Waste collection is one of the most inefficient, environmentally harmful industries in the world. In the United States alone, garbage trucks consume more than 1 billion gallons (3.7 billion liters) of diesel fuel each year, according to InformInc. Bigbelly Solar was founded in 2003 with a simple mission: to eliminate the waste in waste collection. By using a solar-powered trash compacting system, the company reduces the frequency of trash collection vehicle trips, leading to lower emissions and fuel usage. The compactors also reduce odors and contain litter, eliminating the common overflowing problem that accompanies traditional public trash receptacles.
Consumers who want to bring the trash compacting process into their own homes can check out the Trash Krusher, which the company says fits perfectly in a kitchen. It can help you minimize your use of plastic garbage bags, which can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill.