With students from Brigham Young University urging local lawmakers to ban plastic bags in Provo, it's a great time to look at what companies around Utah County are doing to promote environmental sustainability, whether it be by using clean energy, clean products or encouraging other means of environmental care.
Here are five companies that focus on the environment in Utah County.
— By Kurt Hanson, Daily Herald
According to an article in Utah Business Magazine, Ivory Homes planted more than 30,000 trees last year as a part of an initiative with TreeUtah and the Utah Clean Air Partnership. The hope is that by doing so, the trees will help clean Utah's notoriously poor air.
By producing 130 of its essential oils locally, doTerra is not only providing jobs and putting money back into the local economy, but it is also reducing waste from transportation of materials, requiring less fuel and outputting fewer carbon emissions in the ozone.
Enyo Renewable Energy
The windmills in Spanish Fork Canyon are pretty iconic thanks tho Enyo Renewable Energy, which after being a part of the windmill development, has provided power to 20% of Utah County homes.
Recently, Costa Vida has switched its typical plastic straws for polystrene straws that break down better than traditional plastic.
No, this isn't the vengeful recycling robot from "The Office." Recyclops is a convenient and accessible means of recycling available in Mapleton, Provo and Orem, where recycling services are less common or are not as affordable.