There's a quote that says it is impossible to become a billionaire ethically. What about our billion-dollar companies? As much as I want to believe the businesses that produce my beloved goods and services pay their employees liveable salaries and care about the environment, I'm not ignorant. My values of equality and sustainability are rarely reflected in the businesses I support.
But why is that? I'm sure many people have heard the term greenwashing thrown around, a PR/marketing scheme companies use to appear more eco-conscious to favor public opinion. The public cares that businesses SAY they care about the environment but rarely do we see actions (and actions speak louder than words). Unfortunately, I don't think companies can be easily convinced to take action. So that's where powerful and strict environmental laws come into place, and these companies pay large amounts of money if they do not adhere.
And we can be creative with those laws too! Like making companies responsible for collecting and recycling as much of their products as possible. We can ban companies like Apple from repeatedly coming out with new phones and chargers. We can make restaurants and grocery stores give away unused goods to those in need. There's a wide world of possibilities. We need to get moving.