Top 5 hourly employers leading the way in sustainability

Melissa Gold |
Categories: Finding a job

Today’s workers want more than just a paycheck. If you want to make a lasting impact on the world while working an hourly job, look for an employer that cares about environmental sustainability. 

Sustainability should be about more than recycling every now and then. It’s a way of life. But hey, we get that you can’t abandon your life to join Greenpeace. If you’re trying to save the rainforest and build your savings account, check out entry-level jobs with these five best companies for sustainability. 

1. Google

Google brings out the big guns to make sustainability possible. Google cares about its environmental impact. Not only does this tech behemoth recycle, but it sends 91% of its waste outside of landfills to preserve natural resources. If you factor in how massive this hourly employer is, that’s no small feat. 

Google also tries to use renewable energy whenever possible. It’s optimized power usage so much that Google data centers use 50% less energy than other Silicon Valley data centers.

2. Amazon

Amazon Prime encourages people to buy more items online, leading to more shipping and transportation costs (and the pollution that comes with them). To combat that, Amazon is taking sustainability seriously with new business practices. 

First, they’re encouraging Prime users to drop off returns at Kohls or UPS stores without packaging, saving on packing materials and shipping. They’re even asking Prime members to opt for a Prime Day instead of receiving packages multiple times a week. 

Second, Amazon has the lofty goal of using 100% renewable energy. As of last year, they were already hitting the 50% mark. This is made possible by installing a huge wind farm in Texas, as well as solar panels on its HQ and fulfillment centers. 

Oh, and by the way, if you’re looking for an awesome hourly job, Amazon needs workers to install and manage its solar roofs. They need help so badly that they’re offering tuition reimbursement, paying 95% of your tuition and training expenses to get solar-certified. There's never been a better time to go green!

3. Walmart

You might not immediately associate Walmart with sustainability, but this retail giant is trying its darndest to make sustainability a reality for its global empire. 

Feel good about your hourly gig with Walmart, which is trying to create zero waste in all its stores, as well as using 100% renewable energy. And the effort is finally paying off: Walmart is already diverting 78% of its waste globally away from landfills. 

Next on the agenda? Project Gigaton: Walmart’s plan to remove a gigaton of greenhouse gases from its supply chain in 10 years. 

4. Patagonia

Outdoor gear brand Patagonia is known for being vocal about environmental issues. If you want to land an hourly gig with a company that takes the ecosystem seriously, Patagonia is right up your alley. 

Patagonia donates 1% of its sales to environmental organizations, giving over $89 million to nonprofits since 1985. It reduces waste at every opportunity, building high-quality products with low-cost repairs. Patagonia has even gone so far as to tell customers to repair their gear instead of dumping it for new stuff. 

Oh, and Patagonia also gives grants and funding to eco-friendly small businesses, too. 

5. Starbucks

Go-to coffee brewer Starbucks knows firsthand how important our environment is. Climate change wreaks havoc on coffee farmers, affecting communities worldwide, including the Starbucks supply chain.

In addition to fighting climate change through public policy, Starbucks is also working on eliminating waste. It’s partnering with McDonald’s to design a compostable coffee cup. Starbucks also eliminated single-use straws from its stores, designing a recyclable lid instead. 

Feel good about the cup of coffee you’re brewing. Land a job as a Starbucks employee and know you’re making a difference in the world. 

The bottom line

Why not save the planet while you work a part-time or full-time gig? Apply for an hourly job with these five eco-friendly businesses to feel good about what you do for a living. 

Now, if sustainability is your thing but you also like benefits, check out these interesting work perks to sweeten the pot for your next job hunt.