Wednesday, May 7, 2008

2008 Rankings: King of Beers Tops the High Life

New rankings are out from, which rates the brands you buy based on their efforts to reduce their environmental impact.

It's a quick-and-easy way to become a good climate consumer. As The Green Miles pointed out last year, as long as it's cold, who cares which light beer you're drinking? Get the one that does the best job on climate action.

Among the changes in this year's report:
- Nike passed last year’s high scorer, Canon, to become the top scored company

- Google, Anheuser-Busch and Levi Strauss had the largest score improvement

- Five companies scored one or zero points:
  • Jones Apparel Group (Anne Klein, Dockers, Nine West)
  • Burger King
  • Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster and Olive Garden)
  • Yum! Brands (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC)
  • Wendy’s
Fast food companies generally scored horribly. Starbucks did well and McDonald's did OK. Not that you treehuggers eat much fast food anyway, but it's good to keep in mind next time you're stopping for a bite to eat on your next road trip.

Anheuser-Busch's improvement was enough to put it past SAB Miller as the
top major brewery. Sorry, Miller Lite -- The Green Miles will be drinking Bud Light at Nats Park this year (and recycling the bottles).
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