How sustainable are your favourite brands?

News, blog and backgrounds about the sustainability scores of brands

Author Archives: Ype van Woersem

Calling upon telecom providers to become more sustainable

When thinking about brands in sectors with a need for sustainable practices, telecom providers do not immediately come to mind. However, this sector uses so much energy that a change towards renewables would be a major improvement. This energy dependency is mostly caused by the data centres that allow internet and telephone communications. Apart from […]

Yearly overview 2016

First of all, we wish you a happy, sustainable and fair 2017! We welcome this new year with its new possibilities, many brands that will be updated or newly ranked, and other projects being started or prolonged. In this blog, we want to take you back to 2016, and show you what we have accomplished […]

Sustainability cosmetics sector not fit for beauty contest

For the first time, in cooperation with StoereVrouwen (translated as ‘Tough Women in a powerful way’), Rank a Brand took a look at the sustainability performance of 30 cosmetics brands. For 10 years, StoereVrouwen has been a Dutch platform and campaign agency that has encouraged consumers to realize the power of their purses by spending […]

Chocolate could be more pure

We start off 2016 with our newest ranking of the chocolate sector. The results range from an A label (best performance) to an E label (worst performance) and are mixed. Similar to most sectors, most brands do not score higher than a D label. On the other hand, four brands receive an A label. These […]

Sustainability is sexy, but is sexy also sustainable?

Sustainability is long past the image of tree huggers and hippies. Sustainability is hip and sexy. But is sexy also sustainable? Rank a Brand’s latest research on 24 underwear and lingerie brands shows that sometimes it is, but definitely not always. Four brands that make such products show that sustainability and sexy can go hand […]

More expensive brands not necessarily more sustainable

For many cheap clothing brands, you might wonder if the low price means that the environment and labour conditions of labourers in low wage countries will suffer. In general this seems to be the case. Sadly, this does not mean that when you pay a premium price for a piece of clothing, it automatically means […]

World Food Day: Use Rank a Brand to choose sustainable brands

Today is World Food Day, a day in which there is extra focus on food safety. This special day is organized every year since 1981 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. This year, not only Oktober 16th, but the whole week, is centered around food related issues, such as some of […]

Children clothing brands need to grow up

Similar to Rank a Brand”s previous yearly update, brands that produce baby and children clothing show little maturity when it comes to their progress regarding environmentally friendly and fair clothing. This is a sad situation, since young children are not only extra sensitive to (hormone disrupting) chemicals, but also because they inherit the planet from […]

How green are your favourite crisps?

After the latest update of the beer sector, next in line is the crisps sector. At parties it is now more easy to drink a more sustainable beer, but a bowl of crisps in the same manner turns out to be more difficult. Therefore, Rank a Brand presents the newest ranking of the sustainability efforts […]

Fairphone shakes up electronics brands

Over the last months, Rank a Brand has performed a major checkup of the electronics sector, in collaboration with Milieudefensie (the Dutch chapter of Friends of the Earth International). Whereas the labour conditions and environmental problems in the garment industry hit the news daily last year, times were relatively quiet for the electronics industry. Undeserved, because the electronics […]