Yelp celebrates Earth day by making it easier for customers to find and support eco-friendly businesses.
Akhil Kuduvalli Ramesh, Yelp VP of Consumer Product, said, “In honor of this Earth Day, we’re excited to provide useful information about eco-friendly local businesses, which has been a growing request from our users. Searches for ‘plant based’ have increased an average of 56% each year from 2018 to 2021, and searches for ‘EV charging’ have increased an average of 41% each year.”
Yelp is partnering with Plastic Pollution Coalition to introduce new searchable business attributes to help customers find eco-friendly businesses and support businesses that have adopted sustainable business practices. Customers will now be able to find eco-friendly attributes highlighted on Yelp search results from businesses and consumers.
The new eco-friendly attributes will include,
- “EV charging stations available” to let people know if there are electric charging stations at the businesses they are searching.
- “Plastic-free packaging”, which is available for restaurants, food businesses, and some shopping businesses.
- “Provides reusable tableware” for restaurant and food businesses.
- “Bring your own container allowed” for restaurant and food businesses.
- “Compostable containers available” for restaurant and food businesses.
Searches like “bike parking” and “vegan” are already available as well.
Yelp will also be launching a new Sustainability Resouce Hub for business owners who want to find information and tools on how they can transform their business to operate more eco-friendly. They will partner with environmental nonprofits to create a collection of resources like Plastic Pollution Coalition, Surfrider Foundation, Upstream, Reusable LA, and others.
The company is also releasing a new data analysis to honor the most sustainable states based on the Yelp review results that mention sustainability-related topics over the past five years. Spoiler alert, the top five include Oregon, California, Vermont, Nevada, and Washington.
Earlier this month, Yelp also gathered data to release the Top 100 Vegan Places to Eat in the U.S.
But the giveback doesn’t stop there. Yelp is also partnering with businesses to host more than 35 local community events across the United States and Canada to give back to the planet. Activities could include public park cleanups, vegan-focused meal experiences, sustainable self-care workshops, and more.
Ramesh said, “As part of our mission to connect consumers with great local businesses, Yelp is in a unique position to surface eco-friendly businesses to users and support businesses that have or want to adopt more sustainable practices,” he continued. “These are our latest steps from Yelp as we strive to continue to do our part to encourage and support business owners, consumers, and employees to take action in the fight against climate change.”
And the list goes on. Yelp Foundation will double match employee donations from April 13th through May to The Nature Conservancy, WWF, Climate Emergency Fund, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and Plant for the Planet.
To join a virtual panel on adopting a zero-waste mindset that Yelp is hosting with Plastic Pollution Coalition, Surfrider, and Upstream on April 21st at 10 am PT, click here. For a Virtual Town Hall hosted by Yelp for Restaurants on Thursday, April 21, featuring the sustainable Development Goal 2 Advocacy Hub, click here.
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