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5 Green and Sustainable Franchises For Eco-Focused Entrepreneurs These brands not only reduce their environmental impact, but they have also built businesses entirely centered on sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility.

By Madeline Garfinkle

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Implementing sustainable practices isn't just a marketing ploy for these green franchises - it's integral to their systems and how they function day-to-day. These brands go above and beyond to ensure their businesses are sustainable, eco-friendly and consider the environmental impact in everything they do - all the while continuing to grow and thrive in their markets.

Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar

Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar, the seafood franchise with a "hole in the wall" vibe, has been committed to corporate sustainability since day one. The brand works with sustainable fisheries across all locations to ensure all products are high quality and ethically sourced. "We believe it's the right thing to do, regardless of whether anyone's watching us," says Jonathan Weathington, Shuckin' Shack CEO. "For us, the sustainability aspect is very altruistic. It's just part of who we are as people." Shuckin' Shack has numerous initiatives to guarantee that the green franchise does right by America's oceans. In collaboration with the Plastic Ocean Project and Surf Rider Foundation, 10 Shuckin' Shack locations are certified as Ocean Friendly Establishments, with all locations expected to be certified by the end of 2022.