How Green Is Your Beverage?

Buying a tomato from your local farmers' market. Shopping at the supermarket with your own reusable totes. Cooking with meat that's been humanely and sustainably raised. There are lots of ways to go green when it comes to food, but what about that can of soda or bottle of tea in your fridge?

The website Greenopia, which lists green businesses in New York City and ranks products according to their eco-friendliness, has just released its latest greenest beverage rankings. What tops the list for 2010? Honest Tea, which incorporates natural, organic and fair trade ingredients, uses lightweight, chemical-free bottles, and actually reports the climate impact of the company's production and transportation methods.

The companies were ranked according to a list of eco-friendly criteria, including beverage container, green building design, ingredient analysis and sustainability reporting.

Other drinks that fared well included Santa Cruz Organic Sodas and Steaz. Surprisingly, Coke was near the top of the list, as it uses hybrid trucks for some of its deliveries, incorporates green building design into many of its offices, and recently redesigned its packaging to use less and/or recycled material. Pepsi was rated below Coke, though it also has been making green efforts—launching a line of drinks using all-natural ingredients and reducing its water and energy consumption.

Among beverages at the bottom of the list, receiving zero leaves out of Greenopia's four-leaf ranking system, were Dr. Pepper, Powerade and Vitamin Water.

Want to see how your favorite drink scored? Check out the full list here.

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