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Yelp wants to connect customers with eco-friendly businesses. Here’s what to know

The Charlotte Observer logo The Charlotte Observer 4/13/2022 Tanasia Kenney, The Charlotte Observer

Yelp users in search of eco-friendly businesses will have an easier time finding them, thanks to the platform’s new sustainability attributes.

The searchable features launched April 13, connecting customers with, for example, businesses that prioritize “plastic-free packaging” or have “compostable containers,” according to the review website.

The new eco-friendly attributes also flag businesses that “provide reusable tablewear,” allow customers to “bring your own container” or have an “EV (electric vehicle) charging station available.” Yelp teamed up with the California-based Plastic Pollution Coalition to bring the changes to the platform.

The searchable options arrived just in time for Earth Day, which is celebrated globally each year on April 22.

“The new Yelp sustainability attributes will allow people to more easily find eateries, bars, and cafes that are plastic free and support our values of thriving communities and a healthy, livable planet,” Dianna Cohen, co-founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition, said in a statement. “We’re grateful Yelp is using its platform in this way and we’re excited the new attributes will help more sustainable businesses stand out for their green practices.”

Users can find the new additions on Yelp business pages under the “Amenities and more” section, or highlighted in Yelp search results, the company said.

Business owners can add the attributes to their page by updating the “Business Information” area of their profile.

Yelp has launched similar attributes in the past, including one for Black-owned businesses that help consumers find and patronize Black-owned bars, restaurants and stores.

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