Monthly Archives:July 2011

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How to Lease Your Roof to Make Passive Solar Income

The fossil fuel industry is in trouble. Oil and coal reserves will only last a few more decades (at best) and are already struggling to keep up with increased demand. The renewable energy industries, especially solar, are growing rapidly thanks to government incentives and increased consumer awareness about the negative environmental impact of conventional fuels. […]

July 28th

Build a Green Business and Help Others Go Green as A Certified Eco-Consultant

We live in challenging times and people are seeking jobs anywhere they can. Necessity is a powerful mother of invention, and there is plenty of necessity to go around, with unemployment still stubbornly high. After sending out countless resumes more and more people are realizing that the best new job is one they make for themselves by starting their own business. And as people reevaluate the direction of their lives, they’re finding that they don’t want just any job or business; they want a business or career that means something, one that has a purpose as well as paying the bills. Becoming a Certified Eco-Consultant could be the answer they are looking for.

July 27th

LiveProud Helps You and the Planet Get More Out of Your Workout!

Ever wondered where bottled water, that produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year, ends up? Over 80% end up in landfills or float around in oceans for an eternity, destroying natural habitats and precious ecosystems. Cotton, another earth intensive product is heavily pesticide dependent and is one of the reasons that soil and wetlands in coastal communities is seeped with harmful chemicals. With these harmful effects as motivation, apparel firm LiveProud has found a way to grow their apparel offering while reducing waste on the planet – LiveProud is a collection of clothing focused on creating high quality, innovative performance clothing, all from eco-friendly and recycled materials sourced in North America.

July 25th

Bill Gates: In Search of a Smarter and Resourceful Toilet 2.0

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is embarking on a new sanitation-focussed strategy. The sanitation revolution has done more to save lives and improve health than any public health intervention in the past 200 years. But the flush toilet has only reached one-third of the world’s population. Clearly, we need to encourage new ideas and new approaches to accelerate safe and affordable access to sanitation for everyone. Bill Gates says, “Despite all the recent achievements, 40% of the world’s population, or some 2.5 billion people, still lives without proper means of flushing away excrement. But just giving them Western-style toilets isn’t possible because of the world’s limited water resources.”

July 22nd

Love Herbal Tea? Check Out The Insteading Giveaway!

Even though herbal tea might be a favorite drink for warming up in the winter time, it’s important to remember that teas can be beneficial to your health any time of the year. If your busy day keeps your mind racing at night, or spicy food often gives you indigestion, a new line of 100 […]

July 22nd

Eco-City Seattle's Recycling and Composting Program Scales New Heights

According to the City of Seattle’s annual recycling report, released yesterday, the amount of Seattle’s solid waste diverted from the landfill and into recycling and composting rose, for the seventh straight year by 2.6 percent in 2010 to an all-time high of 53.7% (the national average is 32.1%) and individual families were diverting wastes at 70.3%. How did they accomplish this?

July 21st

Best Buy Invites All Stakeholders to Discuss Sustainability Report Via Web Chat

Best Buy Co., Inc. announced the release of its fiscal 2011 sustainability report, last week, Our World, Connected, an interactive, online experience at sustainability.bby.com. Best Buy’s report is comprehensive and involves all of the company’s impact sectors; hallmark of a holistic sustainability agenda.
Moreover, they are hosting a web-chat to gather stakeholder feedback! Best Buy will host a live Web chat July 21, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. CT, at www.bby.com to discuss highlights from Our World, Connected and how the company sustainability priorities support the growth of the business. Join the discussion.

July 20th

An Ingenious Market Mechanism Restores Watersheds in Montana

Rivers and streams are like the veins of an ecosystem that are now drying up because of over-usage all across the United States. Rob Harmon (an expert on energy and natural resources policy) brings up one particular watershed in Montana- Prickly Pear Creek, where he has implemented an ingenious market mechanism to bring back water and restore the ecosystem. Rob brought together breweries; with a corporate policy in reducing their water footprint, and farmers; lacking incentives to conserve water due to a broken “water-rights” system, to form a mutually benefitting relationship that restored the damaged ecosystem.

July 14th

Water for People: Finding Better Ways to Deliver Water to People

Water is an important issue globally, and with the world’s population hitting 7 billion this year and the impact of climate change growing, water will only grow in importance. But the need for clean water and sanitation is not a new problem, and some wonder why the rate of progress seems so slow. As the CEO of Water for People, and as someone who was worked globally on delivering clean water to people for many years, Ned Breslin is creating new solutions for this old problem.

July 13th

SC Johnson Withdraws "Greenlist" Logo- Lessons in Greenwashing

SC Johnson will stop using the “Greenlist™” logo in its current form on Windex® products. The company has reached an agreement on two lawsuits regarding use of its logo and the parties have agreed to an undisclosed settlement.

The Greenlist™ logo was intended to signify that the Windex® products had achieved the highest internal ratings according to the company’s patented Greenlist™ process. The lawsuit resulted as plaintiffs opined that Greenlist™ was an internally developed process rather than that of a third-party and that the logo implied the products included environmentally friendly ingredients.

July 11th

Green Training and Education Can Jump-start Your Green Business Career

The US economy is slowly recovering we hear but for many people it doesn’t feel that way, with high unemployment and slow economic growth still challenging millions of Americans. As hard as it can be our changing economy is also creating great opportunities for businesses that deliver sustainability, creating healthy, balanced, and productive lives. The greater our challenges the more we need solutions like these and yet most of us still don’t know how to unlock the potential of sustainability. The key is- sustainability training and education. Here are some option on how you can jump-start your green career.

July 11th

iQ Questions "Smarter Cleaning" and Provides Solutions

Canada’s green cleaning supplies company Planet People believes you do not have to give up a “clean planet to have a clean home”. They have come up with a line of cleaning products, iQ that are not only effective cleaning solutions but also take away the menace of use-and-throw plastic dispensers and containers. iQ questions […]

July 9th