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. […]
Monthly Archives:July 2011
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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.
Want more of those delicious and crispy fries? Thanks to DC Biofuels, the tasty french fry in the DC may linger on a little longer – fueling the vehicle fleets in the area as the nation’s capital area will get its own biofdiesel facility next year!
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.
Here is an amazing poster by Max Temkin, a brand designer that tells the story of our times, our fossil fuel dependent lives that is stressful on the planet without any significant returns.
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.”
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 […]
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?
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.
European “gourmet” water brand Llanllyr Water showcased their “organic water” at the Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. According to Llanllyr Water, they source their water from beneath certified organic fields in west Wales in the UK. So does that mean the water is organic? They sure seem to think so!
How about packaging that is grown (not manufactured), renewable, compostable and biodegradable? Oh, and also moisture resistant, heat resistant and strong? Hell yes! EcoCradle™ packaging from Ecovative Design, uses rapidly growing renewable resources like mushroom to design durable and effective packaging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
This infographic shows all (or many) of the ways you can make money from your unused stuff, from that spare bed to the power tools in your garage via collaborativefund.com and Good
Chipotle is committed to serving good food and is proud of it. They have a clear corporate responsibility or CSR policy-animals, people and environment. It all comes down to one simple sentence. Food with integrity.
Late last month Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced, that it expects to use more than 10 million pounds of produce from local farms this year, up from its 2010 goal of about 5 million pounds and their local produce will be grown on farms within 350 miles of the restaurants where it will be served.
Urban cities are hot. They are full of heat-trapping tar, pavements and dark surfaces that absorb heat and increase ambient temperatures. This is called the Heat Island Effect and is responsible for increased urban temperatures compared to adjoining suburban areas. According to the EPA- black surfaces in the sun can become up to 70°F hotter than the most reflective white surfaces. The effects of the Urban Heat Island are obvious- higher energy use to cool this excess heat that leads to higher stress on the power grid and increased pollution. On a clear night, the temperature in a city with 1 million people or more can be up to 22°F hotter than nearby suburbs. One initiative in New York City is helping cool it down- by painting roofs white!