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Illegal Logging: A Problem for the Planet

As with any global scale problem, illegal logging is a hard issue to tackle. As with the wider issue of climate change, the everyday person, when discussing illegal logging, may be tempted to throw up their hands and exclaim “what can I do about it?” Businesses and large corporations will confirm that they will adhere […]

March 10th

Greening the Food Supply Chain (Infographic)

To build a more efficient, and more sustainable, future, it’s going to take a big effort across all industries, and while there’s been an emerging renewable energy evolution taking place (especially in solar PV, as the cost of solar continues to drop), and an increasing focus on water conservation and efficiency, there’s another huge area […]

January 28th

What Is the Cost of Sugar to the Planet?

Sugar seems to be popping up everywhere in packaged foods these days, which is a big health concern for those who consume a lot of it, but even aside from the issue of the health effects of sugar on the body, there’s another part of the story, which is the effect that growing sugar has […]

January 26th

What the Pluck? Patagonia Pledges 100% Traceable Down

Once again, sustainable business leader Patagonia is paving the way forward for further supply chain transparency in the apparel industry with their latest contribution to material supply standards, the Traceable Down Standard (TDS). Natural goose down is an incredible material, as it provides a lot of warmth with minimal weight, so its use in everything […]

October 30th

Tesla Motors Diversifying Its Battery Sourcing — Samsung SDI Will Likely Start Providing Batteries As Well As Panasonic

Tesla Motors is now in the process of diversifying its battery sourcing, according to recent reports — rather than sourcing the lithium cells used in the Model S exclusively from Panasonic, as has been the case, the EV manufacturer will soon be receiving batteries from some of Panasonic’s competitors, as well. A source “close to […]

September 1st

Eco-ships: the marine industry’s newest sustainability feature

In the maritime industry, we’ve seen a trend towards building ECO-ships (highly energy efficient vessels that are better for the environment). And that’s no surprise, considering that the potential cost savings are massive for shipyard businesses. Thanks to the design optimisation process, ECO-ships have greater hull lines, propulsion systems, sleeker designs, and next gen engines. […]

July 30th

Don’t Buy Fancy Pants – Lease Them!

Everyone loves wearing well-fitting designer jeans, but no enjoys paying designer prices.  A new program in the Netherlands allows consumers to eliminate wasteful spending on clothes.   Instead of owning a pair of jeans for life, fashionistas can now keep them for a year before sending them back to be recycled and receiving something fresh […]

March 20th

How Eco Friendly Is Your Floor?

If you’re looking to renovate your house in the near future, one of the fantastic and brilliant ways to freshen up your home is to install brand new flooring. If you’re a little more eco minded however, you may want to know exactly which flooring types are more sustainable and friendly for the environment.

December 21st

An Infographic on Green Manufacturing Over Time

As we progress into the next year of 2013 we wonder how many companies will keep up with what consumers want, which are greener and healthier products. The world has become more Eco friendly over the last few years and manufacturers know that in order to please consumers they need to be offering green eco-friendly products that meets their demands, it has become somewhat of a standard practice.

December 4th

Staxxon: A Shipping Revolution with A Smaller Footprint

It’s not every day you get excited about something as mundane as shipping containers. When was the last time you were driving next to an 18-wheeler thinking, “That is a sweet shipping container.”? Yeah, I don’t do that either. However, when I first checked out Staxxon, my interest was piqued with their tagline, “revolutionary vertical folding and nesting container technology.”

November 5th

Stakeholder Relationships: Key to a Sustainable Enterprise

Most companies envy the passionate loyalty that Apple customers have for their products, the dedication that Southwest Airlines employees demonstrate without understanding that effectively managing their stakeholder relationships is the key to earning these benefits. Employee engagement and customer loyalty are intangible (non-physical) assets that contribute more to the value of a company than the physical ‘things’ it owns.

April 17th

Better Place Electric Charging Stations Provide Stable Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

In order for EVs to provide a “no compromise” solution, they need to deliver the same freedom to go anywhere that drivers of combustion engine cars enjoy today.

Long battery recharge times are a matter of physics. Even as batteries and charging infrastructure improve, using EVs for long journeys will require a way to quickly and reliably extend the range provided by a battery.

February 9th

Stay Vocal: The Ultimate Eco-Friendly T-Shirt Company via Green Living Ideas

Stay Vocal is not just an ordinary t-shirt company. All the t-shirts the company sells are made from “rescued” t-shirts that were going to be destroyed or thrifted t-shirts and not manufactured from raw, brand new, materials.
STAY VOCAL is a Green America certified ReUse apparel company. Even their packaging is from existing materials. They use back of would be recycled paper to print and ship in used packaging (mainly cereal boxes) with labels printed on scrap paper. Even the business cards are printed on used t-shirts. (How appropriate!). Stay Vocal will offer $5 off from your purchase from today until Friday January 13th. Enter the code “greenliving” in the Coupon Code field when you check out to receive the discount.

January 11th

Will Walmart Take Action to Move Away From Tar Sands Fuel?

Producing transportation fuel from Canada’s tar sands is more destructive, polluting, and carbon intensive than other ways of producing transportation fuel. With the help of ForestEthics, 15 large businesses and one US city have publicly announced actions they have taken to reduce the environmental and social impacts that come from fossil-fueled transportation. Will Walmart be next?

December 22nd

Want a Greener Supply Chain? Put on Your S.M.A.R.T Y Pants!

Transitioning to a more sustainable, “greener” business takes a long term commitment and a strategic on-going plan. Creating and implementing a plan based on “S.M.A.R.T. Goals” is a great way to plan, achieve, and analyze specific benchmarks along the way. With its emphasis on creating organizational goals that are Specific, Motivational, Attainable, Relevant, and Trackable, a green plan inspired by S.M.A.R.T. Goals offers your sustainability team a strong tool in the implementation of environmentally-friendly changes at your company. Consider the following applications:

November 10th

Mike Biddle's Plastic Separation Technology Can Transform the Supply Chain of the Plastics Industry

Mike Biddle calls himself the "Garbage Man" and thinks of garbage piles as ‘above ground mines’. Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated waste management issues, the problem of finding and sorting the different kinds.

Frustrated by this waste management system, Mike has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic. In 1992, Mike Biddle, a plastics engineer, set out to find a solution. He set up a lab in his garage in Pittsburg, California, and began experimenting with complex-plastics recycling, borrowing ideas from such industries as mining and grain processing.

October 24th