Waste Management

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Re-Nuble: Crowdfunding Local Solutions for Food Waste and Energy Problems

Re-Nuble, a social enterprise is crowdfunding a campaign to develop local, community based recycling facilities. These facilities have a three-fold advantage- they help divert organic waste from landfills, convert it into compost and fertilizer for sustainable farming and generate renewable energy for communities. It is dedicated to redefining how the world generates energy, cultivates food, and manages the waste it produces. Are you in?

December 3rd

Top 5 Items You Didn’t Know Were Recyclable

Most people these days understand that the bin marked with a green triangle is meant for recycling glass, plastic, and aluminum products. And in the home and office, many of us recycled paper, as well. Plenty of people also give clothing and housewares a second life by donating them to charitable organizations. But there are all kinds of items that people simply toss in the trash because they don’t realize that recycling is an option. Here are just a few commonly discarded items you might not know you can recycle.

December 3rd

Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree Alternatives

When it comes to the holidays, which are rife with pollution and waste, there are plenty of ways to green up the works, from making homemade gifts and utilizing recycled wrapping paper to going paperless by sending holiday e-cards. As for the tree, there are tons of options to keep your holiday eco-friendly.

November 30th

Dell and Goodwill’s Computer Recycling Partnership

You’ve no doubt heard about the e-waste problems the world is facing as computers become obsolete and people toss them in favor of the latest and greatest technology. Do you even stop to wonder what becomes of your old monitors, keyboards, and computer towers when you send them away with the trash collector on designated pickup days? Do you know why you can’t throw electronics in the garbage like any other discard?

November 29th

Cleantech Challenge Mexico Names Its Winners

Last month, Cleantech Challenge Mexico honored the competition’s eight finalists during its award ceremony held in Mexico City. The winner of the completion took away MX$250,000 in cash, while the eight finalists were eligible for up to US$30 million in venture capital investments.

October 28th

Composting Business Provides Pickup Service For Residences

Let Us Compost! is a start-up business in Athens, GA which helps homes and businesses contribute to the composting movement without having to manage the heap. LUC! provides the compost bucket or bag and for just $5.00 per week, they will drop by your home or business to pick up your compost material and divert it from the landfills. Their mission is simple: to be “the first active link in Athens between local waste, commercial composters, and the compost end-user. ” They want to help you help the planet. Kristen Baskin, the proprietor of this awesome business, provides pick up service for compost materials as well as at-home compost consultations.

October 5th

Turn Food Excess Into a For-Profit Social Enterprise Opportunity

Roughly one-third of food produced in the world is wasted. There is an obvious problem here. The problem is even more pronounced because there are millions who go to bed hungry, 1 in 6 americans. According to Canada’s Second Harvest, a surplus food redistributor, food supply is not the problem distribution is. And where there is a problem, there is a business opportunity.

September 27th

Come Hangout With Us on G+ To Discuss Food Waste

Food waste is a heart wrenching topic. 40% of food is wasted in America while millions go to bed hungry. But what can we do about it? Join the Important Media family to discuss the problem and possible solutions via a Google+ Hangout. Yours truly is going to be on the panel too to talk […]

September 26th

Rent Your Bridal Tiara: Collaborative Consumption for Weddings

Anyone of you that have planned or are planning a wedding realize how expensive it is, not to mention a waste of resources for one day! The wedding dress, accessories, centerpieces all costing hundreds of thousands of dollars never to be used again. Wedding costs and resources can be easily shared and offer an ideal model for reuse, yet the societal pressures and retail marketing on making it a “special” day has embedded a wasteful representation of weddings in our minds.

One business is trying to bring much needed collaborative consumption to weddings.

July 5th

Bin Donated: Redefining the Charity Model Through a Triple Bottom Line Approach

Have you wondered what happens to the miniature, half-used shampoo bottles after your hotel stay? Do you have a better use for stationary at the end of the school year other than recycling or trashing? Millions of tons of useful items are sent to landfills every year while there are needy citizens with no access to them. What if the wasted but useful inventory was connected to charities helping these communities? No-brainer right? Right. Bin Donated is putting this common sense idea into practice.

June 25th

The Paperless Office: Will it Ever Really Happen?

One of the biggest issues preventing the wide-spread adoption of a paperless office is old habits. People are simply accustomed to using paper for a variety of things. While new technologies are emerging daily, they take time to gain acceptance and mainstream popularity.

Original paperless office systems were technical, expensive and required extensive chances and planning within the office. Newer systems are streamlined, easy to use and simple to set up. While the paperless office might not be the main way of operating a business in the next month or year, it is closer to reality than ever before.

June 22nd

Sustainable Brands GOODMaker Winners Tackle Wastage in the Skies

Now in its fourth year at the SB conference, the Innovation Open showcased highly innovative, socially conscious entrepreneurs that focused on helping companies create more sustainable brands. This year one finalist for the SB Innovation Open (SBIO) ‘ 12 was chosen through GOODMaker. We interviewed Rei Wang, Strategic Partnerships Manager, GOODMaker and GOODMaker winners Adam Wangler and David Singer of Sea Level.

June 21st

Webinar Recap: How Businesses Can Reduce Single Use Plastics

For businesses, communities, citizen groups, and the health of our ecosystems, it’s a moral imperative that we reduce our use of single use plastics. They require the extraction of fossil fuels and the processing of petroleum, transportation across thousands of miles, and then they’re in use for 1-5 minutes and last a thousand years or more. They leach chemicals that can end up in our food, and wildlife mistakes plastic bags for potential prey items like jellyfish, and end up ingesting them.

June 11th