Sustainable Shopping in Portland, Part 2

Published on January 29th, 2008 | by

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Although Portland-based Sameunderneath is a sustainable clothing line, the Company has a broader social-enterprise mission beyond a concern for the environment. On the website, founder Ryan Christensen says, “Sameunderneath’s mission is to change the way people look at each other.” Over eight years ago, he started the Company by selling t-shirts, and now sells a […]

Whole Foods Market: Bagging Profit for Purpose

Published on January 28th, 2008 | by

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What do you think about Whole Foods Market’s plan to bag disposable plastic grocery bags in their 270 stores on this coming Earth Day, April 22? Can corporations on the greener side of the aisle like Whole Foods Market truly put purpose before profit? I’m voting a cautious “yes.” Maybe the tides are slowly turning […]

Start-Up Junkies – Green Doesn’t Just Mean Money on New Show

Published on January 27th, 2008 | by

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It is perhaps a sign of the times that a TV show getting some press in entrepreneurial circles , features in its first episode, a green entrepreneur. “Start-up Junkies” shown on MOJO HD TV, a much talked about subsidiary of iN DEMAND Networks, is part of the network’s, MOJO Money Night. Targeting that 25-35 male […]

Sustainable Shopping in Portland, Part 1

Published on January 26th, 2008 | by

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In the past couple of months, I have had the opportunity to visit a number of clothing boutiques selling clothing made of sustainably produced fibers or accessories made from recycled materials. My personal observations may not tell the full story, but it seems that sales are slow for these cool but relatively expensive goods. In […]

How to Start a Green Business without Raising Money

Published on January 24th, 2008 | by

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When I had the chance to interview Beth Gerstein, co-founder of Brilliant Earth, I first wanted to ask her how they raised the money to start the company. I figured that retailing gold, platinum and diamond jewelry had to be a capital-intensive business and thought Beth could shed light on how a green entrepreneur can […]

PR Tips For Green Entrepreneurs

Published on January 22nd, 2008 | by

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There have been several articles on Public Relations blogs recently about the difficulty of promoting green businesses. In our current climate, thousands of organizations, big and small are trying to go, or appear to go green. Hundreds of websites are devoted to the eco movement; the mainstream media loves a green product story…and they have […]

Don’t Forget to Turn Off the Servers

Published on January 22nd, 2008 | by

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After looking at data center power consumption figures for my Green Building Elements post, as well as at the US EPA’s Report to Congress calling for improvements in this area, I have noticed a host of new products coming to market that address the issue. Changes occur so rapidly in the world of technology that […]

Lisa Kivirist: Working with Purpose on Friday Night

Published on January 19th, 2008 | by

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The clock strikes prime time Friday night as I send you this introductory greeting. Back in my corporate cubicle days over a decade ago, “happy hour” did not find me at the computer screen. Most likely, on Friday night back then you’d find me physically and mentally as far from my work scene as I […]

Back to the Ecopreneurial Future with John D. Ivanko

Published on January 17th, 2008 | by

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I’m a business school failure — in a positive sort of way. Rather than spend most of my life in a carpeted cubicle, earning-and-spending and, in my case, pimping for the culture of consumption at a large advertising agency in Chicago, my wife, Lisa Kivirist, and I exited corporate America. We resettled on a 5.5 […]

2008 Acterra Business Environmental Awards Applications Due January 25th

Published on January 16th, 2008 | by

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First a disclaimer, this post is targeted toward entrepreneurs and employees of companies in Northern California–specifically people working in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, or Santa Cruz Counties. The nonprofit organization Acterra is soliciting applications for its annual Business Environmental awards, which are open to businesses, government organizations, and in certain cases, […]

Earth Class Mail: An Eco Way to Manage Mail

Published on January 16th, 2008 | by

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Ron Wiener is acutely aware of the challenges of receiving and responding to mail while on the go. A serial entrepreneur, Weiner often finds himself out of the office managing his growing business, Earth Class Mail. Billed as, “The Ultimate P.O. Box”, Earth Class Mail delivers your mail online 24/7 wherever you are. Tired of […]

Brighter Planet – A Greener Way to Reward Credit Card Purchases

Published on January 13th, 2008 | by

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Many of us obsessively use one or two credit cards to hoard miles on our favorite airline or earn reward points for future purchases. Now, thanks to Brighter Planet you can reward Mother Earth with every purchase you make. Brighter Planet, the brainchild of two college students and their economics professor at Middlebury College, ties […]

Organic Lotions Go Glam & Luxurious

Published on January 8th, 2008 | by

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It goes without saying that green is big these days. Within walking distance of my home there are three “eco-friendly” clothing boutiques, a “green home” shop and a billboard advertising green home cleaners. All have gone up in the last year. Ecopreneurists are birthing all sorts of green businesses, which is great to see. As […]

Green and China–Who would know that’s a good business opportunity?

Published on January 2nd, 2008 | by

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Here’s a creative business idea: pair U.S. and British television producers and an environmentalist with a Chinese documentarian and environmental activists and government official to come up with a television series for the Chinese market funded by U.S. investors. U.S. production company, Landreth Associates, is working with the Chinese CCTV Economic Movie and Television Center […]