In times of political upheaval, green business owners may feel as if their customer base is slipping away. Sure, it may seem as if consumers are watching from the sidelines right now in the U.S., trying to anticipate how their lives and health may be affected by a Trump Administration. But now, actually, may be […]
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Often, green business entrepreneurs stick with a specific, limited focus. Instead, they should think like eco-citizens by applying a holistic philosophy of sustainability to their business practices.
Corporations have started to purchase eco-businesses in mass. What’s happening here?
Fabric that generates electricity. Sounds like something from The Jetsons, right? Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have brought us a step closer to the future. They’re developing a fabric that can harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.
Camelina oilseed is part of a new biofuel industry initiative that has significant potential for an eco-business.
In Part II of this two-part series, you’ll learn the five most popular ideas for starting a green small business in 2016.
In Part I of this two-part series, you’ll learn five of the ten of 2016’s most popular ideas for starting a green small business. In the next installment, you’ll discover the final five ways that you, too, can become a success green entrepreneur in 2016.
Climate change is a problem that affects us all, whether directly or indirectly. A recent report from CDP found that of the 350 companies they examined, those who weren’t thinking about their environmental impact was as high as 13%. If we accept the old axiom that prevention is better than cure, this is a short-sighted […]
If you live in an area that doesn’t naturally get a lot of rain, odds are, your neighbors are spending a lot of money trying to keep a lush green grass growing where, well, it shouldn’t be. If you’re a regular Ecopreneurist reader, you are probably immediately viewing this scenario as an opportunity to help […]
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.
With feasts to throw and family and friends coming to stay for the holidays, you’re probably thinking it’s about time to air out the linens, buy a few bars of local, artisan soap for the guest bathroom, and pull out the seasonal décor that will get your house feeling holiday-ready in no time. But if you’re like most homeowners, the improvement projects that went unfinished and largely ignored throughout the year will suddenly come into glaring relief as you turn a critical eye on your home.
The homes we live in create a huge carbon debt before the proud new owners ever cross the threshold. But even worse is the fact that they are built in such a way that they will continue to do harm once they are inhabited, thanks to inadequate insulation that leaves homeowners cranking the heat and AC, not to mention a complete lack of sustainable energy options. Luckily, there is a bright spot on the horizon, and it comes in the form of green construction.
A lot of planning goes into starting a small business. Often, it begins with little more than an idea, but over time it grows into a comprehensive business plan that includes specific information about the products or services to be offered, the area that the business will operate in, the demographics that will be targeted, and the projected revenue from sales over the next several years. Thinking from a business sustainability angle at this early stage can help your business gain a competitive advantage.
For a lot of people, traveling can be fun. However, when you’re traveling for business (and you’re doing it a lot), it can actually start to become a bit of a burden. Plus, if you’re someone who tries to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, knowing that you are using fuel to drive or fly back and forth may not sit the best on your “green conscious”. Luckily, there is a remedy for that. More and more companies are using virtual meetings as the green alternative for business travel. Here are five reasons why:
When you decide to become a self-employed individual (or the decision is seemingly made for you), things are going to change. Not only will you have to take on many roles in your new company (all the roles, actually), but you’ll have to figure out where, exactly, you’re going to conduct business. There are a […]
Many cities around the world are familiar with car sharing programs, by which citizens without a means of transportation may “rent” cars on a pay-as-you-go basis in order to save money. In most cases, these programs help to cut traffic congestion because they encourage patrons to give up personal automobiles in favor of public transportation with occasional car usage. As a result, they may also significantly decrease carbon emissions in an urban environment. This is especially true of modern ride share programs that are choosing to use hybrid or electric vehicles.
Story about how a local wind farm has created a bunch of jobs and why American towns should invest in this.
Jessica Alba is using her star power to launch a brand new e-commerce business – Honest.com that sells eco-friendly baby products. Through an innovative business model for safe baby stuff, Alba has shown some keen business acumen.
She says the idea was born after she learned that toxic chemicals are widely used in everyday products. What shocked her was the fact that only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals registered for use in US products have been adequately tested for safety.
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.
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 […]