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As our global conscious begins to change, more and more people are seeking out eco friendly, sustainably sourced goods and services. ‘Green business practices’ has become the latest buzzword and refers to businesses that incorporate eco friendly practices into their business model. This growing shift is happening in all industries, from farming to healthcare – […]
Instead of urging people to go out and buy a new “green” product for Earth Day, Timbuk2 wants its customers to be able to extend the life of the bags they already own, by repairing them or reusing them, or failing that, to recycle them responsibly. The iconic messenger bag company has just launched a […]
As the world is becoming more sensitive to the needs of the environment, luckily, that would include some of the nation’s professional and college football teams. That’s right. More and more of them are starting their own programs in order to cut down on waste, encourage recycling and become more responsible with our earth’s resources.
If there is one place where things can tend to get pretty cluttered pretty quickly, it would have to be the office. For one, things can pile up when you’re distracted with a lot of traffic (staff members working or customers stopping by) and so there tends to be a temptation to simply put items down and revisit them later. Then, you look up, eight hours have passed and while you may have gotten a lot of work done, what you didn’t get to do was clean up.
Houses aren’t the only places that could use a makeover from time to time; since so many of us spend most of our waking hours in an office setting, it can’t hurt to give it an upgrade around once a year as well. However, that doesn’t always mean that you have to run out and purchase something new. There are actually things that you can recycle and upcycle that will be perfect when it comes to providing a newly designed look for your eco-friendly office:
Story about how a local wind farm has created a bunch of jobs and why American towns should invest in this.
My colleague and friend Karen Lee (aka Ecokaren and editor of our sister site Green Living Ideas) was invited to give a talk on “How to Green Your Business and Save Money” at Dreamers into Doers Annual Conference. This event sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) took place in NYC last week. Dreamers into Doers is a Martha Stewart community that celebrates talented and creative women who turn their dreams into careers they love.
Guzu allows consumers and businesses to sell their working and non-working electronics for cash, discouraging dumping abandoned electronics in landfills and adding to the millions of pounds of e-waste produced every year. This Earth Day, Guzu Inc. will be celebrating its one-year anniversary. Launched by a trio of eco-preneurs, Guzu has grown from a local […]
Money and the environment. You may think that one kind of green has absolutely nothing to do with the other, but that’s not entirely true. The very premise of greener living (and in your case, greener working) is to find a way to accomplish tasks more efficiently and to cut waste. Coincidentally, this is exactly the kind of thinking that could be saving you money as an entrepreneur.
When confronted about the volume of wasted supplies in one episode of Mad Men, Don Draper defends his copywriters, claiming, “They waste paper because they throw out bad ideas.” Needless to say, it creates an issue for agencies that want to be environmentally responsible. Creative people do need a lot of stuff to get their […]
We’re at a point where recycling and reducing home energy use have gone mainstream, due both to nationwide environmental trending and the sheer economics of high power bills and over-filled city dumps. That movement has been slower to reach the workplace, however. Even if the majority of a company’s employees reflect some level of eco-consciousness in their home and personal lives, that doesn’t always translate to the office. People generally don’t want to impose their beliefs (even those that benefit everyone, like reducing waste) on their coworkers. Perhaps there’s even one particularly outspoken anti-environmentalist in the office who chastises any efforts by others to set up recycling bins or instigate ‘bring your own mug’ programs.
Ever wondered how to recycle your old cellphones or other home electronics, without the hassle, while making some money out of it? You are not alone. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average U.S. household now owns 26 different consumer electronic devices for a staggering total of nearly 3 billion devices in all, many of which are no longer in use.
Almost all consumer electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic and a broad variety of other materials that pose a threat to the environment and health. Now multiple these hazards by 3 billion! Concerned now?
At the recently concluded NY fashion week, Patagonia introduced its radical “Common Threads Initiative” that aims to reduce unwanted consumption and give the planet’s vital systems a rest from pollution, resource depletion and greenhouse gases.
They invite customers to take a pledge that is two-fold,
Patagonia on its end agrees to build useful things that last, to repair what breaks and recycle what comes to the end of its useful life.
Consumers, fulfilling their part of the pledge agree to buy only what they need (that will last), repair what breaks, reuse (share) what they no longer need and recycle everything else.
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.
Going green doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth; teach employees how to recycle, save energy and when needed buy products for the office that are effective in trimming the negative impact on the environment.
Part 21 in a series where Krates Ng (co-founder of Mokugift the ecard service) interviews fellow ecopreneurs. Today, Krates interviews Gabby from Still Hip Brooklyn. Still Hip is a funky resale boutique that carries children’s clothing from size 0 to 16. Not only that, Still Hip has a huge playspace where they offer classes, events […]
Part 20 in a series where Krates Ng (co-founder of Mokugift the ecard service) interviews fellow ecopreneurs. Today, Krates interviews Jeff Bennett, CEO of Swap.com. Swap.com is the world’s largest swap marketplace. 1) Why did you start your company? Swapping is an age old activity that millions of people around the world participate in daily. Swapping […]
In some respects, waste is immeasurable—it touches every aspect of your business, from the scrap paper that fills your waste bins to the fuel you use for business travel. And while we know that that aiming for zero waste is a fast, cheap and effective strategy for combating climate change, its not always easy to […]