Organic vegetables grow inside a Leafy Green Machine from Freight Farms

Leafy Green Machines Grow Organic Vegetables Locally

Freight Farms, a Boston based start-up, it taking refrigerated shipping containers and re-purposing them into Leafy Green Machines — hyper local hydroponic farms that grow organic vegetables and can be located anywhere. The 320 square foot units can grow as much produce as two acres of farmland while using less water per day than the average American needs for a single shower.

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How to Green a Coffee Shop: Top 5 Strategies

Throughout history, coffee shops have been where citizens gather to change their society. In the 1700s, coffee shops were where the fires of the American Revolution were fueled. In the 1800s, coffee shops were where laborers debated their rights during the Industrial Revolution. Today, as we too fight for our right to a sustainable society, coffee shops may yet again become one of the most important small businesses in America. If you currently own, or plan on opening a sustainable…

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suga yoga mat

Suga Yoga Mats are Made from Recycled Wetsuit Materials

As a long-time surfer and yogi, I’ve long known that surfing and yoga have a great synergy: both offer great benefits for the body and mind, and the activities themselves complement each other. Yoga helps balance out the hard work of the muscles, while surfing makes the body stronger and more balanced. And now Suga yoga mats are bringing them together in a new way. An innovative green business, Suga is making yoga mats from recycled wetsuit materials. This unique mat…

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nomadix

Own Less, Do More with this Sustainable Business

We’re big fans of conscious consumerism here on Important Media, and we love learning about brands that are doing sustainable business right. We met the fine folks from Nomadix at Wanderlust Squaw Valley (CA), and were instantly intrigued by their awesome products and #ownlessdomore attitude. Doing more with less stuff is the ethos behind Nomadix, offering a line of versatile towels with purpose. Designed by outdoor enthusiasts Chace Petersen, Zack Helminiak and Hunter Robinson, the Nomadix towel can be used for sweaty yoga, laying on the…

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5 Questions To Ask Before Buying a Home Based Franchise

5 Questions To Ask Before Buying a Home Based Franchise

If you’re ready to jump into the franchise world, congratulations! Starting a franchise is a great way to begin or continue your entrepreneurial career– and with so many franchise options available to you, there has never been a better time. Unless you have already decided to buy into a store-front franchise, like a food chain or gas station, you are probably considering a home-based franchise– this is the type of franchise business that you can run from your home. Home based…

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How to Green a Burrito or Fresh-Mex Restaurant: Top 10 Sustainable Strategies

Want to green your Fresh-Mex or burrito place?  There are some sustainable strategies unique to both restaurants in general and those which serve cuisine like burritos, tacos, and nachos.  Here are the top 10: Organi-fy your staples. Beans and rice are a staple on most Mexican/Fresh-Mex menus, and represent the grand majority of the calories you’ll be delivering. The great news is that this is an easy thing to get organic without breaking the bank. At our local food co-op,…

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Ecopreneurship Profile: The PlanToys Story of Sustainable, Healthy Toys and a Triple Bottom Line Company

Occasionally we profile companies we love here on Ecopreneurist. Recently, I had the pleasure to interview Kosin Virapornsawan, current business development director of PlanToys, a sustainable toy manufacturer. Sustainable Way, Sustainable Play: PlanToys Company Profile and History “When they started the company (Plant Group),” said Virapornsawan, “the first investors had an architecture background. After they started the founders really wanted to do something really good—they wanted to help kids—to educate them, to get them excited about sustainability. They used their…

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Clean Tech Internet of Things Startup Aims to Ease Drought Conditions

NASA stated that 2014 was the “Earth’s warmest in 134 years of records”, and 2015 is set to be even hotter as the Earth’s average surface temperature continues to rise. Water conservation efforts are popping up all around California, as the state grapples with the effects of climate change. As the state’s snowpack has diminished year after year for the last few decades, state lawmakers have stepped up and finally put some concrete plans in place. Last year, Governor Jerry Brown…

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How to Adopt Carbon Neutral Practices for Your Small Business

Many businesses go the extra mile of trying to measure and offset their carbon footprint for all the benefits it brings–customer loyalty, employee engagement, brand reputation, free PR, word-of-mouth buzz, and the like. Given the widespread adoption of some, if not all, good sustainability initiatives, it’s clear to see that businesses are seeing the benefits outweigh the extra work. But as a business owner, you need to understand what your negative externalities are. A good case in point is Monsanto (not exactly…

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