What to Do with Your Old Electronic Devices: Get Paid, Help Those in Need!

Question: How many electronic devices do you have around the house that you don’t use anymore? Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Yes, probably more then you can count. Or remember. What do you plan to do with them? Keep it in “that” drawer? Put them in the basement? Good for you, at least it’s not going in the trash, where nearly 3 million tons of gadgets ended up in 2003, the most recent year the EPA has statistics for. You may…

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

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 and The International Cultural Exchange Audiovisual Publishing House (an agency of the Chinese Ministry of Culture), on what is to be a weekly documentary television…

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When is a Crummy Cookie a Good Thing?

What do you do when you’re a cookie fan, one of a specific breed that likes crispy cookies, and you’d like them to be organic, and just can’t seem to find what you’re looking for? Start your own company of course. It helps if you’re named Crummy, and you have two brothers, ideal for creating a “Pep Boys” like logo for said cookies. I recently had a chance to speak with Jason Wachob, the CEO of Crummy Brothers cookies, on…

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Less is More: A Truly Green Good is Packaged Green

We all know that good things come in small packages, but small packages are good in their own right. Less filler, fewer layers of packaging for each product, smaller packages to increase the amount of any product can be shipped on one truck or ship are conservation best-practices. But we consumers are used to slick packaging and cool bags, boxes and wrappers. Designers are now challenged to come up with high-concept packaging that doesn’t waste resources. It’s like Project Runway…

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Green Gifts are Good Business Too

Having lived through the Dot-com boom in San Francisco, I went to many over-the-top networking events, at which I received too many (generally plastic) chotchkies. So I was pleased to see that when ThinkEquity Partners wanted to send partygoers off with a logoed-reminder at a reception during their ThinkGreen conference in San Francisco last week, they chose something useful and recyclable – wine. Organic vintner Jaeger brought a barrel of wine to the party where guests could decant their own…

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Help for Green Entrepreneurs

What’s a budding eco entrepreneur to do? You have an idea, you have the hutzpah, but who are you going to turn to for help when you need to make a thousand decisions in your first year of operations? You might see if there is a local chapter of Net Impact in your area. Originally an on-campus organization in business schools, uniting students who wanted to learn to use business to impact social change, Net Impact now has professional chapters…

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