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Sustainability in Middle America: How Green Franchises Can Build a Better Business World

A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend The Franchise Expo, a huge expo that winds its way across America and Canada each year offering up an array of franchise opportunities. The franchise model holds a lot of promise to aspiring business owners: many people know they want to work for themselves, but don’t quite know what that job looks like or how to start it. Starting a franchise is a potentially easier way to own a business,…

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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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Urban Metabolism and Re-Nuble

In the three years since I founded my own company, I have learned that linkages are borne out of the unlikeliest of places. Five years ago, I was sitting with my colleague, Ranjith Annepu, discussing an idea Karl Marx first introduced – urban metabolism. Urban metabolism studies cities as if they were organisms, which exchange materials and energy from their surroundings to sustain life. This concept, was inspiring to both Ranjith and I because a majority of the human population…

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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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10 Key Qualities That Make an Effective Business Leader

Cinema, Computers, Communication and Creative Arts – Steve Jobs played a massive role in changing how the world looks at these domains. Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsico made it to the Forbes list of ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’. In spite of all the criticism, Larry Page has been successfully running the most influential company of the digital era – Google. Have you ever wondered how these and various other successful leaders are/were able to wield such a…

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10 Ways Ecopreneurs Are Going Green in 2015

10 Ways Ecopreneurs Are Going Green in 2015

Perhaps you have already given up on some, or all, of your New Year’s resolutions. But regardless of what month it is, every day is another opportunity to make better decisions, especially those that result in greener and smarter choices for your health and the environment. Ecopreneurs lead green technology innovation and utilization in the workplace because they are aware of the positive impacts on the environment. Many of the trends in green workspaces are not just beneficial for the…

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Living in the Post-Wallet Economy: Cryptocurrency vs Mobile Payments

Small businesses and entrepreneurs are often made up of those striking out on their own to take up a new idea, improve on an existing one, or supply a need for a market. How customers pay for products and services is changing rapidly. Nowadays we don’t pay with cash, or even credit cards—we are starting to roll both into the smartphone. There are two methods to pay for products and services via smartphone: cryptocurrency and mobile payments, so a small…

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