Greening the Food Supply Chain (Infographic)

To build a more efficient, and more sustainable, future, it’s going to take a big effort across all industries, and while there’s been an emerging renewable energy evolution taking place (especially in solar PV, as the cost of solar continues to drop), and an increasing focus on water conservation and efficiency, there’s another huge area for improvement, and that’s in our food supply chain. The opportunities for greening the food supply chain can come from a variety of tactics, ranging…

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Help Crowdsource the Most Sustainable Investment Fund on the Planet

If you’d like to help shape the direction of sustainable investments, without putting a dime of your own into the pot, here’s your chance. Oroeco, the company that believes that it should be “easy, fun, and rewarding to align our everyday lives with our core values,” is partnering with a few other like-minded organizations to create the world’s most sustainable investment fund, a diversified exchange-traded fund (ETF), called the Climate Impact Fund. And they want your help to decide who…

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What Is the Cost of Sugar to the Planet?

Sugar seems to be popping up everywhere in packaged foods these days, which is a big health concern for those who consume a lot of it, but even aside from the issue of the health effects of sugar on the body, there’s another part of the story, which is the effect that growing sugar has on our planet, and on those who grow it. The practice of Fair Trade certification for foods such as coffee, chocolate, and bananas, is becoming…

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Each of These Ethical Wedding Rings Gives 2 People Clean Water for Life

Jewelry meant to celebrate one of the most joyous moments in a couple’s life shouldn’t be contributing to global conflicts and environmental destruction, but all too often, wedding rings can have a shady history full of dirty mining practices and blood diamonds. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, as this wedding ring company, which is committed to social change and a high standard of ethics, aims to help those tying the knot to choose an ethical wedding ring…

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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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Green Business Ideas: Bicycle Café Franchise

Some of the ‘brick and mortar’ green business ideas we’ve covered before can also easily be scaled down and modified into a mobile business, especially in those markets where there’s already a proven demand, as well as plenty of room for a unique small business to differentiate itself. It can be a huge advantage to have the ability to pedal your business around to the customers (or to a busy location), and to be self-contained, and the low overhead of…

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Generation Z Will Influence Your Business in 2015, Says Ford Trend Report

Generation Z, defined loosely as those born after 1993, will probably influence how your business is run in the coming years, if it hasn’t already, according to the latest Ford Trend Report. Whether you’re planning for the future of your business, planning to start up a business, or just looking to expand your reach in the coming year, it can be very helpful to study up on both the emerging trends in your industry, as well as the trends shaping…

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Green Buildings Help Small Businesses Save Money

Investing a little more money upfront in your buildings and facilities in order to incorporate green building technologies and techniques can end up putting more money back in the small business owner’s pockets. Buildings that are energy and water efficient help to cut down the impacts on resources held in common (our air and water quality, for example) and reduce waste and pollution, both of which may also come with price to business owners, so green buildings can be a…

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SCORE Workshops: Helpful or Harmful? A Case Study (Schuyler and McClelland)

SCORE, an entity funded by the Small Business Administration, was set up to help small business owners and perspective entrepreneurs succeed by providing free workshops for marketing, accounting systems, entity formation, taxation, and the like. These workshops are all taught by volunteers, as indicated by SCORE’s name, which used to be an acronym for “Service Corps of Retired Executives”. These days, the name has changed, and it’s no longer required that these volunteers be retired. Many people wonder, are these free…

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