Teenager Ben DeBlois turned his concern about water bottle pollution into a company. Pinecone Products focuses on water quality products.
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Why own when you can rent whatever you need, whenever you need it? The benefit of this approach is that each micro-transaction boosts the local economy, while the same goods are circulated again and again. This is called the sharing economy, and our friends at Triplepudit are planning to write a series on it… with your help.
When Marketing Slogans and Reality Aren't Aligned: Ikea and the Case of the 600-Year-Old Russian Forests
Ikea has prided itself on being sensitive to global concern on deforestation and pollution, but recent allegations allege the company has been logging in a 600 year old Russian forest.
Ideas are where all innovation begins. The environment is not only becoming a big part of the public dialogue, it is also fueling research, education, and business. The green job sector is amongst the fastest growing in a fairly unstable and stagnant economy.
High tech, environmentally friendly space cabin home, designed by Windfarm. Sourced from local materials so as to fit within the natural environment.
As a design concept, biomimicry has been applied to everything from solar cells to air conditioning to the efficiency of web servers. Given those examples, as well as others you might run across, it’s easy to think of this concept primarily in technical terms: biomimicry’s about getting things to perform as efficiently as their counterparts […]
Think of the city of Detroit and burned out and deserted… where it’s not crime-infested? Yes, the city’s had its ups and downs, but that hasn’t stopped residents from trying to raise the standard of living for all. For some in Detroit, that work involves advocating bicycling… as a way to save money, improve health, and […]
Of all the environmental challenges currently facing us, biodiversity loss probably gets the least amount of broad attention… likely because its also one of the toughest to wrap our heads around (yep, even more than climate change). As biodiversity is key to maintaining healthy ecosystems, and life on Earth period, it’s also one of the […]
After the earth was created, soil formed slowly over geological time from the weathering of rocks. It began to support early plant life, which protected and enriched it until it became the topsoil that sustains the diversity of plants and animals we know today. Now the world’s ever-growing herds of cattle, sheep, and goats are […]
The notion of bike delivery isn’t particularly new: courier and messenger services have been around in urban areas for decades, even developing their own culture. Hauling larger loads by bike, however, is a concept that’s still catching on… the services we have seen on this front are relatively unique. A group of students from three […]
If you’ve followed our occasional sustainablog Approved series on green businesses, you may realize that Teagan and Mack isn’t the first organic line of baby clothes we’ve featured… last Summer, we also gave a nod to Funkoos. And if you look around just a little more, you’ll find that start-up companies focused on “green” apparel for […]
Losing his job in one of the worst job markets in recent memory just meant Ian Richie had to think outside of the (lunch) box. He began by delivering homemade soup to friends using his cargo bicycle and cooler and has added customers every week. The name of his business is SoupByCycle.
Regular readers of sustainablog will probably recognize the name Kriss Bergethon, as he’s contributed a number of guest posts over the last few months on topics ranging from off-grid living to the latest solar news. Writing isn’t Kriss’ main gig, though… he and his wife Sue are the owners of Solar Sphere, an online store […]