Category: Green Business

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Environmentalists Are Efficiency Experts It’s not easy to find a bright side to America’s current economic downturn, but the environment may be one beneficiary. “The recession is only going to accelerate the trend toward environmental consumerism,” said Jacquelyn Ottman, a New York City-based environmental marketing consultant. “Many environmental business issues deal with managing resources more […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease, Climate Change Among Priority Issues Endangered species and other wildlife around the world are under siege like never before. Thanks to a public affairs and public relations firm in the United States, they have a powerful ally. Crossbow Communications, award-winning and record-setting public affairs and public relations consultants with offices in Denver, New […]

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Paper Recycling Makes Dollars and Sense In 1976, Alan Davis wanted to print an annual report on recycled paper, but had a difficult time finding a supply of it. So he switched careers and started a recycled paper company. Today, the Conservatree Paper Co. is the country’s only paper wholesaler to distribute strictly recycled paper. […]

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Save The Rainforest Some people proudly wear buttons proclaiming, “Save the Rainforest.” Now they can also wear buttons that actually do help save the rainforest. Thanks to an ongoing program that links human needs with conservation practices, tagua nuts from South American rainforests are being used to make ivory-like buttons for more than 30 clothing […]

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Sustainable Forestry In an effort to create a “good-forest-keeping seal,” a nonprofit institute in northern California has developed a system to identify lumber harvested in an ecologically sound manner. The labeling program calls for land owners and logging operations to follow 10 elements of sustainability in harvesting their forests. To receive a seal of approval, […]

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Recharge Your Sole Incorporating such diverse items as coffee filters, old tires and plastic left over from the production of disposable diapers, an Oregon company has created a walking shoe made entirely of recycled materials. Julie Lewis, founder of DejaShoes, says the shoe meets all the technical qualifications of a good walking shoe, including a […]

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Waste Management Strategies It’s no secret — America’s disposable society has created a landfill crisis. Landfills around the country are approaching capacity, and new sites are difficult to approve. Portland, Ore., however, is on the right track with an innovative solution. The city has created the nation’s largest composting facility for municipal solid waste. In […]

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Greener Fashions Fashion designer Lynda Grose wanted to create an environmentally sensitive line of clothing. But before she put a proposal into final form, Susie Tompkins, owner of Esprit International, approached Grose with the same idea. The result is Ecollection, a new line of clothing that incorporates innovative manufacturing processes — from handicrafts to high […]

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Biodegradable Plastic A potato that produces natural plastic may soon be a reality. But unlike the original plastic potato, Mr. Potato Head, this new plant will have profound impacts on the nature of plastic and its ability to exist in harmony with the environment. Scientists now are perfecting a system of growing organic plastics rather […]

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Packaging Consumes Resources, Landfills Liquid-pouch packaging, which takes the place of rigid plastic bottles, is one example of source reduction whose time has arrived. While its popularity has grown in Europe and Canada during the past few years, the flexible-pouch concept was first patented in France in the early 1960s. It is now being used […]

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