Innovation and Design

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Crowdfunding strategies for social entrepreneurs

This is a great panel discussion about crowdfunding strategies in order to get a social-mission-driven company started (or a project developed). Jeff from Sustainablog hosted Tinia from Re-Nuble and Jen & Nick from TriplePundit, both of whom are doing crowdfunding campaigns at the moment, to talk about what’s going right, and what’s going wrong, with […]

November 29th

New York To Benefit From Delhi Clean Water Project

As the world’s population grows, so does demand for resources – especially clean water, which is becoming increasingly scarce. But efforts are under way to find solutions to this growing problem. One potentially revolutionary water recycling solution has been developed at the State University of New York at Delhi. The massive project will divert a […]

November 26th

EPA Allows Illegal Engines As Long As Feds Get Paid

Diesel engines are a big deal in America. They are used to haul the food we eat and the goods we otherwise consume. The biggest challenge in the wide use of the diesel engine is that its emissions will often pose a problem for maintaining clean air. The good news is that advancements in technology […]

September 28th

Meet the Top Sustainable Women CEOs: Kim Jordan

This week, the Important Media Network has committed to highlighting some of the women that are making the world a better place. At Inspired Economist, we thought we’d take part by profiling a great sustainable woman CEO every day this week. Check in each day to see who we have next!  Kim Jordan was New […]

September 3rd

You Think You Might start a Green Business?

Our aching planet just needs you to be thoughtful as you plow into your next venture. If you are, everyone wins, and wins sustainably into the indefinite future. A sustainable business considers the impacts of every facet of its operation and then attempts to address each, from paper consumption to human resources, in a way […]

November 7th

Pepsi Announces GREEN Bottle Made from Plant Resources

Let the world of PET bottles rejoice. PepsiCo has developed the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based, fully renewable resources, enabling the company to manufacture a beverage container with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. The new bottle is 100% recyclable and, according to the company, “far surpasses existing industry technologies.” The bottle […]

Sustainable Packaging: Are Mushrooms the New Styrofoam?

Ever wonder what happens to all that styrofoam and packaging surrounding your new plasma tv or furniture? Product designer Eben Bayer tells the hard truth about styrofoam and plastics and introduces a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile merchandise.  Even better, it protects the environment! Watch this short video from TED.com and find out more […]

October 5th

Sustainable Urban Living- Desert Style

Smack dab on the front page of the Sunday New York Times yesterday was some positive news out of the Middle East. Seems architect Norman Foster of firm Foster and Partners has, along with the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), developed a fully sustainable city called Masdar. While it seems like a bit […]

September 27th

Sustainable Product Design Summit October 26-27

When we talk about issues of sustainability, those discussions reach the superficial depths at best unless we design for sustainability at the outset. Otherwise, we’re always playing catch up. True sustainability means being proactive, not just reactive. That’s why conferences like the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Sustainable Product Design Summit are so important. Held on […]

September 13th

Mushroom Packaging: Don’t Throw It Out! Compost It!

When you’ve finished with EcoCradle packaging, you don’t throw it out. You compost it. That’s because it  is made from filamentous fungi (mushroom roots), which can be bonded into any shape. According to Ecovative Design, which grows the packaging (yes, I meant to say “grows”), EcoCradle provides the same cushioning, strength and protection as petrochemical […]

August 27th