Sustainable Business

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Stevia Helps US Lose Weight & Quit Smoking, Too

As more Americans quit smoking, estranged tobacco farmers are coping with their grief by switching to growing domestic stevia, instead. Approved for commercial use in the U.S. five years ago, stevia extracts are fast becoming the more popular choice of sugar substitutes in America. Although most stevia is currently grown in China and South America, […]

December 8th

IKEA Expands Solar Sales to Eight New Countries

IKEA Group lately announced it will expand its residential solar sales from Britain into the Netherlands and Switzerland before the end of this year. The offer will expand to a further 6 countries within the coming 18 months. “We know that our customers want to save energy and live more sustainably at home,” said Peter Agnefjäll, […]

November 21st

Consumer Greendex: A Sustainable Consumption Index

If we base our opinions about the state of sustainable consumption on the number of so-called green products and services on the market, we might believe that everyone’s going green, or at least has somewhat of an interest in it. But when it comes to actually making greener choices, what is the real state of […]

November 6th

How to Read a Sustainability Report

[Originally published by Marc Gunther at] Corporate sustainability reports have been around since … well, it’s hard to say.  The first report may have been published by “companies in the chemical industry with serious image problems” in the 1980s, or by Ben & Jerry’s in 1989 or Shell in 1997. No matter — since […]

November 1st

Online Natural Capital Management System Launched

When considering the impacts that companies have on the world, both the positives and the negatives, it’s not enough to look at just the balance sheets or other financial reports. Sure, it’s important to have a strong financial base for a company, but that only tells part of the story. Looking at the corporate social […]

October 29th

The Story of Sustainable Solutions

What does a game-changing sustainable solution to our overly-consumptive and wasteful lifestyle look like? Could it be aiming for “better” rather than “more”? Annie Leonard, of The Story of Stuff fame, has a new video out, this time focusing on solutions and exploring how we can move our economy toward a more sustainable end, beginning […]

October 7th

Bad Bad Packaging

I can’t help myself! I review the shopping venues shelves, such as my local supermarket and Walmart, to investigate what manufacturers are doing to make the packaging of their products more sustainable. I have to admit that I focus on the negative. I really notice the packaging tragedies, and cringe to see just how bad […]

March 6th