Sustainable Business

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Options for Serial Entrepreneurs

Business startups are one of the most important parts of the world economy. Accordingly, most entrepreneurs state their ultimate goals as owning their own business. But the reality is running a business is complex, risky, exhausting, and does not necessarily HAVE to be the immediate end-goal for every actionable idea you seek to monetize. There are other […]

February 26th

The Trouble with Money | Building a Sustainable Economy

Money.  It’s one of the biggest misconceptions in modern economic theory around and a huge barrier to building a sustainable economy. Not because there’s anything intrinsically wrong with money, but how economists have come to view it does no-one (or very few people) any favours. Here’s the problem: you mention economics and everyone assumes you […]

February 7th

New EU Law Promotes More Efficient Aircraft Emissions, Stirs Controversy

Despite good intentions about contributing to a healthier environment, the European Union recently enforced a law that heavily restricts aircraft emissions, and has subsequently been met with tremendous opposition. The law essentially requires all aircraft operators touching down or taking off in Europe to offer a permit that illustrates the craft’s emissions levels throughout the entire […]

December 8th

Mandatory CSR spending a step closer

Mandatory CSR spending moved a step closer this week after and announcement by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs that it had received no objections to the controversial Clause 135 of the Companies Bill 2011.  This helps clear the way for the bill to become law sometime next year. Clause 135 states that all businesses […]

November 30th

Ten Cool Things GM Have Done To Reduce Waste

In October, General Motors published a blueprint for companies to follow to reduce their waste going to landfill.  Buried within it are ten cool things GM has done to reduce its own landfill waste.  These are: Converting 227 miles of oil soaked booms from the Deepwater Horizon disaster into air deflectors for the Chevvy Volt.  […]

November 22nd

Planned Obsolescence and the Bic Effect – Part 6

In short order the name of Bic was equated with the rising popularity of inexpensive disposable products – a n emerging trend. The list of wares ran the gamut, from razors to disposable cameras. Unlike Brooke Stevens’ adage involving a product that was newer and slightly better, the world of disposables simply involved low cost and the ability to produce at a massive scale.

October 25th

Unplanned Obsolescence & the Texas Back Roads: Part 5

Best intentions aside, there is no economy here, just the imagination that someone brushed on canvas some time ago. In one quaint town, the doors of the small restaurant are locked shut; it is the same at the hardware store and gas station on the corner. The remaining clothing store with an “Open” sign in the window must be run by wealthy hobbyists in need of a write off or by one of the few churches that’s still open.

October 17th

How to make sustainability happen: Amp it up!

What happens when your boss calls a meeting and looks around the room and says, “OK…sustainability is all the rage these days and it looks like the business benefit is clear. Who knows how we can do something proactive around healthy product design?   [awkward pause]   Energy efficiency?  [pause…even more awkward]  Come on guys…does […]

October 16th

The Glaring Need for a Sustainability Info-rum

As consumer demand increases for green products and companies continue to embrace sustainability as a business strategy, it’s glaringly apparent that there is going to be a need for solid, data-driven information that can help companies make smart decisions. The Fortune 500 has started adding the Chief Sustainability Officer as an official C-suite position, but […]

October 5th

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