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  • What’s Your Green Resolution for 2010?

    It’s the time of year when people are making resolutions to lose weight, better manage their finances, better manage their anger, and myriad other things. Is increasing your commitment to environmental sustainability on that list? As I wrote in my very first post for The Inspired Economist in the fall of 2008, the neat thing […] More

  • Big Important Speeches and Little Breakout Groups at BSR

    No matter who attends the BSR conference, we always seem to find a balance between the people who legitimately wish to improve sustainability, not just for their company but the planet, and those who set out to further their profits by subtle or blatant greenwashing. During the Thursday morning breakfast, Zhang Yue, chairman and CEO […] More

  • Mass Customization’s Role in a Sustainable Economy

    Mass production has been used since the industrial revolution as a means of creating large quantities of standardized products. It has many advantages over one-at-a-time production. It reduces coast and provide interchangeable parts.  Its disadvantages are that it can over produce and it dehumanizes labor. Mass production will often continue to build inventory in spite […] More

  • Taking Sustainable Packaging to a New Level

    When we think about “sustainable packaging,” we think about recycled paper and plastics, but there is a lot more to sustainability than that. In running across a company called Distant Village Packaging, which specializes in sustainable packaging, that fact was brought home in a powerful way. . . in pictures. I learned of A Distant […] More

  • Growing Plastic: A New Use for Biomass

    In the constant push for ever newer and greener technology and energy, we sometimes forget that it is often both simpler and cheaper to revisit old techniques in new ways. And that’s exactly what a group of researchers in California has done. By combining several old and well understood chemical techniques and reactions, they have […] More

  • GE To Open $100 Million Sodium Battery Plant In NY

    GE’s hybrid locomotive battery GE partners with New York state to create a $ 100 million manufacturing facility for a new sodium based battery technology in the Capital region. Who imagined that ordinary table salt could be the secret to storing energy? GE is once again bringing the notion of a technology based economy home, […] More

  • Ford Invests $550 Million to Build Small Cars and Electric Vehicles

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/M_N-_rZ642s&hl=en&fs=1] Kelly Blue Book Video Review of the Ford Focus Earlier this week, Ford announced that they are retooling their manufacturing facility in Michigan, which previously built SUVs, to now produce the small and fuel-efficient Ford Focus in 2010, and the battery-electric Ford Focus by 2011. With this investment of $550 million worth, Ford continues […] More

  • Companies Unite to Foster Green Chemistry

    In the January 5, 2009 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the official trade journal of the American Chemical Society, the ACS announced the formation of the Formulated Products Roundtable. This organization, which will begin operating later this month, is an industry-financed partnership between the ACS’s Green Chemistry Institute (GCI), a not-for-profit group devoted to promoting green chemistry, and sixteen prominent companies that manufacture cosmetics, perfumes, soaps, detergents, and other household and industrial cleaning products. Its aim is to share knowledge of green chemistry among its members in order to create products that are more sustainable, more environmentally friendly, and safer – and hopefully, more profitable too. More

  • Supply Side Economics: Transforming Carbon Emissions Into Useful Products

    Carbon Sciences, Inc. has developed an innovative technology to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) – which is implicated in the issue of global warming – into a number of commercially useful, earth-friendly carbon products. The company calls this technology advance: GreenCarbon Technology. The aim is to extract value from carbon emissions by transforming the gas into a product that holds commercial value. More

  • Forest Stewardship Council Files Suit Against U.S. Government

    The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which provides chain-of-custody certifications for forestry-based products (including office and printing papers, as well as the suppliers that print on, distribute, and dispose of those products), has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government, the first-ever legal action in its 10-year history. The letter from Corey Brinkema, president of the […] More

  • Earthster- Making Life Cycle Assessment More Accessible

    Earthster is an organization that helps to make Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) more accessible to all users worldwide.  In addition to offering the benefits of LCA without a lot of capital or time investment, Earthster’s web portal provides a market benefit to these organizations, as well as links to resources for environmental and social improvements. […] More

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