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  • Federal Trade Commission cracks down on Greenwashing

    SC Johnson, maker of Windex, might have tossed the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back in relation to greenwashing. SC Johnson was sued by consumer activists over their “Green List” label, which they placed on products that had no verifiable sustainability credentials. Trouble was, it looked like a 3rd party, independent label that *did* […] More

  • Impact Investing has a whole new game

    You know that guy, Jim Cramer? He’s off his rocker. He’s got a TV show called Mad Money that’s akin to MTV of the early 90’s: the cameraman appears to have forgotten his tripod and also to be completely hammered, and there’s lots of random noises, buzzes, popups, bings, boops, and, well, Cramer. He analyzes […] More

  • For Appearance Sake: The BP Oil Spill Now

    BP would be happy if we put the Oil Spill out of our minds. Therefore they spend millions to assure that the public forgets the long term damage to wildlife. The message from BP is that most everything is back to normal, sponsoring ads to entice tourists back to Gulf, and funding university research on […] More

  • 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 […] More

  • RISI Seminar Tackles Tough Paper Industry Questions

    Earlier this month in my post “A Cynical Eye on Sprint’s ECO-mittment,” I got razzed a bit by a commenter about my ties to the printing and publishing industry. Do I have a bias towards paper and away from e-media? (I do, but not because I’m involved in the industry. It’s because I think e-media […] More

  • Eco Cocoa: Sweet or Loco?

    Last Thursday evening, February 10, as a sweet precursor to the Valentine’s Day ahead, the Global Cocoa Project, courtesy of its parent initiative, the Global Giving Circle, as well as from Calgary Brown producing the event for Hub Bay Area (in SoMa within the San Francisco Chronicle building), brought to our watering mouths a taste of what kind […] More

  • eBay Makes it Easy to Buy Green this Holiday Season

    If you’re worried about what to buy your “green” friend or family member this holiday season, look no further than on-line!  eBay makes shopping green easy on its Discover your green lifestyle on eBay page.  Plus, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by cutting out the travel to the stores!  From Occasion items, Home decor and […] More

  • Let it Snow? Sustainable Snow Salt and Removal

    I’ll admit, I love snow; and Pittsburgh winters never to fail to deliver on the fluffy white stuff.  But this week, as I got my first taste of what is sure to be a long white winter and nearly took a spill on on my un-salted sidewalk; I started to wonder how sustainable that snow […] More

  • Fair Trade USA Tackles Fashion and Cotton Industry

    While doing laundry, we read our clothing labels – “wash in cold water”and “tumble dry low”. But do we pay attention to the “made in…” labels such as Made in India or Made in Peru? What does that actually mean? And where is the transparency? Fair Trade USA (formerly TransFair USA) hopes to shed light […] More

  • Ben & Jerry’s Fair Trade Blogger Fest

    I am in Burlington, Vermont attending the Ben & Jerry’s Fair Trade Blogger Fest. Earlier this year, the ice cream company announced its plans “to go fully Fair Trade” for all its global flavors by the end of 2013… definitely an ambition goal. So for the next two days, bloggers from around the country will […] More

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