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Tiny House to Occupy Wall Street

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

In the US, over 5,000,000 homes have been foreclosed since the bank bailout. With the housing crisis at the crux of the economic breakdown, just think how different things would look if even half those five million people had chosen to build a tiny house, ten years ago. On December 13th Tumbleweed Founder and Small…

Guest Post: The Present and Future of Sustainable Product Design

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In 1987, the World Commission on the Environment highlighted the need to create sustainable products that would meet the needs of the present world “without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.. Reality check: it’s been almost twenty-five years since this discussion started.  How are we doing?  Is the market regulating…

Urban Farming About More Than Just Food

With youth unemployment now at over one million in the UK, skills upgrades are more vital than ever. In respose to this need, Cultivate London began an urban farming project in March, in which young people aged 16-24 can learn real gardening skills. The project has both apprentices and trainees, supported by a head grower…

The Plastic Bag Ban

The ACT Plastic Bag Ban

Plastic bags can take 50 generations, or 1000 years to break down in landfill While Seattle is working towards the use of fewer paper cups, Australia’s Northern and Capital territories will soon be using far less plastic bags. From 1 November 2011 no retailer in the ACT will be able to supply the single-use, light…

Green Companies Yield Good Returns

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Portfolio 21 recently released its Top 10 list of eco-friendly companies that are doing well by doing good. Each of these businesses makes a contribution to a better world, some in the form of energy-saving products and systems for manufacturers, or of time and resource preserving services and consultation, or even for services for companies…

Full Range of Fairtrade Chocolate

Some, but not yet all, of Green & Black’s organic chocolate bars are fairtrade certified. But they have announced that not only are they on track to met their pledge of being entirely Fairtrade by the end of 2011, and in the UK they have already achieved that goal. This includes both chocolate bars and…

Green Companies: Putting Your Money Where Your Ideals Are

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There are many aspects to green living that go beyond your personal efforts.  Working with, buying from, and investing in green companies can help you further your journey in sustainable living.  Although many companies are compliant with laws and requirements that protect the environment and their workers, there are also many that go beyond those…