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The days of single-use plastics are numbered. In 2018, Seattle became the first US city to ban single-use plastic cutlery. Starbucks followed suit with a plan to eliminate plastic straws by 2020, and several airlines joined by phasing out single-use plastic straws and stirrers. The anti-plastic movement became so prolific that “single-use” was named the word of the year by Collins Dictionary.…
by Sandra Marquardt, President, On the Mark Public Relations and Naturepedic Consultant
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May 7, 2019
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Green Your Home Green Living, Green Business
The Green Business Network is pleased to share the following news from our member Naturepedic: When environmental engineer Barry Cik went to a baby store to buy a crib mattress for his first grandchild in 2003, he was concerned by what he found in the products: a wide variety of toxic chemicals including vinyl and PVC with phthalates, polyurethane foam with flame retardants, formaldehyde, glues…
by Green Business Network
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March 25, 2019
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This spring, Green America is teaming up with author and farmer Acadia Tucker to answer questions about Climate Victory Gardening. In this blog, you'll get to know Acadia, what motivates her, and why she's such a great candidate for answering your questions. Acadia Tucker is a regenerative farmer, climate activist, and author of Growing Perennial Foods: A field guide to raising resilient herbs,…
by Scott Kitson
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March 25, 2019
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Climate Skip the Slip
Green Business Network director Fran Teplitz submitted the following letter to the Natural Resources Committee of the California Assembly in support of new “Skip the Slip” legislation. The bill was inspired by Green America’s Skip the Slip campaign urging businesses to use electronic receipts rather than toxic and wasteful paper receipts. Progress! On March 25, 2019 the Skip the Slip bill in…
The following is a guest blog post from Symone Jackson, Beneficial State Foundation’s Digital Engagement Manager based in Oakland, CA. There has been a lot of conversation around what a Green New Deal should look like. Many sustainability activists want to focus on decarbonizing the U.S. economy; some labor unions are understandably worried about the loss of fossil fuel jobs; and grassroots…
by Mary Meade
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March 4, 2019
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Social Justice, Green Business, Center for Sustainability women, empowering women, green business, green economy, socially responsible, diversity
March is celebrated as Women's History Month to commemorate the accomplishments and contributions of women to American history. It originally began as a local, week-long celebration in Santa Rosa, California after the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a Women's History Week celebration in 1978. Other communities caught onto the…
by Green Business Network
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February 21, 2019
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Labor, Green Business minimum wage
The following is testimony from Fran Teplitz, Director of Green America’s Green Business Network, at the Maryland State Senate hearing on February 21, 2019 in support of increasing Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour (SB 280). Victory!On March 28, 2019 the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of Maryland ’s “Fight  for 15” legislation.Here are the…
by Mary Meade and Sytonia Reid
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February 14, 2019
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Social Justice, Green Business green economy, social justice, socially responsible, money
Big companies have a history of oppressing small businesses and putting a heavy burden on low-income communities. For example, Amazon’s presence in Seattle caused rising housing costs and pushed out local mom-and-pop shops. But diversity builds economic vitality, uplifts communities, and promotes productivity and resilience. For a green economy, holistic sustainability is impossible without the…
by Scott Kitson
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February 6, 2019
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Labor, Social Justice, Green Business
Our allies at Business for a Fair Minimum Wage are launching a new sign-on statement for business people to support raising the federal minimum wage gradually to $15 by 2024—and we’re inviting business leaders to be some of the first to sign. The federal minimum wage has not increased since July 2009, and this year we’re headed toward a terrible milestone: the longest period without a raise since…
by Mary Meade
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February 4, 2019
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Reducing Carbon Emissions is Good for Business With the October 2018 UN report announcing that we have only 12 years to prevent devastating climate change, it’s time to talk about the role business can play in mitigating this crisis. If we make no improvements, climate change will damage economies, promote resource scarcity, and drastically increase the cost of doing business. Although 12 years…