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by Medha Chidambaram
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September 26, 2019
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Green America’s mission is to build the green economy, one grounded in social justice and environmental sustainability. To do so, we promote responsible, sustainable economic actions, from supporting green businesses to helping individuals bank and invest with financial institutions that support people and the planet. This summer, Green America joined a coalitional letter to five regional banks…
by Green Business Network
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August 30, 2019
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Originally published on business.com by Bryan Pena | August 30, 2019 Getting certified can help your small business. There are more than 40 million independent workers in the U.S. today, and that means a competitive market for the attention and eyeballs of your desired clients. Becoming an effective networker, honing your social media presence and developing a comprehensive marketing strategy…
While vacations are meant to be relaxing, discovering the environmental cost of travel is not. Airplanes have a large carbon footprint, traditional rental cars use gas, and “travel size” typically means lots of single-use packaging. Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, consider these tactics recommended by our travel experts at the Green Business Network to ensure your…
by Medha Chidambaram
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July 16, 2019
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We know that wasteful product packaging has a massive negative impact on the environment, and the growing popularity of two-day (or even same-day) shipping has exacerbated this problem.  Packaging like plastic mail pouches, single-use containers, and food storage often wind up in landfills. Despite the wide availability of recycling cardboard boxes, many still wind up in the garbage. With the…
Recycling has been used for years by companies in an attempt to reduce their negative impact on the environment. Recently, many businesses have been turning to upcycling to achieve this goal in an alternative and more impactful manner. What is recycling? Recycling primarily entails breaking down old items into their raw materials to create new items, such as plastic, glass, paper, etc.…
Green businesses adopt principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, employees, communities, and planet. But just because a business claims they are “green” doesn’t mean they uphold the standards of social responsibility and sustainability. That’s where third-party certifications come in. A third-party certification serves to verify a business’s claims…
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…
Originally published on Forbes by Kristen Philipkoski | May 3, 2019 Flower deliveries on Mother's Day are hardly novel, but honoring Mother Nature while shipping bouquets is a relatively new idea. It was only about 10 years ago that consumers and companies began looking at the environmental impact that goes along with growing and shipping refrigerated flowers around the world. The ecological…
by Green Business Network
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March 25, 2019
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Green America teamed 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, fruits &…