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Xerox Achieves 31% Reduction in C02 Emissions

Xerox achieved a 31 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, and a 26 percent reduction in water use in the last eight years, according to its recently released CSR report. The company that is synonymous with photocopying increased recycling to 93 percent (over 2008 figures), keeping an extra 100 million pounds of waste from landfills. … Continued

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Make a Green Film in 48 Hours

The 48 Hour Film Project (48 HFP) is going green in one of the competitions it is produces. As part of 48 Go Green, participants have to write, shoot, and edit an environmentally themed film.  The catch and the fun of it all is that all of this as to be done within a 48 … Continued

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BofA Has Domain Shopping Spree Ahead of WikiLeaks Round

Whatever you think about WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, he is not going down–nor will he be extradited -quietly. The megalomaniac Internet activist has caused plenty of consternation, and a spike in antacid sales, for his release of US State Department cables and other confidential information that has revealed much about wars and events around the … Continued

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The Economist Speculates on the Future of Vertical Farming

A recent Economist article asks the question of vertical farming, “Does it really stack up?”  In theory, it’s a win-win-win concept for the environment, feeding growing urban populations locally, and increasing space for agriculture without more land use.  But the reality is that vertical farming is costly energy-wise due to the need for artificial lighting … Continued

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Bayer Expanding From Aspirin to Headaches

The German chemical giant Bayer, most widely known for curing headaches, seems to be causing a few lately with their insistence on pushing their controversial genetically modified rice on farmers around the world. They have a new strain, LL62 that has been approved for commercial use,  but only in the US (other strains have been … Continued

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Does “100% Recycled” Mean Anything? Yes. Sort of.

Some years ago I wrote a bit of a rant about the term “100% Recycled” and how it has a very ambiguous meaning (at best). My argument: Most consumers assume that “recycled” means material that was used by some other consumer, collected, and remade into something new. The reality is that the legal definition of … Continued

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What Sustainable Marketers Can Learn From The Infomercial

The infomercial, also known as direct-response TV marketing, is the constantly derided bane of the advertising world. It’s the method of choice for advertising useless, cheap products that bring little to our lives yet add to the clutter of our consumer existence.

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SunChips: The Crinkle Heard Round The World

Something astounding happened recently. A crumpling bag caused a company to crumple up years of effort and commitment to a green packaging innovation and toss it in the bin. Yes, the much touted fully compostable bag for SunChips was released this year, with high expectations and many other companies paying close attention. And what happened? … Continued

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Fair Trade, Source Direct: A Purple Cow in Rhode Island #3pVOTE

This post is part of our year-end “year in review” sustainable business writing contest. We’ve asked 3p readers to submit their own thoughts about the state of sustainable business in 2010. More information about the contest is available here. All submitted articles will be available on this page. Voting will happen in January! By Robert … Continued

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3p Update: New Forums, More Partnerships, New Series…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thanks for a stellar 2010 (with one more week to go) and for helping us grow the site and the community by leaps and bounds this year. TriplePundit has always been a catalyst for conversation about sustainability in business. We’re excited to be launching reader-run forums this week (in “beta”). … Continued

Green Cherry-Picking: the Limits of Sustainability #3pVOTE

This post is part of our year-end “year in review” sustainable business writing contest. We’ve asked 3p readers to submit their own thoughts about the state of sustainable business in 2010. More information about the contest is available here. All submitted articles will be available on this page. Voting will happen in January! by Nad … Continued

EPA Issues Plan for GHG Regulation

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set forth plan to set standards for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the heaviest polluters. In a landmark announcement, in line with their relatively new jurisdiction over GHG regulations within the Clean Air Act, the EPA announced that they will issue more specific standards in the upcoming year. … Continued

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FoxyLeaks: Leaked Internal Memo Catches Fox With Its Bias Hanging Out

Perhaps it is WikiLeaks fever that is sweeping the world, but a leaked memo from Fox News made public this week by Media Matters was a blatant example illustrating how the reporting by the Fox News organization is unfair and imbalanced by design. The memo, in essence ordered Fox reporters, to “refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.”

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NedWater Turns the Water Cooler Into a Tool of Action

Many of you reading this have a glass of water sitting nearby. Water is typically seen either neutrally, something that just comes out of your tap, or contentiously, a wasteful carbon intensive purchase whose plastic containers generate huge amounts of waste annually. What if your water purchase was actually beneficial to many people, and its … Continued

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SunRun: A New Kind of Utility Company

Many homeowners are interested in utilizing renewable energy sources, including solar panels, but the costs are often prohibitive. Even with tax incentives, solar panels and wind turbines cannot always provide an acceptable return on investment. Some companies, however, have developed innovative business models aimed at solving this issue. SunRun, a United States based provider of … Continued