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Ethix Merch Pairs Unions with the Environmental Movement

Ethix Merch, which started in 2002, matches over 100 factories with clients that are seeking friendlier alternatives to the laser pen or plastic keychain. Where Ethix Merch steps away from its competition is that its staff works with its clients in choosing the best possible chotskies for that gig, taking into account budget, environmental considerations, and social consciousness into account.

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Bag Monsters Take Over San Francisco to Support Plastic Bag Ban

This weekend, ChicoBag kicked off its nationwide Bag Monster tour in San Francisco. The goal: bring an to end to single use plastic waste. A Bag Monster, an invention as crafty as ChicoBag’s patented product itself, is a costume made of 500 plastic bags, the number an average American uses yearly. With many companies and … Continued

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Calling All Hot, Rich, and Green Women Entrepreneurs

Over the weekend, I read an inspiring book entitled, Hot, Rich, and Green: The Secret Formula Women are Using to Get Rich and Save the Planet. Rebecca Harrell Tickell, the author, gave a copy of her book to me last week. We met spontaneously in a parking lot in Venice, CA, where I was admiring … Continued

Ex-Im Bank Financing Boosts Dirty Energy Projects

The Sierra Club is on the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s case for subsidizing fossil fuel projects around the world at the expense of clean energy projects as part of its huge portfolio of loans and loan guarantee programs. Ex-Im Bank’s activity comes despite pledges from the Obama Administration to phase out financial support for polluting projects. … Continued

Could the SEC Benefit from Crowdsourcing?

Marcia Kramer Mayer and Paul J. Hinton of NERA Economic Consulting suggest that the SEC require investment advisors to report quarterly their assets under management, using an account code. Custodian banks in turn would report the quarter-end numbers of their advisors; clients, meanwhile, would have the option to enter their collective asset value of their investments.

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B1G1: How To Make Your Business Card Stand Out, Usefully

Business cards. Try as we might to digitize the process of exchanging contact information, the ritual of exchanging business cards lives on. For many of us, we hand them out early and often, resulting in a pile of post conference cards sitting on our desk. Unless you’ve got a sharp memory or had a sharp … Continued

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Want to Start a Green Business? Consider an Upcoming Boot Camp

In partnership with TriplePundit, Scott Cooney’s is hosting a Social Entrepreneur Boot Camp in San Francisco August 21st-22nd. The intensive two day workshop will help attendees get their dream green business off the ground. Attendees will come in with an idea, and leave with the tools and training they need to make it happen. … Continued


Venture Capital, Meet Human Capital

Is it the new widget or new idea or the people behind the new widget or new idea that really excites venture capitalists? Virtually every company says its success hinges on the people they employ. And of course it’s people first, then planet and profit in the triple bottom line. What is not entirely clear … Continued

Capital Markets for Social Good Soon to Launch in Asia

Social entrepreneurship has taken off in these regions, but enterprises tackling challenges from health care to microfinance struggle because they do not have the access to capital to expand their operations. The Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), based in Singapore, will try to change that, offering a hand up, not a hand out, to organizations who need funding.

Electromagnetic Windows Add to Mississippi County’s Rapid Growth

Silicon Valley-based Soladigm is banking that electromagnetic windows’ pricing can decrease as they scale and builders install them in more office buildings. The three-year-old start-up, which is based in Milpitas, CA, has received funding from Sigma Partners and Khosla Ventures.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in California Compliance Market

by Lee Barken The winds of change are blowing across the climate change policy landscape. With legislation stalled in the Senate, attention now shifts to state and regional initiatives. In California, the Global Warming Solutions Act, better known as AB32 and passed in 2006, establishes a statewide mandate for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions, including participation … Continued

Peace Dividend Trust Leads International Aid Improvement in Afghanistan

The Peace Dividend Trust (PDT), Scott Gilmore’s brainchild, strives to make humanitarian aid more effective, efficient, and equitable, allowing foreign aid missions to achieve their goals faster. Working to cut out the middlemen while permitting the funds to flow from international procurement officers to local vendors, PDT encourages local resources to rebuild their economies rather than relying on expensive international aid workers and supplies. The Peace Dividend Marketplace is one result of the PDT.


“Mango Store” Brings Retail Banking to the Unbanked

There are 30-40 million American households without a bank account, according to the Center for Financial Services Innovation, a fact that could either be seen as a sad statistic – or a tremendous business opportunity. Mango Money sees it as essentially both. The financial services company, launched in 2008, provides prepaid debit cards to customers … Continued

Sundrop Fuels: Dancin’ with the Blazing Sun for Biomass Gas

Hot, hot, hot. It almost sounds too good to be true: Using solar power to create fuel. It’s called solar biomass gasification, a concept and process that’s been around for a while, mostly in university research and scientific circles. A relatively new company that has emerged from that university research environment, Sundrop Fuels Inc., apparently … Continued