The latest entrant in the one-for-one model popularized by TOMS shoes is SWAP Socks, makers of fashionably-mismatched socks. SWAP Socks will give 50 percent of its profits to the SEVA Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing sight to visually-impaired people around the world. 3p Editor in Chief Jen Boynton recently attended the kickoff event for SWAP Socks’ Indiegogo campaign, held at Opaque restaurant in San Francisco and learned all about it.
More Than Me (MTM) Academy is a girls school in Monrovia, Liberia founded in September 2013. MTM enrolls 125 girls from a slum called West Point, a neighborhood known to have the highest rates of child prostitution in the country.
OSHA never ran an inspection of the scrap metal recycling facility where a worker was killed earlier this year–typical for this understaffed agency.
There is nothing the startup community loves more than a good disruption. And what better to disrupt than the prison-industrial complex — after all, a staggering 100 million Americans have criminal records and keeping them locked up costs us $63.4 billion a year. One woman has a plan to solve the problem with entrepreneurial teaching.
Reaching a settlement with the EPA and Justice Department, Trans Energy has agreed to pay a $3 million penalty and spend an estimated $13 million to restores streams and wetlands in West Virginia damaged as a result of dumping dredge and fill material associated with fracking the Marcellus Shale.
Microfinance has reached a stage in its lifecycle where it has become more stable as a financial inclusion tool, but with that stability can come stagnation. By exploring the role that nonprofits can serve in the ever-evolving sector of microfinance — serving the unprofitable, building trust and promoting innovation — experimentation and discovery can thrive.
It’s been a good month for sustainable furniture advocates in California. The state’s recent update of TB 117, which in effect allows furniture manufacturers to drop flame retardants from their product ingredients, is having a noticeable effect on the industry, according to the Center for Environmental Health. At the same time, California Senate took another step toward ensuring new flammability standards will be ready to go by Jan. 2015. All of this was bad news for chemical company Chemtura, which filed suit against the state to stop TB 117. A tentative ruling released last week rejected the criteria for the challenge, calling it “absurd.”
Indianapolis Power & Light’s decision to stop burning coal at its Harding Street power plant marked a big victory for residents and Power Indy Forward, a grassroots coalition of 55 organizations.
With another school year about to start, it’s a good time to reflect on the basic sciences: physics, chemistry and biology, and how important our understanding of them can be in dealing with what have become substantial threats to our existence.
It’s been a rough year for Tyson Foods. In June the company was sued by the state of Missouri for a wastewater discharge that effectively overloaded the local wastewater plant and resulted in the death of some 100,000 fish downstream. According to the company’s latest SEC filing, it’s now the subject of an EPA criminal investigation.
Scientists seem to be coming up with new vaccines every day. But GlaxoSmithKline’s malaria vaccine could be a game-changer — both for science and for those communities hit hard by this devastating disease.
As millennials we want our work to have meaning for ourselves and the world, and we place a higher value on consumer goods that have some sort of beneficial social or environmental impact. Although we are generally more conservative in our investment decisions than previous generations (can you blame us?), we are willing to take on more financial risk if it increases exposure to ESG impact.
What could be more important than keeping the pulse of the planet as a whole? We may be able to derive more health benefits from such data than from the personal activity monitoring that has become so popular these days.