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2012: Top 10 Sustainable Start-Ups

In 2012 we had many entrepreneurs that worked hard to create a more sustainable future. While we don’t have the space to mention each and every new entrepreneur and start-up, we did choose a list of 10 start-ups that we loved in 2012 and believe we’ll hear more about in the upcoming years.

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Swiss Recycling Efficiency in Egyptian Slums

What if I told you that the renowned Swiss efficiency was being far outpaced by the efforts of a few small business owners in the Muqattam slums just outside of Cairo, Egypt? They are very good at what they do, and the secret to their success lies in the empowerment of the right people for the job.

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Will the New Social Impact Bond Right Society’s Wrongs?

The Social Impact Bond is getting a lot of attention, or maybe hype, because it targets core inefficiencies of social programs and, most importantly, transfers the burden of risk from taxpayers to private investors.

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Solar Energy Brings Power to Rural India

For the last year, the village of Meerwada in Central India has been learning to live with solar energy. Located some 90 minutes from the nearest city by way of a rocky 4×4 dirt road, this small town sits on the cutting edge of a modern-day industrial revolution that may one day transform rural India.

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Your Couch May Be Giving You Cancer

A new peer reviewed study shows that most of the couches purchased in the U.S. between 1985 and 2010 contain toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.

The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, found that 85% of the 102 couches tested were treated with chemical flame retardants that are either known to be toxic or lack adequate health information. The most common flame retardant in couches was the notorious TDCPP, or chlorinated Tris, a carcinogen that was banned from use in children’s sleepwear over 35 years ago.

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Open Letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack

While it seems we have created a highly efficient food and farming system in the U.S., we are actually causing more harm than good. We need a food and farming solution that feeds people in a way that promotes good health for them and the soil.

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Sustainability: Making Engineers Giddy

Doing the impossible? Where do I sign up? My goal as a sustainability professional is to make sure that more people feel this way. I feel strongly that you need to meet people where they are on their sustainability journey. And it is a journey.

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Stick It to Black Friday 2012 by Shopping At Stores That Truly Help Others

Looking for an alternative? Explore the sharing economy While some of us prefer to stay warm and snuggle in our living rooms Thanksgiving night, others are already lined up, or even camping, in parking lots waiting to snag those Black Friday deals on laptops, flat screen TVs or The Hunger Games on Blu-ray DVD. Black … Continued

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Walmart Attempts to Halt Black Friday Strikes

In response to numerous strikes at stores and warehouses around the country recently, and in anticipation of more on Black Friday, Walmart asks the National Labor Relations Board to halt the strikes. But it might be too late.