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Bringing the Impact of Fair Trade Back Home

Santiago Halty, founder and CEO of Senda Athletics, recently visited Sialkot, Pakistan, where he saw the impact that Fair Trade gave to his soccer ball factory. Now, he wants to show people the impact of their fair trade purchases through a documentary film.

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Kickstarter Phenomenon ReadySet: A Powerful Example of Trickle Up Innovation

A small device is creating a big buzz on Kickstarter: The ReadySet is a plug and play charging/power source that can take a near unlimited set of inputs, powering a huge range of devices. This has relevance both in far off the grid developing countries and back here in the States as well.

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SHE Enterprises Creates Banana Fluff Pads and Businesses in Africa

Many Harvard Business School classmates went to hedge funds or Wall Street, but Elizabeth Scharpf works in Africa… with sanitary pads.

In 2007, Scharpf started Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) to manufacture and distribute menstrual pads from banana leaf fiber. The idea came about because, while working in Mozambique in grad school, she learned many women in factories were missing work because of their periods.

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Why Your Organic Veggies Need Food Fingerprinting

The market for organic and eco-labelled foods has grown from pretty much zero to a staggering $60 billion industry within the past twenty years. Like in any other industry, there are always some who try to cut corners, falsely advertise and misrepresent themselves to consumers. Here’s how one researcher aims to stop them.

Four Types of Employee Giving Programs

Four Top Corporate Giving Programs

Did you know that thousands of companies offer corporate employee giving programs? These charitable programs are setup by corporations as a way to give back to local organizations where employees are donating either their time or money. In 2010, U.S. corporations gave $15 billion to charities with about 20-25% of that coming from employee giving programs.

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Study Finds that Obesity Leads to Resource Constraints

Obesity already is a public health concern and the recent study published in BMC Public Health, concludes that “Increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demands as an extra half a billion people living on the earth.” The research team of the study used body mass indexes and overall population to calculate the … Continued

Bay2Rio+20 Delegation and Fellow Attendees of Rio+20

Bay2Rio+20 Connects Bay Area (and the World) with Rio+20 Attendees

By Gregory Delaune This post is part of the on-going events news, related to the Bay2Rio+20 delegation team’s on-the-ground coverage from Rio+20. It addresses the on-line international charrette/workshop, which will take place at the San Francisco Bay Area Hub and at Hub Culture in Rio de Janeiro on June 23rd.  To follow along, click here. … Continued

Green Jobs and Rio+20: The Dirty Work of Transitioning to a Green Economy

We came into the negotiations thinking that countries might agree to implement national strategies for green job creation, especially for young people. But all we have is ‘encouragement’ of the private sector to contribute to job creation, and ‘Encouraging’ is not, well, that encouraging.