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Growing Green – and Community – in DC

Growing Green – and Community – in DC

From (a)pples to(Z)ipcars, the Washington, DC metro area has been experiencing a “green” transformation. With the upcoming DC Green Festival now in its eighth year, what better time to reflect on the evolution of its host city – and metro area – over the past few years Let’s look at two key topics affecting the everyday lives of citizens – food and transportation.

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FDA Issues Warning Letter To Lancome

The FDA wrote a letter to Lancôme, owned by L’Oréal, earlier this month concerning the claims the cosmetics company makes about eight of its products.

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Painting Rwanda’s Future – The Healing Power of Art

Jean Bosco Bakunzi, a 26 year old survivor and orphan of the genocide, founded Uburanga Art Studio, named after the Kinyarwanda word for “beauty” with the mission “to heal people mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.”

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Women in Green: We Haven’t Hit Rock Bottom Yet

After attending the Women in Green Forum in Santa Monica, this post explores limiting factors to broader engagement in the sustainability movement and the importance of developing a willingness to try, and change.

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Can Lipstick Eradicate Poverty?

Direct sales of lipstick can be a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty, according to the findings of a research from the University of Oxford on poor women in South Africa that have become “Avon Ladies.”

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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.

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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