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Hair Scare: FDA Issues Warning Against Brazilian Blowouts

The quest for shiny, straight hair has taken on a dangerous curl with the FDA’s first official warning against the Brazilian Blowout treatment. Not only may the brand be putting consumers in harm’s way but they may also be indulging in false advertising. The Brazilian Blowout is a hair-straightening treatment that was first introduced in Brazil … Continued

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How Can Suburbs Join The Bicycling Boom?

It’s finally happening. Circumstances, public opinion and political will have aligned to create massive increases in biking infrastructure and bike sharing across the world. Bike businesses are seeing massive, sustained increases in demand, despite the troubled economic times. I must admit that with all the rosy reporting on global bike sharing companies and city schemes, I’ve … Continued

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Thriving Microfinance Sector Strengthens Colombia’s Economy

Nearly 50% of Colombia’s 46 million citizens live below the poverty line. Microfinance organizations such as Colombians Supporting Colombians (CAC) are giving budding entrepreneurs a leg up by providing micro-loans and other banking services that conventional banks are unwilling to offer. Some $3.5 billion in micro-credit was disbursed in 2010 to more than 2 million borrowers.

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Green Festival Comes to Los Angeles

For the past ten years, the Green Festival has been an annual or bi-annual event in San Francisco.  The Green Festival has also taken place elsewhere across the country, with Chicago, Seattle, and Washington D.C. to name a few locations.  Now, for the first time in its decade of existence, the Green Festival is coming … Continued

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Mobile Unlocks the Future of Local

Mobile is unlocking possibilities for local lifestyles that could very well redefine consumption as we know it. Location based micro-economies are emerging with increasing levels of sophistication – micro-economies operated by you and I. Now, anyone with a smartphone and something to offer can be a friendly neighbourhood retailer. Every day, mobile startups are creatively making this easier and more enjoyable in the name of collaborative consumption, the groundswell movement within which true sustainability may finally be achieved.

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Is the Future of Local Food Hiding Inside Shipping Containers?

Local food is not just a growing trend but also a fertile ground for innovation. Last June I wrote here about BrightFarms’ innovative model of supermarket rooftop farms. Another example is Atlanta-based PodPonics that is also presenting a unique approach to growing local food, combining computer-controlled environmental systems with recycled containers. PodPonics believes its approach … Continued

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Legacoop Cooperative in Bologna, Italy Empowers Worker-Owners

This post is the first in a series of articles by Jeffrey Hollender on cooperative businesses models, specifically from Mondragón, Spain That Italian and Basque cooperatives have grown so large is somewhat a mystery since, unlike capitalist enterprises, cooperatives are not expansionist by nature… Capitalist enterprises tend towards growth because increased scale generally leads to … Continued

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A Sustainable Development Effort One Hundred Years in the Making

SLDI co-founder Terry Mock was invited recently by the Rotary International’s Port Orford, Oregon chapter to give a presentation on the SLDI pioneering sustainable land development model project Ocean Mountain Ranch located just outside the Port Orford city limits. Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation missions offer excellent complements to the holistic SLDI Code™ sustainable development … Continued

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Can Innovation Lead Us to Growth (and Happiness) With Less Consumption?

I recently came across an article called, “How Can Innovation Decouple Growth and Consumption” I was intrigued by this as I’ve been wondering for some time if such a decoupling is possible. The piece describes a number of ways “to constrain consumption that do not continue to stress, deplete, degrade or waste our natural resource … Continued

Organic Poultry Contains Dramatically Fewer Drug Resistant Bacteria

Results of a new study shows that poultry raised on farms that have moved from conventional to organic practices and have stopped using antibiotics have significantly lower levels of antibiotic- and multi-drug resistant enterococci bacteria.

A Soup Company and a Sporting Goods Manufacturer Walk into a Bar…

What does a Massachusetts-based soup company have in common with a global sporting goods manufacturer?  Industrial facilities – spaces where they both need to understand energy consumption and improve energy efficiency to operate optimally. 

Is GE Food Necessary on a Warming Planet?

So the question that must be asked of these bio-engineered foods, is the same question that must be asked of any proposed solution, be it in the food sector, or the energy sector or any other sector that has a broad impact on both our society and the natural environment that supports us. Does it stand up to the long view? Will our grandchildren and their children be glad that we did this? Will it pass the test of seven generations that the Native Americans used?

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The Surprising Economic Value of Food Stamps

While the fight in Washington over the debt ceiling seems to be over, it is not clear yet what cuts will be made in the food stamps program. Although food stamps would be exempt from the automatic cuts, they still might be subject to cuts coming from the special bipartisan committee that would be established … Continued

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Solar Power Solutions for Rural Africa

Rural electrification is a serious challenge all over the world. In Tanzania, 75% of the population lives in rural areas with an electrification rate so low, it’s barely worth mentioning. The Lighting Africa Project estimates it to be around 2%.