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Rishi Tea’s Long Journey To Fair Trade Sourcing

Rishi Tea, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of the first tea companies to embrace fair trade. Its founder, Joshua Kaiser, figured that…

Borrowing from Facebook: New Directions in Microfinance

By: Brendan Rigby “The microlending movement that was supposed to help lift millions of people in India out of poverty has in recent…
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Redwood Systems: LED Lighting that Talks (Video Interview)

The network of lighting in every room provides an opportunity to create an information rich “smart” building that redefines how we interact with…
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Will Micromidas Have the Golden Touch with Sewage Based Bioplastics?

When you wash your hands, flush the toilet, or do the dishes, the water’s just gone, right? Waste to be processed, end of…
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Microfinance Participants Refuse to Pay Following a Series of Suicides

The biggest hurdle to microfinance sustainability might not be its financial viability, but social acceptance. In reaction to local regulation changes, thousands of…
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Small Businesses Will Help US Keep Pace With Asia’s Clean Tech

In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama predicted: “The nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation…
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Video Interview: Removing Coal Fired Power Plants by Handling Peak Load

Coal fired and natural gas power plants are installed only to sit idle 99% of the time.  In fact, 10% of the power…
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Interview: Zhena Muzkya, Purveyor of Fair Trade Teas

Tea was once the most bland, unappreciated beverage in the USA. But like coffee, tea has made huge progress. A bounty of varieties…

Eco-Friendly Startup Opportunities With Low Capital Requirements

You’ve probably heard that green is gold. While nothing is quite that easy, the business case for green is solid, and its fundamentals…
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VeloVeggies Pedals Fresh Produce to Twin Cities Doorsteps

Add VeloVeggies of Minneapolis, Minnesota to the growing list of innovative bicycle-powered food businesses such as Freewheelin Farm in Santa Cruz, Metro Pedal Power…
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Urban Green: A City Green Thumb’s Best Friend

In recent years, gardening, farmers markets, eating local and organic have become increasingly popular. But, reality collides with ideals when it comes to…
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Paupers to Partners: Co-Creation as New Framework for Base of Pyramid

By C. Sala Hewitt 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the equally venerated and vilified concept of “Base of the Pyramid” first proposed…
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Gaming For Good: Ridekicks

It used to be that gaming was considered a waste of time, the pastime of pasty skinned boys. Something to blame for the lack…
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Angell Chocolate Bars Full of Fair Trade Indulgence

Angell Organic Candy Bars is the brainchild of husband-and-wife founders Christopher and Suzanne Angell. The couple has spent the last few years sorting…
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Got Wind? Not Sure? Wind Products Can Help

Many homeowners around the world are interested in exploring opportunities for small scale wind, but a gap exists between education and action. There…