Weekly Green Business Wrap-Up

toyota.jpgToyota Comes up with a New Way to Green: Plant Based Cars!
Seriously. Now, who doesn’t love Toyota? Here is one more reason. By 2015, Toyota plans to roll out cars in which bioplastic accounts for one-fifth of all plastic components. Let’s hope the parts are not leaky like my green bags (anyone else have that problem?) This bioplastic can compost a little too quickly sometimes if you know what I mean. Haha! Compost humor.
lightbulb.jpg Sustainability Reporting is Back in Business CSR Reporting is the new black. 80% of the world’s 250 biggest conglomerates now do some form of sustainability reporting. It’s all about keeping up with the Joneses. The Sun Microsystem Joneses that is.
united-kingdom.jpgUK Gov’t Announces Zero-Tolerance Approach to Waste In the US we have zero tolerance for… what? Driving on the left? I was going to say drugs, but that seems to have eased off a bit in recent years. I don’t know. The straight talk express? No, some people still seem to like that. Definitely nothing this cool.
Castle%20Geyser_vertical.jpgGovernment Opens 190 Million Acres for Geothermal I know all you people are head over heels for geothermal. I was a bit worried that these were national parks, but it looks like the good ole US government excluded those. This land can apparently produce over 5,000 megawatts of power by 2015 and over 12,000 megawatts by 2025. Hot springs here I come!
food.jpg Hotels Cut Food Waste Using Decomposition Machines
Blogger create strange newfangled names to make composting seem high tech. Don’t get me wrong. I love composting. Hotels are bastions of food waste, and it’s great to know that there are companies working to solve the problem
daimler-chrysler-logo.jpg Chrysler Kills First-Born Hybrids First GM killed the electric car. Apparently this is some sort of sick initiation rite to be a part of the GM family. Or else consumers were just not so thrilled about paying extra for hybrid technology that was geared more toward boosting performance than fuel efficiency.
pillo.jpg Pillow Maker to go Zero-Waste by 2010
The biggest producer of pillows, one out of every 3 in the US, has made a serious push to up their eco cred with this goal. OK, you guys are going to think I’m joking but I’m totally serious. If there is a pillow fight in the factory like in the movies with a lot of feathers flying around, what do they do with all the feathers after they fall to the ground?
laptop.jpg Co-Working: Not Just for People You’re Paid to be Nice to This new alternative to the cube, and lying around in your underwear with the cat on your chest and the laptop on your thighs (just me?), AND those coffee stained couches crowded with jobless hipsters is here! Co-working spaces have hot desks with lights, high speed internet, ergonomic chairs, people to talk to, and the best part? Your boss is still back at the office.
Lastly, we had a big week here at 3P! We the streamed the UPS press conference about the new Hybrid Hydraulic Vehicles and discussed the technology here and here. We had a rousing discussion about the meaning of green, and we found out that the CEO of Pitney Bowes things junk mail is *good* for the environment.
See you next week! Let me know at jen at triplepundit dot com if you have any hot green business tips to share.

Jen Boynton

Jen Boynton is editor in chief of TriplePundit and editorial director at 3BL Media. With over 6 million annual readers, TriplePundit is the leading publication on sustainable business and the Triple Bottom Line. Prior to TriplePundit, Jen received an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. In her work with TriplePundit she's helped clients from SAP to PwC to Fair Trade USA with their sustainability communications messaging. When she's not at work, she volunteers as a CASA -- court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system. She enjoys losing fights with toddlers and eating toast scraps. She lives with her family in sunny San Diego.

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