How to Green a Burrito or Fresh-Mex Restaurant: Top 10 Sustainable Strategies

Want to green your Fresh-Mex or burrito place?  There are some sustainable strategies unique to both restaurants in general and those which serve cuisine like burritos, tacos, and nachos.  Here are the top 10: Organi-fy your staples. Beans and rice are a staple on most Mexican/Fresh-Mex menus, and represent the grand majority of the calories you’ll be delivering. The great news is that this is an easy thing to get organic without breaking the bank. At our local food co-op,…

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Illegal Logging: A Problem for the Planet

As with any global scale problem, illegal logging is a hard issue to tackle. As with the wider issue of climate change, the everyday person, when discussing illegal logging, may be tempted to throw up their hands and exclaim “what can I do about it?” Businesses and large corporations will confirm that they will adhere to local regulations and local laws but will inevitably be guided by maximizing shareholder return whilst working within operational requirements. These bigger entities will often…

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Greening the Food Supply Chain (Infographic)

To build a more efficient, and more sustainable, future, it’s going to take a big effort across all industries, and while there’s been an emerging renewable energy evolution taking place (especially in solar PV, as the cost of solar continues to drop), and an increasing focus on water conservation and efficiency, there’s another huge area for improvement, and that’s in our food supply chain. The opportunities for greening the food supply chain can come from a variety of tactics, ranging…

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What Is the Cost of Sugar to the Planet?

Sugar seems to be popping up everywhere in packaged foods these days, which is a big health concern for those who consume a lot of it, but even aside from the issue of the health effects of sugar on the body, there’s another part of the story, which is the effect that growing sugar has on our planet, and on those who grow it. The practice of Fair Trade certification for foods such as coffee, chocolate, and bananas, is becoming…

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Sustainability Stories: prAna’s Journey to Fair Trade Certified Apparel

One of the hallmarks of a responsible business is their willingness to go the extra mile to make sure there’s more than a single bottom line. By taking care of the people involved in the supply chain of the business, and contributing to planet-positive solutions in their industry and location, companies can design sustainability into their operations, instead of simply trying to mitigate any negative effects after the fact. For responsible clothing companies, it’s not enough to simply focus on…

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Tesla Motors Diversifying Its Battery Sourcing — Samsung SDI Will Likely Start Providing Batteries As Well As Panasonic

Tesla Motors is now in the process of diversifying its battery sourcing, according to recent reports — rather than sourcing the lithium cells used in the Model S exclusively from Panasonic, as has been the case, the EV manufacturer will soon be receiving batteries from some of Panasonic’s competitors, as well. A source “close to the matter,” cited by The Korea Herald, reports that Samsung SDI will be the first, or among the first, to supply an alternative to the…

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Don’t Buy Fancy Pants – Lease Them!

Everyone loves wearing well-fitting designer jeans, but no enjoys paying designer prices.  A new program in the Netherlands allows consumers to eliminate wasteful spending on clothes.   Instead of owning a pair of jeans for life, fashionistas can now keep them for a year before sending them back to be recycled and receiving something fresh and new in exchange. While most companies typically use a leasing model for durable goods – such as heavy machinery or automobiles – Dutch entrepreneur Bert…

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An Infographic on Green Manufacturing Over Time

As we progress into the next year of 2013 we wonder how many companies will keep up with what consumers want, which are greener and healthier products. The world has become more Eco friendly over the last few years and manufacturers know that in order to please consumers they need to be offering green eco-friendly products that meets their demands, it has become somewhat of a standard practice.

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Staxxon: A Shipping Revolution with A Smaller Footprint

It’s not every day you get excited about something as mundane as shipping containers. When was the last time you were driving next to an 18-wheeler thinking, “That is a sweet shipping container.”? Yeah, I don’t do that either. However, when I first checked out Staxxon, my interest was piqued with their tagline, “revolutionary vertical folding and nesting container technology.”

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