ethically conscious

Small Businesses Must Meet the Needs of Customers Who Make Ethically Conscious Decisions

I stood before the refrigerated case of my locally owned and operated grocery store, staring at the plastic-wrapped meats and poultry. As a vegetarian for most of my life, this is not a place I visit very often. But it was a holiday weekend, and I had offered to prepare a traditional family meal for three generations. A butcher emerged from swinging doors, and I asked if I had overlooked free-range, organic, and possibly vegetarian-fed offerings. He shook his head…

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CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN Updates

Via CleanTechnica: We’ve got several notable updates regarding our first cleantech conference — CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN — to share with you. First of all, we now have: → a Facebook event page (share with friends!) → an event webpage (which we’ll continuously update) → an eventbrite page for registering (again, register, and share with friends!) … and a confirmed location (C13events) in a very energy-efficient building that offers a great venue for everything we plan to do at the “consumer cleantech conference.” We’ve also brought in…

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Suga Yoga Mats are Made from Recycled Wetsuit Materials

As a long-time surfer and yogi, I’ve long known that surfing and yoga have a great synergy: both offer great benefits for the body and mind, and the activities themselves complement each other. Yoga helps balance out the hard work of the muscles, while surfing makes the body stronger and more balanced. And now Suga yoga mats are bringing them together in a new way. An innovative green business, Suga is making yoga mats from recycled wetsuit materials. This unique mat…

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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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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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Each of These Ethical Wedding Rings Gives 2 People Clean Water for Life

Jewelry meant to celebrate one of the most joyous moments in a couple’s life shouldn’t be contributing to global conflicts and environmental destruction, but all too often, wedding rings can have a shady history full of dirty mining practices and blood diamonds. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, as this wedding ring company, which is committed to social change and a high standard of ethics, aims to help those tying the knot to choose an ethical wedding ring…

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