April 8, 2011

Become an “eco-preneur” and use eco-friendly business practices

In today’s competitive corporate world, many businesses are looking for new strategies to gain clientele over one another. With the controversial condition of the current global climate, a company that promotes itself as “green” may be what separates them from the competition. A corporation that is socially and environmentally conscious can easily practice sustainable business strategies that will make a difference in the long run. 

One of the most effortless strategies to becoming an eco-friendly “eco- preneur” is becoming completely paperless. Believe it or not, this simple change will not only reduce waste and save a company time and money spent on paper, but will also save energy consumption, transportation costs, and our nation’s forests.

If it is not possible for a business to go completely paperless, waste management efforts can have an extreme impact as well. Reducing, recycling, and reusing are fundamental when it comes to waste management. We hear the “three R’s” all the time, but within a sustainable business practice, many e-mails or online research would not be printed out. Even using a fax machine, correspondences can now be sent and received electronically.

Another energy efficient solution for a business is replacing regular light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs, which are significantly energy-saving and lowering the costs of electricity bills.

With these few simple changes, a business can easily choose to practice sustainable strategies that will be advantageous to not only the environment but the corporation and it’s pocket book.

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Become an "eco-preneur"

April 8, 2011

Sustainable Apparel Coalition – Buying blue jeans will be more green

How sustainable are your clothes? Not a question many would ask when shopping for their new spring break wardrobe this year. However, more and more apparel companies are producing unnecessary harm to the environment with excessive shipping methods, water and energy use, chemical and toxic waste, or all of the above.  Every item of clothing or footwear has a level of sustainability due to these aspects as well as the fabric, dye and packaging materials that are used to manufacture it. To give you a small example, a single pair of jeans can use up to 3,500 liters of water over its lifetime between the production of its material, manufacturing and laundry.

So, how is a consumer supposed to know which green shirt to buy for St. Patty’s Day is the “greenest”? Well, a group of about thirty organizations have joined together to form the Sustainable Apparel Coalition that officially launched this month. The Coalition is made up of big names in the apparel industry such as H&M, Adidas, REI and Patagonia, big department stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Nordstrom, and even the Environmental Protection Agency. Their goal is to eventually mark every garment possible to wear with a calculated number indicating how “green” or sustainable it is.

The plan is to create an “indicator” tool that accesses what the Coalition calls “the Index” which will evaluate the type of material and products used in the process, the facilities where it was manufactured and the environmental practices exercised. The indicator will also span the item’s entire life cycle which include the packaging, transportation method, average use, and where it would end up after being thrown out by the consumer.

Most damage to the environment is unintentional, or at least we hope it is unintentional. Therefore, it is important to inform large manufacturing companies of the environmental harm they may be causing in order to improve their production methods. It is equally significant to inform the consumers that are buying the products. If the public is more knowledgeable of how sustainable a single item of clothing is compared to another that is harmful, we will eventually be able to make a positive impact on our environmental decisions and help our future generations.  

To find out more about the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, check out their website www.apparelcoalition.org

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March 30, 2011

Hello world!

My name Adriana. I am a recent graduate from Arizona State University. I am a dedicated advocate of sustainable living and looking to spread the word about what solutions are available for everyone. I write for the website www.examiner.com as the Scottsdale Sustainable Living Examiner – view my articles here. I also work to help local businesses go paperless and encourage companies to use more ecofriendly business practices. Contact me at paperlessgreen@gmail.com and visit my website at www.paperless-green.com. Thanks for reading!