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Tires Made From Renewable Resources

Tires made from recyclable materials will help alleviate a serious environmental and health risk

Guest post by Trisha Miller –  On average only about 35 percent of used tires are actually recycled. The rest end up in large supply at landfills, burn spots, and water dump areas. One major problem with tire dumpage is the fact that tires do not decay at an organic rate. The average tire will not decay for 60-80 years. In an attempt to solve this problem, people often collect tires and burn them in order to both get rid of the waste and have a very long lasting fire. Although, tires contain quite a lot of materials and chemicals that are hazardous to humans and the environment and undoubtedly should not be inhaled via flame. Lastly, tires that accumulate inside …

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EarthTalk: The Postal Service Reduces Its Carbon Footprint

US Postal Service makes strides in greening its operation and reducing its carbon footprint

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest with the U.S. Postal Service trying to reduce its environmental footprint? Starting delivery of some mail on Sundays doesn’t seem like a step in the right direction.  — Kerry Rawlings, Albany, NY As recent TV ads have been telling us, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has recently started delivering some mail on Sunday in what most chalk up to an effort to stay one step ahead of United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fedex). But while Sunday delivery may be convenient for consumers, environmental leaders worry that adding an extra day causes an unnecessary waste …

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Eco Friendly Companies Enjoy Many Positive Returns

Eco friendly businesses find good returns both economically and environmentally

The primary effect of becoming an eco-friendly business is the obvious one – it helps to sustain our environment, and we’ve only got the one. But researchers are now finding even more positive outcomes for businesses that decide to become green friendly. For example, a 2012 study by professors at the University of California Los Angeles and the University Paris-Dauphine examined employees at more than 5,000 French companies. The study measured employee productivity by taking a company’s revenue minus expenses and then dividing by the number of employees. What they found is that employees at “green companies” – those that follow eco-friendly practices – were on average 16 times more productive than workers in companies with no green initiatives. Why? …

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How to Become a Certified Green Business

Green business certification

Green businesses across all industries are instituting simple changes that make big differences to the environment. Whether by swapping standard light bulbs for fluorescent bulbs, programming thermostats to lower output during off-hours or incentivizing employee carpools, green initiatives are inherently self-perpetuating. They save money while preserving the environment and attracting a quickly growing market for green goods and services. However, as the market for green products flourishes, “greenwashing,” or implied eco-friendliness that collapses upon closer scrutiny, has become prevalent. Truly green businesses are turning to eco-labels and green certifications as the most reliable indicators of environmental stewardship, and discerning consumers have come to expect them. Certification is typically awarded by independent, third-party experts who conduct a thorough review of a …

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5 Business Behaviors the Negatively Impact Our Planet

How business can become more environmentally sustainable

By Donald Parfew Being green has never been so important. With the planet in a state of decline we need to do all we can to help alleviate the problem. It isn’t just individuals needing to subscribe to this mentality either. Businesses need to get on board and contribute by operating in a greener fashion. Only with all of us pulling together will we make a difference. Waste According to DEFRA the average UK commercial and industrial waste total is in decline, which is good news. However, more still needs to be done. Many companies recycle and reuse a lot of what they generate from providing their products or services but it’s the little things that can make the difference. Implementing …

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3 Green Jobs to Watch in 2013

Three green jobs to look for in 2013

While the U.S. economy has been slow to embrace the going green movement, there are pockets of green careers that are blossoming around the country.  Whether from the average consumer looking to do their part in curbing the effects of climate change, or local cities and towns stepping up to the plate – it all means green jobs.  Green jobs are everywhere, in fact they span over 300 sectors and last March, green careers reached an all time high of 3.1 million active jobs. Understanding Green Jobs in America According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), green jobs fall into two categories, they either produce goods or services that focus on positive environmental impacts or they involve making …

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The Sustainable Surfer: Sustainability and the Surf Industry

This infographic comes courtesy of the GreenSurfShop.com   Created by Envirosurfer: Eco-friendly Volcom Clothing & sandals.  

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Reducing Our Eco Footprints – Quick Tips for Business Owners

Eco tips for business owners

Guest post by LED Mavens Businesses of all sizes are facing a new imperative to reduce their eco footprints. On the one hand is a growing market of environmentally conscious consumers. Purchases, which once revolved around simply getting the best product or service for the lowest price, are increasingly being made based on the new calculus of sustainability. Consumers have shown a willingness to spend a little more for products and services that include carbon offsets, organic and chemical-free labeling, and affiliation with trusted alliances like the Fair Trade movement. On the other hand, businesses have their own calculus to consider. Energy prices continue increasing, and the economy has yet to recover anything approximating a steady rate of growth to match …

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EarthTalk: Aging Coal Plants and Mercury Pollution

Reducing mercury emissions from old coal plants

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that only a handful of outdated coal-burning power plants generate a sizable amount of the mercury pollution generated in the United States? If so, is anything being done to clean these sites up or shut them down? – Frank Pearson, Wichita, KS Our nation’s coal-fired power plants are increasingly being retrofitted with technologies to mitigate the output of various forms of pollution. But a number of bad apples do continue to cause more than their fair share of mercury emissions. This past March the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a leading non-profit, released a report showing that the …

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Chevy Volt Available for Rent: Enterprise Rent-A-Car Continues to Lead With Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Chevy Volt avaialable for rent from Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Here at Hippie Magazine, we like to cover cool gadgets designed and built by new, visionary companies steeped in the concept of sustainability and environmental awareness. It’s the way of the future, if we hope for a bright one. But realizing a sustainable future depends just as much, if not more, by old, stodgy big-footed industries like, say, car rental companies. This is all by way of saying that Enterprise Rent-A-Car has recently announced availability of the Chevy Volt EV for rent. People wouldn’t expect a car rental company to be particularly focused on offering alternative-type vehicles. But Enterprise has consistently shown a commitment to sustainability and alternative vehicle market leadership. Not the kind of corporate-speak you’d expect from a …

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