Green business

What Etsy, Patagonia and Warby Parker have in common

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Etsy, the online bazaar of handcrafted goods, received gobs of attention for its initial public offering last Thursday, in which shares nearly doubled to close at $30. Its big public offering could also help shine a spotlight on something else, though — the certification of “B Corp,” which the company holds.

That third-party badge, which comes from a nonprofit called B Lab, is intended to signal to customers, future employees and investors that a company has a strong commitment to being a good corporate citizen. To earn the certification, companies need to meet certain standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

5 megatrends that will unleash value in the circular economy

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Leading companies such as Veolia, DSM and SAB Miller are beginning to shift from the traditional linear “take, make, dispose” business model to a more regenerative circular economy framework. This transformation employs a systems level approach and intentional strategy to design waste out of the system and to manage materials for longer circulation and greater re-usability as pictured.

The goal is to generate more value and economic opportunity with less material and energy consumption.

How GM gets its employees to row the boat together

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When General Motors executive vice president of global manufacturing Jim DeLuca spoke at the GreenBiz Forum 2015 main stage in Phoenix, he didn’t come to talk about the Volt, Spark, or Bolt. Instead, he came to tell the audience how GM is working on sustainability in its manufacturing operations for all its vehicles.

Talking with GreenBiz’s Joel Makower, DeLuca said that GM’s strategy is top-down, focusing on making sure every worker in the company is engaged.

It’s time to stop managing waste and start preventing it

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Diverting the world’s estimated 12 million tons of daily waste is no easy task. Today’s waste management strategies are often costly, cumbersome and bad for our environment.

In order to really reduce impacts on the environment while increasing profitability, companies need to aggressively shift the focus from waste management to waste prevention.

Reducing use of BPA and BPS Thermal Paper in the Hospitality Sector

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This whitepaper describes how assistance and education to businesses can reduce use of thermal paper receipts and potential exposure to the chemical. It details several steps businesses can take and what reduction they can expect. It also addresses issues such as communicating with employees and customers and the alternative papers available.

NRDC: sustainability saving Chinese textile mills money

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On its fast-track path to global leadership in manufacturing, China had not until recently factored in environmental costs, and Mother Nature finally has come to collect…But a new NRDC report, released today, suggests that there may be a growing business case for China’s textile manufacturers to change course.

Joe Biden, green jobs and 5 paths to a more sustainable economy

GreenBiz’s Mike Hower describes five key takeaways from Joe Biden’s speech BlueGreen Alliance’s Good Jobs Green Jobs conference. He focuses on how we might accelerate deployment of renewable energy, scale up energy efficiency in built environments and upgrade or repair energy distribution systems.