sustainable business

Exclusive Interview: Pro Surfer Cyrus Sutton Develops Sunblock Safe for People and the Planet

Exclusive Interview: Pro Surfer Cyrus Sutton Develops Sunblock Safe for People and the Planet

For professional surfer and Emmy-winning filmmaker Cyrus Sutton, creating his own sustainable sunblock not only came from a deep respect for the oceans but also for a reason that really hit close to home. American director and professional surfer Cyrus Sutton. Photo credit: Anna Ehrgott Writing for The Inertia, Sutton explained: I started making my own sunblock after skin […]

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    First-of-it-Kind Supermarket Sells Expired Food, And It’s a Hit

    First-of-it-Kind Supermarket Sells Expired Food, And It’s a Hit

    In an effort to stamp down on food waste, Denmark has opened a supermarket that exclusively sells food that’s usually meant for the dumpster. Denmark's new grocery store #WeFood sells surplus food destined for landfills: https://t.co/2LTQCDBt2A #ZeroWaste pic.twitter.com/H38E8LR2Td — UN Environment Programme (@UNEP) March 1, 2016 WeFood, in Amager, Copenhagen, sells bread, fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, […]

    Bike Washing Machine Gives Whole New Meaning to ‘Spin Cycle’

    Bike Washing Machine Gives Whole New Meaning to ‘Spin Cycle’

    Want to get a good workout and get a mundane chore out of the way—all while not using electricity? Now you can, thanks to the Bike Washing Machine, designed by students at Dalian Nationalities University in China. The Bike Washing Machine allows you to wash your clothes while you work out. Photo credit: Bike Washing Machine Colin […]

    IKEA Plans to Ditch Toxic Polystyrene for Biodegradable Mushroom Packaging

    IKEA Plans to Ditch Toxic Polystyrene for Biodegradable Mushroom Packaging

    IKEA is planning to switch up their packaging in an effort to slash waste and increase recycling. The Swedish furniture giant is in talks to replace its polystyrene packaging with biodegradable fungus, The Telegraph reported. Ecovative’s Mushroom Packaging uses mushroom roots and recycled farm waste to create packaging. Photo credit: Evocative “We are looking for innovative alternatives to materials, […]

    Earth Institute Student Transforms Passion Into Action

    Earth Institute Student Transforms Passion Into Action

    Turning passion for the environment into action that transforms how organizations do business requires skills and training. Columbia University’s graduate program in Sustainability Management prepares students to change organizations in this way, graduating students like James Ossman of Etsy. In this interview, Ossman answers questions about how he integrates sustainability across the firm’s global operations. […]

    Nation’s First Vegan-Certified Farm Is Booming in Philly

    Nation’s First Vegan-Certified Farm Is Booming in Philly

    As new vertical farms continue to open across the nation, a South Philly warehouse is churning out fresh, local produce 365 days a year and cutting the distance food needs to travel to get to local restaurants, grocery stores and plates. Metropolis Farms is not only the first indoor hydroponic vertical farm in Philadelphia, it’s […]

    World’s First and Only Sunglasses Made From 100% Reclaimed Fishing Nets

    World’s First and Only Sunglasses Made From 100% Reclaimed Fishing Nets

    Marine debris, as you might already know, can have a harmful and even deadly impact on aquatic life. But one Los Angeles-based startup, Bureo, is doing its part in fighting ocean pollution by turning trash into something you might actually like. The “Ocean Collection” is the world’s first and only line of sunglasses made of 100 percent recycled […]

    This $16 Water Filter Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

    This $16 Water Filter Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

    By Alex Janin Sixteen dollars. That’s the price of a movie ticket plus tax in Los Angeles—or of a week’s worth of coffee at a trendy java shop. Thanks to an Indian chemist, that amount of cash could also provide clean water for a year to an impoverished family in the developing world. The AMRIT […]

    Ever Wonder What’s Happened to the More Than 570 Million iPhones Sold Since 2007?

    Ever Wonder What’s Happened to the More Than 570 Million iPhones Sold Since 2007?

    What happens when electronics come to the end of their useful life? For the vast majority of these devices, they either collect dust somewhere in our homes or offices or get sent to the landfill. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, only 12.5 percent of electronic waste, or e-waste, is recycled in the U.S. Bloomberg recently dug into Apple‘s e-waste problem—namely […]