Samasource: Fighting Poverty With Microwork

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One of the biggest problems facing the developing world is how to connect educated people with good jobs. In many areas of the world, employment rates have remained stagnant or even decreased while literacy and graduation rates have soared. Over time, this contributes to the cycle of poverty in many developing countries and can lead…


Recycled Designer Handbags for Eco-Fashionistas

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Recycled designer handbags are all the rage in the fashion world right now. Celebrities and fashionistas alike are sporting beautiful handbags made from repurposed materials such as candy wrappers, automobile seatbelts, and even soda pop tops! Why Recycled Fashion? The process of creating recycled fashion is often known as “up-cycling.” Recycling waste products saves natural…


What is a Green Business?

What does it really mean to be a green business? Sure, many businesses are talking the green talk, but are they really walking the green walk? Defining green business” is key to recognizing companies that truly have the environment in mind. Green” is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days to refer to…


How To Start a Green Cleaning Service

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Opening a green cleaning service is a great business opportunity for cleaning professionals who want to make a difference. Green cleaning services are increasingly in demand from private homeowners, eco innkeepers, and other green business owners concerned about the safety and environmental effects of conventional cleaning products. Why Start a Green Cleaning Service? Many conventional…


Top 15 Green Social Networks & Online Communities for Good

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, The green economy is growing, and along with it, green websites and communities are sprouting up all over the webosphere.   Online communities, blogs and social networks aimed at connecting well meaning people with great causes (and each other) have exploded. Nowadays, it only takes an Internet connection to rally around issues like climate…


How To Rebuild Haiti Sustainably – Green Projects You Ought To Support

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On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, devastating the capital city of Port-au-Prince, killing more than 200,000 people, and leaving an estimated 1,000,000 homeless. The catastrophic earthquake is only the latest in a long line of problems that have afflicted the impoverished island nation. In 2008, the island was hit by three…


All Natural Eco-Friendly Designer Handbags

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Eco-friendly designer handbags made from natural fibers are great gifts for environmentally and socially conscious friends, family, and partners. Like recycled designer handbags, they are sustainable, ethically produced, and as stylish and beautiful as they are useful. What are natural handbags made from? Natural handbags are made from a variety of plant materials. The most…


How To Start an Eco-Friendly Hair Salon

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As awareness about the health and environmental benefits of green living rises, a growing number of people are seeking to go green in all aspects of their lives. One trend that has become increasingly popular in recent years is green hair salons. Conventional salons often use harsh chemicals and other treatments that are bad for…


5 Inspiring Green Business Blogs

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As environmental awareness rises around the world, the “green sector”, which includes clean energy, social entrepreneurship, and other sustainable businesses, is expected to see explosive growth. A report by the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas estimated the green sector may add up to 1.3 million new jobs every year by 2030! Established businesses are…


5 Silicon Valley Green Entrepreneurs Who Are Making an Impact

While Silicon Valley remains the birthplace of some of the best tech start-ups, what’s good about the valley (and North California in general) is that has one of the highest levels of eco-consciousness. I’d like to point out 5 such entrepreneurs who’re running successful green tech companies in the valley, and making us all proud….


Guide to Eco Labeling

An eco-label a voluntary certification, usually issued by a third party, that indicates the environmental qualities of a product in some way. Eco-labels are typically awarded by third parties that have established a level of authority to discern if a product meets the set environmental standards. Getting an eco-label is a voluntary decision that many…


10 Green Tech Companies to Keep an Eye On

From Silicon Valley to Frankfurt, Germany, green tech companies are making their mark globally. I wanted to highlight a few of them that really stand out from the rest. Most of these are companies that are providing innovative technologies for harnessing solar energy into the mainstream market. 1. Fuel Tech Despite its emissions, coal is…


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