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Nordstrom's Paperless Receipts

Receipts can be annoying.  You'll often get them for just a tiny cash purchase, and you really don't need to keep track of it.  Some people will throw them out immediately, or if you're like me you'll stick them in your purse but they end up accumulating until you have a dozen or so floating around at the bottom of your bag.   For many purchases, they're just a waste of trees.  

Meanwhile, Nordstrom is transitioning to paperless receipts.  After your purchases are rung up, the cashier will ask for your email address and your receipt will be emailed to you!... read more

Pepsi unveils plant-based bottle

This week, Pepsi revealed a new plastic bottle, made entirely out of plant-based materials.

Says the AP:  "The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Ultimately, Pepsi plans to also use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business."


PepsiCo is going to test the bottle next year starting with a few hundred thousand bottles to make see if they can produce the new bottles on a large scale.  If they can, all PepsiCo bottles will be made from this plant-based plastic.  They have said that these bottles cost as much to produce as a traditional plastic bottle.... read more

Taza Chocolate - Green Company Profile

chocolateWith Valentine's Day coming up, what better time to do a company profile on Taza Chocolate, an organic chocolate company?

Why it's Keen:

One reason:  try their chocolate!!!  Its deliciousness will speak for itself.  It's stone ground organic, Direct Trade, pareve, and gluten/dairy/soy-free.  They not only have chocolate bars, but they also have baking chocolate, chocolate covered nuts, and more!

Why it's Green:

Aside from the fact that it's organic, Taza is truly committed to sustainability.   They work hard to make their factory energy efficient, they're big on recycling, they offer carbon-neutral delivery, and for local customers in Boston and surrounding areas they deliver using MetroPedalPower, which are human-powered "trucks."... read more

Thanks Mama Cloth Diapers - Green Company Profile

Thanks Mama began in 2002, but when the original owner moved out of the country, current owners Helena and Kosta Shumakin bought the company and turned it into one of my favorite cloth diapering and green baby gear stores on the net.    

Everything came together for Helena and Kosta when Helena was pregnant with their daughter.  Helena had been reading about cloth diapering, and Kosta, who was working for an alternative energy company, was looking to make a career change.  When they learned that Thanks Mama was for sale, they decided to buy it.  ... read more

The Triple Bottom Line

Triple Bottom Line

I don't have to tell you the economy is in bad shape. The causes of this Great Recession are complex.  One reason is that the business and economic strategies of the last several decades have proven to be unsustainable.  Corporations have put profits above all else at the cost of the national economy and individual standards of living. This has lead business executives and economics to propose a new strategy for micro- and macroeconomic success: The Triple Bottom Line.... read more

Is KFC Saving the Planet?

KFC came under a lot of fire earlier this spring when they released the Double Down, a nutritional nightmare of bacon and cheese sandwiched between two fried chicken breasts. However little respect KFC is showing for the human body, they are making strides in saving the planet.  

Reuse. Renew. Rejoice.Reuse. Renew. Rejoice.... read more

KFC has introduced plans to package its sides in plastic containers that are both dishwasher and microwave safe. At this moment, company plans state that these containers will be available at stores across the US by late spring of 2011. Businesswire lauds KFC with being the first fast food corporation to provide consumers with reusable packaging, and KFC was granted a 2010 Greener Packaging Award.

Greenwashing and Green Labels

Last week, a report came out by TerraChoice, a North American environmental marketing company, stating that 95% of "green" products claim are misleading buyers.  The report stated that the amount of "green" products on the market today is 73% higher than just one year ago, which is good news, but 95% of them committed the Seven Sins of Greenwashing.  ... read more

Google investing in a "superhighway for clean energy"

Thus continues with Google's plot to take over the world.  (That's what I think, anyway!)    I like to see that they are using their powers for good instead of evil, like many other big companies.  Last year, Keen for Green reported that Google was using goats to mow their lawns at their Mountain View, CA campus.  And now, Google invested in a $5 billion to build an underwater "superhighway for clean energy."  This would funnel power from offshore wind farms to millions of homes from New Jersey to Virgina.

Go Google!  ... read more

Sustainable intelligent solutions at IBM

Smarter Buildings: Courtesy of IBMSmarter Buildings: Courtesy of IBM

Many leaders from various industries and geographies indicate that the emerging sustainable economy will be the biggest economic game changer in the next two decades. At West Coast Green conference in San Francisco last week, IBM Corporation announced new Smart Energy-Management and Sustainability Solutions for the enterprise.

The new technological offerings address energy efficiency and sustainable buildings in commercial settings and are part of IBM’s expanding collection of solutions that are designed for creating smarter urban infrastructures.... read more

One week left of the Seventh Generation Green Baby Giveaway!

Don't forget!  

You have one week left to enter the Seventh Generation Green Baby Giveaway!  Don't miss out on your opportunity to win over $40 of great baby items from diapers to detergent and all sorts of cleaning stuff. ... read more

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