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Costco and Unsustainable Fish

I love Costco.  I get my eye exams there, I love their Kirkland organic peanut-butter, I greedily accept all of their free samples, and I even own lots of clothes from there.  They also are known to treat their employees well and they also tend to donate money to Democratic candidates. That's why I was so disappointed to hear about all of the unsustainable fish they sell.  Unsustainable fish includes Chilean sea bass, orange roughy, grouper, and more.  AND, AND, AND...they tell their shareholders that they support sustainable seafood!  Bad Costco!

Greenpeace has launched a website and campaign to urge Costco to stop selling those types of unsustainable seafood.  With the amount of food that Costco sells coupled with the number of locations they have, if they stop selling those varieties of fish it will really make a big difference with the over-fishing problems.... read more

Interview with Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, Author of AB 1998 - Ban the Bag

I have had the wonderful opportunity to connect with Assemblywoman Julia Brownley regarding the pending legislation bill that if passed, would BAN THE BAG!! This issue hits very close to home for me because UCSB friends and I have spent a lot of time and effort raising awareness of the detrimental effects single-use bags have on our local environment while also promoting reusable bags. Assemblywoman Brownley is taking initiative in addressing this issue through AB 1998. If passed, the bill will be a milestone California can be proud of in terms of environmental protection in the form of prevention instead of mitigation... This interview is a great follow-up to a recent post I made about AB 1998. (Keep your eyes open for an upcoming Company profile with ChicoBag!)... read more

Green Company Profile: Zaum

Why they're Keen: 

Zaum was founded in 2003. Aside from offering interactive and graphic design services, they also sell handmade purses, wallets, laptop bags, and more.

They launched their eco line 3 years ago.  The founders of Zaum began to be more “green” in their daily lives, so it made perfect sense to incorporate it into their work.  They wanted to bring unique, fun, and vibrant products into the green fashion community. 

Zaum Purse 

Why they're Green: 

Their eco-friendly products use three different types of materials: printed organic cotton, solid colored organic cotton, and heavy wool felt. Both kinds of cotton are 100% organic and the printed cotton uses non-toxic pigments. ... read more

Ban the Bag! California's effort to ban the use of single-use plastic bags

Over 19 billion plastic bags are used annually in California, and constitute one of the largest forms of urban litter pollution. Urban litter pollution is the primary component of marine litter, which feeds into the North Pacific Gyre - also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.... read more

Green Company Profile: Crunchy Granola Baby

Why it's Keen:

Crunchy Granola Baby, in Salem, Massachusetts, sells organic and natural items for babies and kids. From cloth diapers to skin care to room décor, Crunchy Granola Baby offers an alternative to the Babies R Us-type stores of the world.  They even have a baby registry.  You can shop at their online store or you can visit their location in Salem

Jennie Cudmore, owner, opened Crunchy Granola Baby in 2006. Not only is Crunchy Granola Baby a great store, it is also a community center of sorts for like-minded individuals. She says, “I realized how great it would be to create a place where families could meet other families and feel comfortable just hanging out and, of course, spreading the 'green' word.” Their store hosts a variety of events.

Why it's Green:

Crunchy Granola Baby offers green products for the eco-minded parent. There are plenty of cloth diapers, organic babywearing equipment, linens, eco-friendly toys (which are a must for a teething baby who puts everything in his or her mouth!) and so much more. It can be hard to find a place with a good selection of organic and natural baby products, but Crunchy Granola Baby has them!  ... read more

Green Company Profile: Irving House in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Irving House is a green guesthouse in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Rachael Solem, Owner and General Manager, says that they have been environmentally friendly since opening 20 years ago, but in recent years they've become even more green. From solar panels to breakfasts featuring locally made food, Irving House is not only an inspiration, but a great place to stay if you're visiting Greater Boston!

Green lodging in Cambridge MA - Irving House

Why it's Keen: 

Eco-friendly travel options are very important. Hotels can sometimes be very wasteful, from those itty bitty shampoo bottles (and who knows if they are actually recycled!) to the food that they serve. It's refreshing to find green accommodations, especially in a popular travel destination such as Harvard Square. Just steps away from the Harvard campus, shopping, and delicious eateries, you can visit one of the coolest neighborhoods in the country while staying in accommodations that are kind to the Earth. 

Harding House also has extremely good reviews across the Internet. It has 4 stars on Trip Advisor with plenty of comments from extremely happy people who have stayed there!

Why it's Green: 

Irving House buys locally made breakfast and snack items, and some items are also fair trade and organic, such as their coffee.

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Sustainable Brands Conference 2010 - June 7-10

For anyone who is interested in 'green' marketing, branding, strategy, sustainable business, and overall business leadership and trends, check out this conference. Sustainable Brands Conference 2010Sustainable Brands Conference 2010

The Sustainable Brands Conference 2010 in Monterey, California, is geared for marketing professionals and executives who are looking to understand the unfolding market drivers and leading-edge strategies for building business and brand value by innovating for sustainability.... read more

June 2010 - Business Awards event

Acterra’s 2010 Business Environmental Award reception will be held in Palo Alto, California on June 3.

Acterra is an environmental non-profit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, which brings people and businesses together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. See more information about Acterra's programs below. Image from flickr.comImage from read more

Using social networking to find a green job

Finding a job in any field can be very challenging these days - the old saying "it's who you know" applies more than ever before. Luckily for you, finding who you know is so much easier than ever before. Enter social networking! Facebook allows you to find every friend, friend of a friend, or friend of a friend's friend - surely, one of those friend's friends knows somebody who's worked in a company that you've always wanted to work for, or who is involved in a start up that you may want to work for (but don't know yet). And you don't have to stop there.... read more

Sustainability frameworks, protocols and guidelines

There are many frameworks and resources to help businesses to design and implement effective sustainability initiatives and to obtain measurable and meaningful results. In fact, there are too many choices. ... read more

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