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Car Service Giant AAMCO Certifying Green Franchises

Car Service Giant AAMCO Certifying Green Franchises

AAMCO, the multi-state transmission and car care franchise people, have launched a new (and first of kind) program to completely eliminate waste at their auto serving centers. Called Eco-Green Auto Service Certification, the program also works on getting customers’ cars more fuel efficient and promotes alternative fuels that many studies conclude are less polluting.

February 4, 2008

Recycling Cell Phones to Fundraising Charities: How Helpful?

Recycling Cell Phones to Fundraising Charities: How Helpful?

The business of cell phone charity—turning in used cell phones to recycling companies for a per unit price used for fundraising—is coming under scrutiny as the business is booming. Ecophones, based in Dallas, has already helped 20,000 organizations across the country. The recycling companies claim to keep the phones out of landfills—but many resell them to middlemen or export them overseas where their hazardous waste components are dangerous to foreign workers and environments.

February 2, 2008

The Rise of the "Ethical Corporation"

The Rise of the "Ethical Corporation"

When the first rumblings of Corporate Social Responsibility Movement emerged out in the 1970's, legendary economist Milton Friedman wrote that the only "social responsibility of business is to increase its profits.” Free-market fundamentalists have since been about as resistant to the concept of socially conscious capitalism as Friedman, arguing that any money spent in the pursuit of benevolence amounts to nothing short of a theft from shareholders.

February 1, 2008

Apple Unveils Thinnest Laptop, Macbook Air: New Green Features

Apple Unveils Thinnest Laptop, Macbook Air: New Green Features

Steve Jobs, head of Apple, walked on stage at the Macworld Expo with a manila mailing envelope that looked like it had a thin corporate report in it. Opening the envelope Jobs took out the new scintillatingly cool, titaniumed-silver Macbook Air. So thin it fits easily into a mailer, and stuffed with features, the latest invention from Apple wowed the audience and reviewers. And even Greenpeace gave some applause to the Macbook Air, as it marks Apple’s furthest step ever in making its computers green.

January 25, 2008

Maker of Windex, Pledge, Drano Launches "Greenlist" Labeling

Maker of Windex, Pledge, Drano Launches "Greenlist" Labeling

The family-owned company, SC Johnson, is fairly prominent in every household’s cleaning and kitchen cabinets—makers of Windex, Pledge, Drano, Shout, Ziplok and other household products. The company announced a new labeling system called Greenlist for many of its products. The labeling system is based on a company analyzing process (patented) that generates an environmental impact summing for each product and helps them adjust the formula.

January 18, 2008

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