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Kiva Lets You Provide Microloans to Entrepreneurs in the Developing World

Kiva Lets You Provide Microloans to Entrepreneurs in the Developing World

The non-profit organization Kiva allows individuals interested in investing in small businesspeople in the developing world to pick individuals and proposals and help to fund them with loans as small as twenty-five dollars. As the loans get paid back you can either withdraw the money or select a new project for funding.

February 26, 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

Coming Soon: Fairtrade Gold

Coming Soon: Fairtrade Gold

Buoyed by the success of the 2006 film, "Blood Diamond", and a recent increase in awareness concerning the conditions under which most of the world's precious metals and stones are mined, ethical jewelry now makes up about one percent of the market. It's only a start, but with the Association for Responsible Mining and the Fairtrade Foundation working together to establish the first fairtrade certification for fine jewelry, it shouldn't be long before ethical jewelry commands a similar market share to ethical alternatives in other luxury markets.

January 14, 2008

Harry Potter Publisher, Scholastic, Commits to Increased Green Paper

Harry Potter Publisher, Scholastic, Commits to Increased Green Paper

Children and youth genre publisher, Scholastic (bringing us the Harry Potter series), set the bar higher for publishers in announcing its intention to use more managed forest-certified and recycled paper in its books, magazines and fliers. The publishing giant also announced a new website, Scholastic’s Act Green—for educating kids on ecological, environmental and socially responsible issues. In 2007, the company stood out by printing the seventh Harry Potter book on post-consumer waste paper.

January 11, 2008

The Sustainable Bike: Bamboo as the New Metal

The Sustainable Bike: Bamboo as the New Metal

With recreational and commute biking sprinting faster into public popularity, the option of a bamboo bike is future-retro appealing and very eco-friendly. They are available from a number of vendors at conventional prices. The first bamboo bikes were built back in the 1890’s.

December 30, 2007

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