Four U.S. companies expand commitment to responsible paper by dropping Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification

Photo by Debra Atlas

As consumer demand for green business practices grows, companies continue to seek the best solutions and organizations that will help them meet that demand.

In the business of sustainably sourced wood products, there’s been a steady movement away from one of the more favored providers – Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) that in recent days has become controversial amid numerous allegations of greenwashing nasty business practices.

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Wear It Forward: Eco Clothing Company Weaves Together Awareness and Charity

Mad Leaf Trucker hatsAs consumers embrace greener lifestyles, their demand for eco-friendly products – running the gamut from cars to home decor – is increasing. Retailers are scrambling to find green products that meet their customers needs.

Launched Dallas-based Mad Leaf Clothing has jumped into the fray, with bold, fun, fashionable eco-friendly designs with a unique thread.

To learn more about this eco-friendly, innovative USA based clothing company, click here to see the full story.

A leader in sustainability – Staples recycles 350 million cartridges

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It’s one thing to say you’re at the top of the sustainability chain. Staples Inc. “walks the walk”. The world’s largest office supply company and second largest internet retailer announced yesterday that since 2005 it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges. That’s an average of over 60 million cartridges per year in the past three years.

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More consumers thinking green with their dollars

Green ShoppingContrary to recent surveys saying that green isn’t a big factor to consumer spending, according to  the 2013 Cone Communications Green Gap Trend Tracker, 71 percent of Americans consider the environment when they shop. That figure is up from the 66 percent figure of 2008.

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Eco-innovation on the radio!

On Air logoI recently was interviewed by Diane Brandon, who hosts an online radio show on BlogTalkRadio. Ms. Brnadon asked some great questions, including what is an eco-innovation and what does the term “green” really encompass.

We discussed a wide variety of green products that I’ve tested and written about and the impact they have for consumers. It’s a delightful and informative program that can be really useful to help expand your knowledge about what really is and isn’t green and how to know the difference.

Click here to listen to the entire interview. Due to technical difficulties (telephone-related), after the introduction you’ll want to fast forward to around 5:45 minutes into it. Skype definitely saved the day!

Enjoy and let me hear from you afterwards!

Recycling and Product Responsibility programs reduce landfill waste

This is Part 1 of a 2-segment feature on California-based recycling and Product Stewardship programs. Check out Part 2 for recyclable specifics.

Recycle logoThe growing consumer demand for green products means that responsibly managing not-so-green products is crucial. California, which often leads the way with environmental issues, is working to create green solutions for “stuff” that until recently wasn’t recyclable.

Here’s the growing list of California’s recyclables.

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