New crowdfunding platform for “green’ projects

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Most people have heard of or even participated in some sort of crowdfunding campaign. Names like Indegogo and Kickstarter seem to be the most familiar platforms for a vast array of funding opportunities.

Now there’s a new star on the horizon, one that’s geared towards green projects. Earthcrowdfunder is the first crowdfunding platform designed specifically for environmental and sustainable projects.

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New technology effective at filtering ocean plastics without harming sea life

Plastic recovered from our ocean's gyres

Plastic recovered from our ocean’s gyres

The plastic pollution in our oceans is a killing our marine life. Sea birds, seals and other marine animals and mammals are turning up dead with lots of plastic in their stomachs that they mistook for food. The problem is that so much of this plastic is small fragments, making it extremely difficult to simply scoop up and recover.

Of the more than 200 billion pounds of plastic the world produces each year, about 10 percent ends up in the ocean Plastic constitutes 90 percent of all trash floating in the world’s oceans, with estimates that every square mile of the ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. In some areas, the amount of plastic outweighs the amount of plankton by a ratio of six to one.

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Plant-based water bottle helps fight deforestation and plastic pollution

Treeson Water Bottle PrototypeThere are a lot of water bottling companies out there, and a lot of so-called “green” water and water bottles. I have to admit I’m a bit skeptical when I hear about yet another one. But I did a bit of checking and there’s one that’s caught my eye and imagination.

There’s a new Kickstarter campaign for Treeson water that’s piqued my interest.

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Student innovator designs easy way to bring fresh food to urbanites

Farmery 1The idea of having farm fresh, healthy food available to inner city urbanites has been growing steadily. Inner-city gardens are springing up in major cities across the U.S., offering fresh produce to people who for so long had no easy access to it. But even this has its problems, including seasonality. Continue reading

A coffee maker that lets you connect with the Fair Trade grower

Coffee roasted

Americans love their coffee. Just look at any metropolitan area and you’ll see java places abounding. But with the high cost of our favorite brew, many of us are turning to ways to make it ourselves.

Those of you who’ve followed my work for a while have seen me feature various new crowdfunding ventures. A new one just launched today on Kickstarter I think could be exceptional if it’s funded.

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Recycled wine corks get new life as stylish footwear

ReCork 2 new shoes

We’re able to recycle more things now than ever before. Entrepreneurs continue to come up with innovative processes that promise to keep expanding the list.

The latest recycling innovation is a new Kickstarter campaign I recently found called “ReCORK: Imagine Carbon Negative Footwear”. ReCORK promises stylish footwear for men and women made from recycled natural wine corks.

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Nicora Johns shoes to bring shoe manufacturing and jobs back to America

Shoemaker/entrepreneur Stephanie Fryslie aims to bring shoe craftsmanship and manufacturing jobs back to America

Shoemaker/entrepreneur Stephanie Fryslie aims to bring shoe craftsmanship and manufacturing jobs back to America

Americans spend around $20 billion each year on footwear. According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, about 99 percent of all footwear sold in the U.S. is imported.

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Wake up and smell the coffee with this portable espresso maker!

Uniterra Nomad 3Espresso lovers know the pangs of missing their favorite hot beverage while they enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking, boating and RVing are rarely convenient to having an espresso machine around.

UniTerra’s Nomad, a portable espresso machine, will change that.

This small, take-anywhere, eco-friendly coffee maker is in its final days of a Kickstarter campaign that ends early this Wednesday. To learn more about it and see how you can get one, go to http://kck.st/XJRjed.

Solar grows up to power elevators and air conditioners

The Mezolift solar elevator

The Mezolift solar elevator

The idea of using solar to power all kinds of devices isn’t a new one. But the opportunity to ride a solar-powered elevator or tie a solar air conditioner to your solar power system is now an exciting reality.

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Crowdfunding: Green Start-Ups Crowdfund Their Way to Success

Urban Air's Kickstarter campaign would transform unsightly Los Angeles billboards into thriving above-ground bamboo gardens. (Photo Courtesy of Stephen Glassman)

Urban Air’s Kickstarter campaign would transform unsightly Los Angeles billboards into thriving above-ground bamboo gardens. (Photo Courtesy of Stephen Glassman)

Companies seeking to expand or launch new projects have a tough time of it, particularly green-based companies. Sierra Club Green Home explores why more green entrepreneurs are turning to crowdfunding as a viable financial option to help them grow.

Crowdfunding is a financial vehicle that helps entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, and even musicians and artists to raise much needed funds by pitching their ideas directly to the general public via the internet and asking for pledges.  It lets them bypass the lengthy, often grueling process of seeking venture capitalists or “angels.”

To learn more about crowdfunding and to view both current and already successful crowdfunding campaigns, see the full article at http://bit.ly/11wNWH8.