Archive for sustainability SmartBlogs

If you’re getting ready to clean your kitchen, you’re probably ready to break out the bottle of brightly covered liquid stored in the utility area.

Do you ever wonder exactly what’s in that bottle? If it’s an eco-friendly cleaner, the package, which usually has a bunch of logos on it and friendly looking bunnies and leaves, typically claims: “This cleaner is greener, safer for the environment, or is concentrated to use less packaging.” It’s an example of what is called “environmentally responsible chemistry,” but what does that mean anyway?[…] Continue Reading »

As political pundits hit the airwaves to tout their latest and greatest campaign hits, it’s inevitable that Americans will hear the term “values” bandied about incessantly. Politics aside, however, this v-card is weaving a deeper influence over the way Americans think, feel, and yes, purchase.

Forty-two percent of Americans say they would pay more for products from companies with a solid track record of positive social and environmental impact, a 2014 Nielsen study showed.[…] Continue Reading »

Vegetables continued to take over more menu categories and replace meat at some meals for a growing number of consumers this year, and the trend is predicted to grow even bigger in 2016.

Rising interest in healthy eating, the movement towards local foods and a growing acceptance of meals that don’t center around animal protein are all driving vegetables’ prominence and popularity.[…] Continue Reading »

There is a lot of confusion about seafood, especially around fish labeling fraud, seafood’s environmental impact and whether wild-caught or farmed seafood is more sustainable.

Finding sustainably raised or caught fish in our global seafood marketplace can be complicated, but it is not hard. Taking the time to learn the differences and possible environmental impacts of the fish you are buying, cooking and serving can help ensure you are getting the fish species you paid for, and that the product you bought was raised or caught using the most sustainable practices possible.[…] Continue Reading »

Ten thousand people from 86 countries have gathered for Greenbuild in Washington, D.C., this week where the theme is “monumental green.” And that was certainly hammered home by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and one of the founders of the US Green Building Council during his plenary address.

First: Green, lots and lots of green

Some say LEED, USGBC’s is losing its allure, particularly as alternative rating systems for sustainably designed and built buildings proliferate, including the Living Building Challenge, Green Globes and others.[…] Continue Reading »