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3 Reasons to Adopt Fair Trade Practices [VIDEO]

Can adopting fair trade practices lead to better business? Paul Rice thinks so. Rice is the founder and CEO of Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit that inspects and monitors products …

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Reach Green Consumers through an Online Marketplace

Gaining traction in a recovering economy presents a challenge for even the greenest of small businesses. Your company may already demonstrate leadership in social and environmental sustainability through responsible operations. …

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4 Benefits of Taking Your Small Business Paperless

Paper memos, old-fashioned faxes, and other types of print correspondence are virtually unnecessary in 2012. In fact, many online services can help you reduce or even eliminate your consumption of …

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Eco-Business Owner Jeremy Litchfield Turns Trash into Treasure

Five years ago, a personal experience inspired Jeremy Litchfield to launch his own line of high-performance athletic gear. The avid runner had worn a new running shirt for the first …

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Going Green: Small Steps Can Lead to Big Changes

“Going green” as a small business can involve projects that require a major capital investment, such as installing solar panels or a new roof. However, although large-scale undertakings will undoubtedly …

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How Annie’s Built Its Brand on Natural Ingredients

When it comes to soups, cereals, and crackers, U.S. consumers may choose among dozens of retail products. Most chain grocers stock big-name brands, such as Kraft, Kellogg’s, and Campbell’s. So, …

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Sustainable Direct Services: Bringing Green Practices to Your Clients

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to run an office or a retail store to benefit from taking a more sustainable approach to your business. Companies that provide services …

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Greening Your Office Printing and Copying

Printing and copying can account for significant amounts of office waste. Reducing your use of paper and ink can help you to lower the overhead costs for your company — …

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Sustainable Practices Earn Dry Cleaner Local Acclaim

The Cleanery is New Mexico’s only Green Business Bureau-certified dry cleaner. Its green practices not only have helped the company to avoid many of the environmental and health concerns associated with …

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5 Ways to Save on Postage

Small business-owners who still rely on snail mail for marketing will feel the pinch once again Jan. 22 when the U.S. Postal Service’s new pricing takes effect. Anticipating the rate …

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Building Green Awareness: Educating Employees about Sustainability

Educating staff members about sustainability can prove to be a challenge for any management or human resources team. Yet employee engagement is a crucial to the success of your company’s …

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Green Building Helps Business Work Toward Carbon Neutrality

The Waterloo Ford-Lincoln auto dealership in Edmonton, Alberta recognizes the challenge of going green for its industry. Owner Sara McNeill explains, “[Being a car dealership] provides an instant hurdle to …

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The High Cost of Printing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Despite the meteoric rise of online solutions to conduct business coupled with the powerful “go green” movement, small businesses still heavily rely on old-fashioned printing for key functions like marketing …

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Greening Your Supply Chain

Much of your business’ environmental footprint may seem beyond your control. Vendors and other partners may use unsustainable materials, packaging, and processing techniques, but their manufacturing decisions still ultimately affect …

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4 Tips for Greening Your Packaging and Shipping Practices

As many small businesses wrap up their busiest weeks of the year for packaging and shipping, now is a perfect time to examine ways to make your operations more efficient …

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