Archive | Standards and Labels

Check out Maggie’s Organic for Back-to-School Fashions



Even after you’ve cut your shopping budget to the bone, you may still need to get a few things to cover your kids as they head off to school. If so, take a look at Maggie’s Organics. The company integrates certified organic cotton or wool in all its products and manufactures according to fair trade […]

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Sustainable Seafood is Coming to a Supermarket Near You



  Consumer demand for seafood has been depleting fish and shrimp populations for decades. The Marine Stewardship Council has helped protect marine animal populations by creating standards retailers and consumers can follow to choose wild-caught fish from better-managed fisheries. Wal-Mart and Whole Foods are among the retailers that sell MSC-Certified seafood. "Farming" fish and shrimp […]

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Best Electronics Create Least E-Waste, Climate Change



Greenpeace has just issued its annual electronics guide that focuses specifically on e-waste and climate change. According to the report, consumers can make their money matter by favoring the mobile phone, computer, TV and games console manufacturers that have the best policies and practices on toxic chemicals and equipment take-back. Consumers can also favor electronics […]

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Carrots and Sticks are Greening the Marketplace



Consumers are showing increasing ingenuity in using their money to protect the planet. The original marketplace campaigns revolved around boycotts (think Cesar Chavez, farmworkers, and grapes) — an effective "stick" if there ever was one, considering the whipping grape growers needed to take before they were willing to treat their employees fairly.   Big Green […]

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California Business Women Go Green



As a guest speaker at the annual Conference of the Professional Businesswomen of California, I shared the stage today with Gary Hirschberg. Gary’s the "CE-Yo" of Stoneyfield Farms, the organic yogurt company that revolutionized the making and marketing of organic dairy products. Together, we talked to hundreds of women about becoming "CEOs" – chief environmental […]

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