Entrepreneur Solves Plastic Pollution Of The Sea

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The more we buy, the more waste we collect. Instead of eating fresh, locally grown produce, we eat convenience food that has extra packaging. The rise in plastic being dumped into the seas has grown to a shocking level, and it is risking the lives of everything living there.

David Katz is a serial, creative entrepreneur who has found the solution to resolve the massive risk to the environment.

I enjoy the beach and find myself most at home there,” he said. “I have been so discouraged, as the more I travel, that it’s been difficult to find places that haven’t been spoiled by people viewing the beach as a dumping ground.

David Katz has set up The Plastic Bank to remove plastic waste from the world’s oceans, while at the same time empowering people living in poverty to raise their standard of living. The Plastic Bank will exchange harvested waste plastic for micro-credit loans and access to 3D print shops, making what was once rubbish into the raw material for products like tools, parts, household items and more, which the organization believes will allow individuals to be self-sustaining.

Katz said the idea is to give the impoverished people a chance to become entrepreneurs of their own.

The more people demand a preference for products made from recycled social plastic, companies will start to meet that demand. The importance of social plastic over other recycled material is that it’s helping the world ascend from poverty. It’s a great business model.

Read more: http://www.plasticstoday.com/blogs/Entrepreneur-looks-to-reduce-both-plastic-waste-and-poverty-08050201301


Green Entrepreneurs Put The Planet Before Profit

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Entrepreneurs who incorporate ways to save or protect the environment find the resulting satisfaction is more important than a race purely for profits.

One example is Spencer Brown, who created Rent-A-Green Box, following the research that over 20% of the population moves every year, and he realized how much waste resulted from packaging materials that were used only once and then thrown away.

Rent-A-Green Box supplies its customers with 20 different environment friendly products acquired through recycling post-consumer trash.

The green sector is perfect for creative entrepreneurs who can develop new ways to improve existing products. They’re mostly cost saving too, making many ways that everyone benefits from caring about the environment.

Read more: http://www.mydigitalfc.com/entrepreneurship/green-entrepreneur-cares-lot-more-about-planet-profit-030


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Whatever country you live in, it’s important to build thanks into your daily habits.

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”
– Estonian Proverb

When you can find small things to be grateful for, you will change your mood and your whole attitude to life. You will become less critical and judgemental, which takes you out of negativity. This means you will find more solutions when you’re in a positive frame of mind.

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.

– Chinese Proverb

We forget how fortunate we are to have an abundance of food, which many would consider a luxury far beyond their means. When we stop taking the basics for granted, and appreciate that we have so much more than most, we begin to care about others in the world.

When you can care about strangers who need your support, then you learn to give unconditionally. This is a healthy way to live. When you don’t keep score, and you share freely, you open yourself to receive in many unexpected ways.

I recommend giving loans through Kiva, who have a network of organizations worldwide who help small entrepreneurs living in poverty. By giving money to buy a cow, or seeds for crops, you not only change that family’s life, you improve their whole community. So many are working hard to pay for their children to be educated, so they can have good jobs without the struggles they endure.

Kiva are giving you $25 free to choose who you want to give a loan to. Please take advantage of this opportunity, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the feeling of helping others and choose to continue to make loans. I give money in my mother’s name, because she was always generous with her time and support for others.

It isn’t the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.

– Eileen Elias Freeman


Icelandic Entrepreneur Has Solution To World’s Water Shortages

Glass Of Water

Aqua Omnis ehf of Reykjavik, Iceland, wants to transport their abundant supplies of high-quality spring water in supertankers to areas of the world that are in desperate need. Managing Director, Thorsteinn Gudnason, said “Iceland has vast amounts of spring water naturally filtered by mountains and lava terrain for hundreds of years that otherwise goes to waste.”

The United Nations say by 2030 almost half the Earth’s population may face water scarcity.

Funding is in place for the company to start operating commercially within 3 years. The water is drinkable without requiring treatment, which reduces a lot of costs.

This is an excellent way to use natural resources to solve one of the major problems in deprived countries, without causing further concerns for the environment. Clean water is essential to good health, so this project is a major breakthrough.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-14/iceland-entrepreneur-has-novel-water-remedy-fill-ships.html


Entrepreneur Provides Resources To Conscious Startups

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Jeffrey Cherry has formed a partnership with the Maryland Center of Entrepreneurship called the Conscious Venture Lab. “This is about building businesses in local communities, we’re trying to find those entrepreneurs that others aren’t looking for.”

Each entrepreneur accepted into the 6 month training program will receive $25,000 to $50,000 in initial funding from the Porter Group, in exchange for a 5 % equity stake in their business. This is a very low release of equity for all the support and mentorship these entrepreneurs will receive.

Jeffrey became interested in conscious entrepreneurs after consulting on a book called “Firms of Endearment” that looked into what made firms like Wegmans, Chipotle and Costco successful. The authors found that these companies offered a positive experience, and brought pride to all stakeholders including customers, employees and the greater community.

“This is a new story about capitalism,” he said. “We find entrepreneurs that want to do something, and bring the community around them to help stay the course.”

This is the online application form, and even if you don’t live in the US, it’s worth entrepreneurs going through all the details to establish a serious, and sustainable plan for your business.

Read more: http://laurel.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/man-behind-conscious-venture-lab-hopes-to-find-budding-businesses-that-benefit-communities-laurel


Entrepreneurial Builder Invents Affordable Houses

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Barry Jackson of Lancashire, England has designed unique and adaptable living modules called HiveHaus. Each one is hexagonal, and created to fit together in many different options. It’s infinitely flexible, and easy to expand as your needs change.

Barry was featured assembling his first example of how the HiveHouse modules fit together on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces TV programme. I love watching how innovative entrepreneurs are in designing small spaces to suit their various needs, and the HiveHaus really caught my attention.

The HiveHaus is economical to run, and can be built for a variety of uses, such as a special place to relax, a place to exercise in peace, a place to work without being disturbed, a place for your hobby without having to tidy everything away afterwards, a place where you can write that book you’ve always said you would, a place where your teenage son’s band can practice without annoying the neighbours. It could also be extra guest accommodation, a student den, a granny annexe, or a holiday let – your imagination is the only limit.

The HiveHause would make a perfect home office, and as an added bonus it can move when you do. Check out their site, and see how you can work with Barry to build something to exactly meet your requirements:



Low Cost Light Bulbs For Poor Countries

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Nokero invented solar powered light bulbs for the poor, particularly those in Africa and India, where they spend as much as 30% of their income on kerosene-based fuels. Kerosene contributes to air pollution, and causes deadly fires.

Solar power lasts longer, costs less money, and doesn’t cause fires. Apart from saving lives, it can also change them – everything from allowing children to study after dark to letting stores stay open longer.

Nokero’s developments are now distributed to over 100 countries.

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/annefield/2013/10/20/a-social-entrepreneurs-inspiration-for-solar-powered-lighting/


Natural & Organic Products Prove Successful For Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurs who care about the environment, and want to produce healthy, organic food, and products for the body and the home without toxic ingredients, are finding their passion is being rewarded.

Consumers are more aware of the dangers of processed food, and how chemicals in products cause allergies, and the large manufacturers are aware of this trend. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, General Mills, Campbell’s Soup and Danone have all begun to acquire natural brands.

The NEXT Accelerator was started by New Hope to provide a subscription-based online resource for start-up natural products companies. They offer a wide range of resources, including videos and articles by experienced entrepreneurs; tutorials, spreadsheets and documents for legal and regulatory needs; and a directory of manufacturers, distributors and other vendors.

Check this site out for support and advice on bringing your product to market.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/2013/10/13/baverman-entrepreneurs-and-startups-natural-products/2947041/


Entrepreneurs Can Create Businesses From Creative Crafts

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You might think crafts are the domain of retired, little old ladies – but you’d be very wrong. Pinterest has grown in popularity largely due to the massive interest in sharing creative crafts. Instead of dismissing them, or assuming they are limited to a very small market – take a look around Pinterest, and you will spark your imagination, and be inspired.

Start with my Pinterest board Recycle & Donate.

One example is this screenshot. You can follow the exact steps to renovate this old filing cabinet from Little House In The Big D.

There are lots of people who believe in recycling old furniture to benefit the environment, but they haven’t got the talent, patience or time. There are also lots of entrepreneurs starting up small businesses from home. You can take advantage of both these aspects by finding old office furniture from a number of sources:

Local websites which advertise free goods, such as Freecycle which has groups in many countries.

Let all your contacts know what you’re looking for, and you could get to hear of a business closing down.

Send for the catalogues of general auctions in your area, and find ones that sell office furniture. You can also check out government auctions.

Search for salvage / reclamation yards and junk shops. When you get to know the owners, you can ask them to phone you when something suitable comes in.

You can then create your own designs, and take photos to use as samples of what you offer. As an idea to make your designs unique, you can provide a bespoke service by covering drawer fronts with the customer’s wallpaper to match their home. The angle you can use as your USP is to supply office furniture that doesn’t look out of place for those who work from home.


Entrepreneur Makes An Opportunity From Food Waste

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Even with the urgent need to recycle waste to protect the environment, due to stricter rules and controls, food-waste composting has not progressed as far as composting of yard, paper and wood waste.

Max Milinkovich founded Full Circle Organics LLC, the first privately owned food-waste composting facility in Minnesota in about 20 years. He chose to structure the company as a cooperative, so that members can share equipment such as screeners and grinders, and share costs.

The food waste comes from institutions and restaurants in the area, and it takes about five to six months to turn food waste into compost. Full Circle generates revenue by selling the compost to gardeners and landscapers, and by charging fees to commercial customers for food-waste pickup.

Read more: http://finance-commerce.com/2013/09/sustainable-entrepreneur-sees-opportunity-in-food-waste/

Search your local area to find and support businesses who help the environment by recycling, and producing organic alternatives to chemicals. If you use organic compost to grow your own food you will enjoy a much healthier diet, and this cycle results in long lasting benefits for everyone.