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Asda puts UK's first supermarket wonky veg box on sale

img src="http://edienet.s3.amazonaws.com/news/images/29731.jpg"/br/ The UK's first supermarket 'wonky vegetable' box went on sale on Friday, …

How to live in luxury and save the planet - CNN Style

Too often "sustainable luxury" smacks of compromise. Parisian luxury design agency <i>1.618</i> has taken this as a challenge.<p>1.618 is an international network of high-end consumers and professionals that share information and ideas about how beauty and sustainability can inform one another. They believe …

Ikea's taxes scrutinised after €1bn underpayment claim

Research accuses Ikea of structuring itself to dodge taxes between 2009 and 2014 by using onshore European tax havens<p>The European commission on Saturday pledged to study a report claiming that Swedish furniture giant Ikea may have underpaid taxes by €1bn between 2009 and 2014 due to aggressive tax …

Social Entrepreneurship Transforming Waste Materials In The Coffee Industry Into High-Demand Apparel And Home Decor Products

<b>Your love of coffee + the world’s great need to alleviate poverty = a transformative business opportunity.</b><p>Coffee has become far more than just the #1 …

The latest innovation in renewable energy is an army of huge, sunken turbines in Scotland’s wild seas

Take a map of Great Britain and draw a line between its extremities. Far to the southwest is Land’s End. In the northeast corner, your pen will fall into the sea at the windswept tip of Scotland, not far from John o’Groats. That’s the future site of the world’s biggest array of tidal …

Hydroelectric Power

Impact investing meets smallholder agriculture

How do investment funds build social and environmental priorities into agricultural financing? Several investment funds showcased their strategies …

Sustainability

Piñatex

Piñatex is an innovative material made of waste pineapple leaf fibres from the pineapple harvesting process. Currently under development at London’s …

Could The Green Answer To Leather Be Pineapple Leaves?

An artist and leather industry veteran has created shoes, bags, and other accessories out of environmentally friendly material.<p>Finding a substitute for leather has long vexed those concerned about the material’s effects on the environment. On the one hand, the process of tanning leather involves …

How One Entrepreneur Turned an Invasive Weed Into a Successful Business

The inspiring story of how one woman built a thriving business using extremely unpromising raw materials.<p>"You really don't need to wait to get started. You don't need to wait until you have all your resources nicely lined up. Just start with whatever you have in front of you, even if it's messy or …

Entrepreneurship

Japanese Robotic Farm's First Harvest Next Year—Half a Million Lettuces a Day in Five Years

In modern times, farming’s gone from humanity’s top job to a sliver of the economy—a trend that continues today as fewer young people choose to farm. …

Farming

Obama $10-Per-Barrel Oil Tax Lands With Thud in Congress

President Barack Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil in his fiscal 2017 budget plan, an idea that received a chilly reception in the …

Morocco Unveils A Massive Solar Power Plant In The Sahara

Morocco has officially turned on a massive solar power plant in the Sahara Desert, kicking off the first phase of a planned project to provide renewable energy to more than a million Moroccans.<p>The Noor I power plant is located near the town of Ouarzazate, on the edge of the Sahara. It's capable of …

Renewable Energy

Greenland ice sheet releasing ‘Mississippi River’ worth of phosphorus

Phosphorus is a key nutrient that could, if it reaches the open ocean, enrich waters of the Arctic Ocean, potentially stimulating growth of the …

Impact investing pioneers release report to measure impact of portfolio

<b>A new impact investing report has been released in an effort to pave the way for family offices and other investors keen to measure the impact of</b> …

Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | SolarAid brings the ultimate storytelling device

<b>How do you convey the impact of your donor’s gift?</b>SolarAid is based in the UK, and they’re a Basics & More alumnus. An international charity …

Tesla’s home battery is finally rolling out. First stop: Australia

According to Nick Pfitzner, the Tesla Powerwall is "a thing of beauty."<p>Pfitzner, who lives in Sydney's Hills District, was one of the first …

4 Technologies That Will Usher In Next Generation Farming

Technology that promises to unleash agricultural productivity is here today. The combination punch of advanced mathematics, automation, advancements in sensor systems and next-generation plant breeding are setting the stage for the next Green Revolution, which is what we need to ensure a …

Farming

World's largest palm oil trader criticised for lack of progress on deforestation

Wilmar claims it has made ‘significant progress’ but campaigners and experts say more is needed to prevent forest clearance or human rights abuses<p>The world’s largest palm oil processor and trader used the Davos gathering of business leaders as an opportunity to talk up progress on its efforts to …

Human Rights

Impact Investing

Remember when the G8 Social Impact Investing Forum seemed like a defining moment for impact investing on the world stage in 2013? Or when Barack …

Fair Trade

Six Ways Impact Investing Is Transforming the Environmental Movement

<i>Mark R. Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature's Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek.</i><p>Impact capital is revolutionizing the nonprofit world--and conservation.<p>Impact investing is a big topic of conversation this week at the World Economic Forum in …

As Oil Crashed, Renewables Attract Record $329 Billion

The slump in oil prices that’s brought upheaval and cost-cutting to the traditional energy industry spared renewables such as solar and wind, which …

Home Again – Acumen: Ideas

“When I was young, my mother always told me ‘You have a duty,’” said Marta Del Rio, Founder and CEO of Acumen investee Wasi Organics. Marta was born …

South America

The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

Today’s mega-cities have a footprint problem. They are developing horizontally, not vertically, with vast areas of low sprawl reaching out for miles from Sao Paolo, Lagos, New Delhi, Guangzhou, Jakarta, and many others. A central question our civilization must address is how we can avoid becoming a …

Investing

‘Airbnb for office spaces’ FlySpaces takes off in Singapore with $500k seed funding

The startup’s investors include Future Now Ventures, COENT Venture Partner, Narra Ventures, and prominent European entrepreneurs Michael Brehm and …

You've never seen anything like this new green energy innovation

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word, "windmill"?<p>Do you think of some Hansel and Gretel-type structure on a farm in the …

Veja sneakers are completely eco-friendly and they actually look stylish

Eco-friendly shoemakers often abandon aesthetics for the sake of materials that are safe for the environment. But in a world where eco-friendly shoes …

North Face creates winter jacket using synthetic spider’s silk

Stay warm in synthetic spider’s silk: North Face creates tough winter jacket using artificial proteins inspired by the creature<p><b>North Face teamed with</b> …

Investors Integrate Sustainability into Financial Decision-Making

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), a sustainability revolution in the global financial industry is …

European Parliament