Whole Foods Kitchen Uses its Waste Oil to Generate its Electricity, And Cut Energy Costs

Reporting for Triple Pundit on a story in Sustainable Business, Akhila Vijayaraghavan, reveals how the Company, a “massive proponent of renewable energy” has created a partnership with Lifecycle Renewables, to recycle and refine used waste oil and power the kitchen with LR100, the resultant biodiesel fuel. The initiative is part of Whole Foods’ goal to lower its total energy consumption by 25 percent by 2015. The initiative’s impact could result in “a diversion of 156,000 gallons of waste oil per year”, cutting approximately 20 percent of the Company’s energy and waste disposal costs. In addition refining the waste oil “reduces emissions by about 80 percent when … Continue reading Whole Foods Kitchen Uses its Waste Oil to Generate its Electricity, And Cut Energy Costs

Multi-sector Strategy…for Social Innovation

  In her JustMeans Blog post, Sangeeta Haindl, suggests,  “There is huge support for collaborative, multi-sector processes focused on modest initiatives,” which are aimed at “helping shape the planet’s future.”  While Social Change is hard work, the work of loan individuals does matter- and the mantra ‘individual efforts, can make big changes’ prevails.     If corporate America, and multi-nationals can embrace the ‘small’ over their usual M.O.’s for bigger and bigger profits  and bring their considerable resources to the social change table for ‘good’ – ‘one company’s stewardship efforts, can make big changes in our planet’s sustainable future.’       … Continue reading Multi-sector Strategy…for Social Innovation

Smarter than a Smart Car? How about one that folds up after use? It’s About to go into Production.

As reported by Alex Davies, on Treehugger, the Hiriko, which means ‘Urban” in the Basque region of Spain, is set to go into limited production for a test release of approximately 20 cars next year. The impetus behind the project: if city dwellers won’t give up their non-public transportation devices, they need to be made as “energy and space efficient as possible.” The design, based on the MIT foldable City Car prototype: seats two has a range of more than 60 miles has four-wheel drive contracts to just under 5 feet long via its collapsible wheelbase! In his L.A. Times Wheels Blog, PHIL … Continue reading Smarter than a Smart Car? How about one that folds up after use? It’s About to go into Production.

Social Entrepreneurs in Africa: Let “Trickle Out” Know Where You Are! Directory, Coming Soon….

The Trickle Out Research project is busy compiling a Directory of 19 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, specifically:  Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe The need arises from only a small footprint of Microfinance in the region, and what NextBillion determines as the prime Socent focus in the Global South being trained on India. The purpose: (From the Trickle Out website): The primary objectives of this study are to: (a) identify examples of social and environmental enterprises in the Southern Africa … Continue reading Social Entrepreneurs in Africa: Let “Trickle Out” Know Where You Are! Directory, Coming Soon….

Let There Be Light (For the 3M People in the Philippines Without Electricity)…In a Soda Bottle?

Light…one Litre at a time. Take a used Soda bottle, add Water, Bleach and My Shelter Foundation’s Illac Diaz, and you get 50w of daytime light for 5 years. As reported by Brynn Opsahl, on the Global Envision website- using an MIT student design, Mr. Diaz has brought light to some 300,000 Phillipinos who had no, or illegal and unsafe access to electricity- without using electricity or any other non-sustainable energy The bottle is inserted and secured through a hole in the ceiling, and allows sunlight to refract, bringing 360 degrees of light into the room below. The design/application is: Sustainable Made from Recycled … Continue reading Let There Be Light (For the 3M People in the Philippines Without Electricity)…In a Soda Bottle?

Is the “Micro Consignment Model” The New Micro-Financing Model (that Traditional Investors Have Been Waiting For?)

First there was Micro-Finance, connecting the ‘unbankable’ and traditionally un-collateralized to sources of credit that could be leveraged into their own businesses or micro-enterprises. If, however, some loanees were not able to develop businesses, or scale, or sustain them, they were left with outstanding debts, that when difficult to repay resulted in default.  Not an attractive social entrepreneurial (socent) model for traditional investment. Although an incredible boon to individuals in developing countries, especially to women, and a testament to innovation in the socent and social capital arenas. Enter, Micro-Franchising. It adds an already existent product or service to sell by the “entrepreneur” … Continue reading Is the “Micro Consignment Model” The New Micro-Financing Model (that Traditional Investors Have Been Waiting For?)

Nokia’s Bike Charger – Pedaling into the BoP Market

Social Impact + cost efficiency = a BoP product innovation model While it can be used by anyone anywhere with a bike, Nokia’s ‘Bike Charger’ can certainly be seen as an example of a product created or adapted for the (Bottom of the Pyramid) BoP/developing world market- and it fits right in with the Company’s CSR policy. What is the BoP product innovation model? Bottom of the Pyramid models include established corporations, creating new ‘markets’ of consumers in under developed economies/countries through modifying their current products to be useful/used by the consumers in this new market. These products are ostensibly … Continue reading Nokia’s Bike Charger – Pedaling into the BoP Market