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October 2009 - [Sustainable Concepts] Green Investing and Waste Less Living
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Design Forward Newsletter October 2009, vol. 79
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  • Green Investing
  • Waste Less Living
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    Greetings!

    Welcome to the October 2009 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "We never know the worth of water till the well is dry."
    -Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732


    Lisa A. Swan

    Green Investing

    This column by Yahoo's David Jackson, "The Green Investor" is a great place to start looking for a new way to invest your money.

    Investing in green can improve our quality of life and improve the environment, while helping our bottom line. Green investing is becoming more mainstream everyday, and with it brings a host of financial opportunities.

    By investing Green, you can support the companies and the technologies that are helping the environment while (hopefully) increasing your personal wealth. On a wider scale the growing trend of Green Investing can go so far as to influence policy decisions public companies make.

    As with any investing, you can WIN or LOSE so do your research, but whether you are trying to save the world or looking for the next big Growth Industry to ignite your portfolio reading The Green Investor.

    Article greenUPGRADER
    Comment on "Green Investing" on Lisa's Blog

    Waste Less Living

    Waste Less Living is a 'Zero-Waste' service that has an effective system for distributing, collecting, and then composting your waste from your next party or event.

    They take the the waste generated at your party or event and turn it into a compost, instead of sending it to the trash. They help you identify potential sources of trash and recommend viable and economical alternatives to reduce your waste up-front. They then provide and deliver all the necessary tableware to your event site. Once the party is over, they collect all the tableware and food waste and compost it off-site for you.

    So how does it work:
    The kit contains biodegradable and 100% compostable plates, cups, utensils, napkins and trash bags. They deliver the kits, you use them, and they take your waste (tableware and food scraps) away for composting and not landfilling.

    Their products are:

    • Boidegradable and 100% compostable
    • Made from renewable resources (i.e. corn, sugar, potatoes, post-consumer-waste paper, wheat, rice, bamboo)
    • Eco-friendly alterantive to plastic, Styrofoam, and paper disposable tableware
    • Reduce green house gases and other enviormental impacts
    • Affordable
    No more guilt about using disposables because your waste will be used to make more of the stuff. It's the perfect solution that is sustainable!

    Article Lisa A. Swan, Design Forward
    Comment on "Waste Less Living" on Lisa's Blog.

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