Entrepreneurs and environmentalists alike have been scratching their heads for years, trying to think up ways to help the planet that are economically viable at the same time. The utility bill from a regional electricity provider might be the last place we’d think to look for an answer, but that’s just where you can find a new, effective green trend taking root these days.

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A new generation of eco-friendly applications and Web solutions is arriving on the scene.

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climate change

The 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16, for short) was held recently in Cancun, Mexico.

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The natural products industry, organic food manufacturers and suppliers in particular, should be closely allied to all efforts at creating sustainable supply chains for business.

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been mighty busy lately. WholeFoods reports in this issue about their legal square-offs against companies like POM Wonderful over contentious marketing claims. The agency is also finding time to set its sights on all the “greenwashers” out there in marketing land. “Greenwashing” is a term some use to describe marketing efforts that exploit the eco-friendly trend, even when the product being marketed may not be so eco-friendly.

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green news

A look at EPA's GreenChill program for retailers.

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palm oil

Palm oil production is implicated in widespread and irreversible damage to the environment, particularly in Southeast Asia.

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sustainability

Which is more important: profit or purpose? While many businesses believe they must choose between making money and implementing sustainable initiatives, it is possible to achieve both by maximizing efficiency on all levels of operation.

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technology for retailers

If your cash register is a glorified calculator and your Web site has been stagnant for the past year, you are probably missing out on some important opportunities for reaching customers.

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krill

Whole Foods Market, based here, announced in May that it would halt the sale of krill oil because of sustainability issues. And at the end of May, Aker BioMarine became the first krill fishery to become certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a much sought-after designation that indicates environmental sustainability.

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