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Getting into the Business of Sustainability

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Author: the Inkslinger

Product LifecycleIf you own, run, or work for a business (and that’s just about all of us), and you’re even halfway aware (and hopefully that’s at least most of us), you know that sustainability is the game you’ve got to get into.

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FDA Frowns on Mercury Dental Fillings

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Author: the Inkslinger

Teeth X-RayAfter writing a piece on the hazards of mercury-based dental fillings last month, it was most interesting to encounter a rather unexpected update on the subject this week.

After years of denying there was anything even resembling an issue of concern here, the Food and Drug Administration has had an abrupt change of heart as evidenced by a subtle but telling change to key language on its website.

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A Chemical That Keeps On Keepin’ On

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Author: the Inkslinger

Cast Iron Frying PanPerfluorooctanoic acid is back in the news. And you may be thinking, perfluoro-what? PFOA, as it’s more commonly known, is a key component of non-stick cookware coatings, stain resistance treatments, greaseproof food packaging and other products. As we reported a few years ago, scientists discovered that it is bad news where human health and the environment are concerned. So the companies that make it invented a substitute. Which, it turns out, is equally bad for human health and the environment, according to scientists.

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7Gen Goes to Harvard

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Author: Inspired Protagonist

Harvard Business PublishingOne big part of Seventh Generation's mission is to help the wider business community move to a model of deeper business purpose, where bottom-line growth is merged with making a difference in the world.

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Our IT Support Analyst is Off the Grid at his Desk

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Dan O'Shaughnessy Sr., IT Support Analyst at Seventh Generation, is off the Grid at his desk

Here is what he did:
I took an off the shelf RV solar panel (up to 15 watts of solar power) to charge a deep cycle marine battery (12 volts, 125 amp hours) with a 7 map charge controller to keep the panel from over charger when there is a no load situation (everything off).

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Bonnaroo: Last Day

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The sixteen of us from Seventh Generation, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Yestermorrow Design School, and Do Your Part looked a bit weary this morning. Five days of Bonnaroo-ing is documentary in and of itself. We have some interesting stories...

We have signed up 3,000 folks who have pledged to reduce their footprint by 10% by 2009 and who have taken the green footprint plunge...

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Bonnaroo Update: Meetup with Home Grown: a Farm Aid Project

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Home Grown

I metup with Cornelia Hoskin who works with Farm Aid and who is working on a project called Home Grown. Very cool project, and a project that has a huge impact on someone's carbon footprint.

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