Change is always slow and is always resisted. It comes in bursts and then recedes. Eventually it reaches a tipping point after which no one can remember or work out why we ever thought differently. Those bursts are often led by passionate individuals who are willing to go against the grain and green business is no different. Through our blog, directory and social media we constantly meet people who are showing that business can be environmentally conscious and make economic sense. At the start of 2013 we thought we would remind you of some of those we spoke to, wrote about and were pleased to help promote in 2012:
Barry Adler and RainFresh Harvests in Plain City, Ohio, supplies local restaurants and shops with a range of vegetables herbs and berries throughout the year, powered, off-grid, by their own wind and solar generated electricity.
At the age of 14, Ava Anderson began to be interested in cosmetics. When thinking about the products available, she wanted to know what was in them. What made them work? Was there a danger they could harm her? What she found disturbed her and led to the formation of Ava Anderson Non Toxic. Now a very successful business, Ava Anderson Non Toxic offers real alternatives to families who want to avoid the risk of toxic chemicals.
Amafruits brings Açai, Acerola, Cupuaçu and Guaraná from the Amazon to your kitchen. With them comes exotic flavor, nutrition and health-giving properties. A husband and wife team have turned their love of Brazilian super-fruits into a thriving import business. Nutrition, sustainability and taste combine.
In a small area of Mexico local people are getting used to the idea of their tortillas being cooked by solar power. Gregor Shäppers has been developed a solar oven which is now fuelling many commercial bakeries.
We spoke to Della Simpson whose company, Relan, is on a mission to repurpose the 600,000 tons of vinyl billboard and banner material produced every year. The company provides organizations with the opportunity to turn their unwanted vinyl into unique, branded products which can be used for promotion.