Business Solutions to Social and Environmental Problems

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone... or something like that. I'm not a fan of organized religion so of course I've likely bungled the quote, but I think there are a few concepts we can take from it into our daily lives that would make the world a better place. This is one of them. In that spirit, I want to be clear that I acknowledge (and often think about) my own shortcomings in the realm of sustainability. I'm not trying to tell anyone else how to live, just sharing my experience and thoughts:

Like most Americans, I use too much of the world's resources. I do not eat a plant-based diet. I do, however, eat very little red meat. I also drink a lot of coffee, the embodied resources of which are wildly unsustainable; 1,000 drops of water are required to deliver every drop of coffee we drink. Think about that the next time you pour a cup down the sink -- imagine sloshing a full drum of water (55 gallons - actually 62.5) down the drain. I'm a fan of Trader Joe's fair trade organic beans - great value and at least in theory better than conventional beans with more justice through the supply chain.

I also try to offset some of my negative impacts (flying is another environmental vice of mine) with positive contributions to the world. One example I'd encourage you to explore is - a great microfinance site that does not pay me anything to say it. They help me make a better return on my investment than the stock market has and I'm making directed contributions to empower women smallholders - learn more about that in the Drawdown card; microfinance can be a great lever to improve the world!


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deforestation Watch 18 railroad cars full of trees roll over a tranquil river in the pacific northwest. Food for thought.