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Green up Your Intuition. ~ Richard Kujawski

Green up Your Intuition. ~ Richard Kujawski | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"In nature, animals use their instincts to survive, care for their young, adapt to circumstances and to continue their species. While humans have the ability to reason, we also have important instincts that have evolved over time. By getting in touch with our true human nature, we can live in a green mental state that fosters growth and sustainability—so that we can thrive, not just survive.

 

There is being physically green, and there is also being psychologically green. Learn the difference."

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The LED Project - Fairtrade Electronic

The LED Project - Fairtrade Electronic | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

Spread the word, get involved:

 

"A lot of « good for the world » projects are using electronic components. Processing components might be bad both for the planet and workers. so, we decided to manufacture fairtrade LED, from mine to processing."

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Camels can pass through a needle’s eye - By Desmond Tutu and Bettina Gronblom - FT.com

Camels can pass through a needle’s eye - By Desmond Tutu and Bettina Gronblom - FT.com | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"For millennia there has been a debate about whether there is a conflict between making a profit and faith. Is it, for instance, moral to charge interest rates or is lending exploitation of the poor?"

 

"At issue is not the rate of interest or the size of the mansion we inhabit. What matters is that we understand how we should behave to one another: namely, following the Golden Rule, that we should treat others as we would have others treat us. So we have to do better at stemming the abuses of capitalism, whether environmental decline from corporate malpractice or the abuse of workers in supply chains for goods that we all love to own. Shareholder responsibility is not only to make profits. How they are made also matters."

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Values-led business | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Values-led business | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

Under the Sustainable Business section of The Guardian there is now a "new hub on values-led business" - worth keeping an eye on, I'm sure.

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What’s in a name – Burma or Myanmar? | Travel Wire Asia

"Mark Farmener, of Burma Campaign UK, says: “Often you can tell where someone’s sympathies lie if they use Burma or Myanmar. Myanmar is a kind of indicator of countries that are soft on the regime."

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Green economy and growth: Fiddling while Rome burns? - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0

A UNU-IAS fellow argues that a truly green economy cannot hinge solely on technology but must be a revolution of democracy and equality.
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Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson, Founders of FEED Projects

Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson, Founders of FEED Projects | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it
The former president's niece embraces social entrepreneurship with a growing line of bags sold online and at Whole Foods.
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TAMMACHAT customers buy books for Lao kids

TAMMACHAT customers buy books for Lao kids | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it
For every textile piece we sell, we donate a brand new book to a child in Laos. But these aren't just any books. They're published by a vibrant and growing book publishing project called Big Brother Mouse, based in Luang Prabang, Laos.
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Help us find the people who are making Britain a better place

Help us find the people who are making Britain a better place | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it
The Observer has teamed up with Nesta to find 50 new radicals who are actively changing Britain's communities for the better.
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THAI to make first commercial biofuel flight - The Nation

"Thai Airways International is set to be the first airline in Asia to undertake a commercial passenger flight using biofuel, on a December 22 flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai."

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A Checklist for Sustainable Packaging | The Living Principles

A Checklist for Sustainable Packaging | The Living Principles | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"The other day I listened to a fantastic webinar on Packaging Sustainability from the 2 DEGREES NETWORK featuring Katherine O’Dea of GREEN BLUE. Among her many statistics, she laid out how different companies in her survey measure sustainable packaging. The list she gave provides a great checklist for other companies attempting to reduce their impact. So here’s her list as well as some suggestions of how to improve those particular metrics."...

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Ban urges private sector to actively fight slavery

"UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged the private sector to play a more active role in combating modern forms of slavery, saying that humanity still lives in a world blighted by serfdom and other practices despite efforts by governments and civil society to end the scourge."

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Ethical fashion: Christmas gifts - The Guardian

Ethical fashion: Christmas gifts - The Guardian | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it
Looking for an affordable and guilt free christmas gift?


Ethical fashion: Christmas gifts


We're getting dangerously close to last-minute shopping territory, a time of year when the high streets are packed. Fancy getting your hands on affordable and guilt-free christmas gifts online instead? From sneakers to socks, earrings to iPhone covers, Lianne Ludlow talks you through some of the best gifts on offer from the ethical fashion website fashion-conscience.com

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Michel Bauwens: The Emerging Fourth Sector « Public Intelligence Blog

Michel Bauwens: The Emerging Fourth Sector « Public Intelligence Blog | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"Non-profit organizations give us ways to celebrate, build and protect the many human values that give rise to healthy, thriving communities. They have worked to ensure that all people have adequate necessities of life, including clean air, water, food and shelter; an equitable share of wealth and resources; and opportunity to develop their full physical, mental and spiritual potential. They create spaces to celebrate the joy of culture and artistic expression, and reveal opportunities for generosity. They have helped protect the environment, working to ensure that human capacities, technologies and organizations sustain and support, not systemically alter, degrade or destroy, the Earth, its diversity of life or the ecological systems that support life. They remind us that many species share this planet and depend on each other, and that humanity must not only care for itself, but must steward an entire world."

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Why Going Green Can Mean Big Money for Fast-Food Chains

Why Going Green Can Mean Big Money for Fast-Food Chains | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it
In Sweden, Max Burgers became the country's most popular -- and profitable -- fast-food chain by embracing sustainable principles.
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The (En)Rich List | The (En)Rich List

The (En)Rich List | The (En)Rich List | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"The (En)Rich List celebrates a wealth of inspirational individuals whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures."

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Greenpeace praises Google, slams Apple in latest green IT ranking

Greenpeace praises Google, slams Apple in latest green IT ranking | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"Google has today taken top spot in Greenpeace's annual Cool IT Leaderboard ranking technology firms' environmental efforts, seizing the crown from networking giant Cisco."

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Shareable: A Path to Thriving: "Possess" Nothing, "Own" Everything

Shareable: A Path to Thriving: "Possess" Nothing, "Own" Everything | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"Maybe “sustainable” has been used so much it’s missing the clearly principled clarity it once had. With all the machinations of the billion dollar public relations campaigns bent on greening corporate images, we can hardly rest on any laurels for having changed the conversation. We realize that we must again distinguish authentic dialogue from the merely commercially opportunistic."

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Fair Trade Connection World Tour

This video is Fair Trade Connection's second with E.M.A. (Equitable Marketing Association). EMA is a large Fair Trade organization ...

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‘Screw Business as usual’: Branson's plan for the planet

‘Screw Business as usual’: Branson's plan for the planet | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"Maverick entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson spells out a fresh new approach to the future in "Screw Business as Usual." Read an excerpt."

 

"Never has there been a more exciting time for all of us to explore this next great frontier where the boundaries between work and higher purpose are merging into one, where doing good really is good for business."

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"Try Arm" Underwear "Fair Trade Fashion"

"Try Arm" Underwear "Fair Trade Fashion" | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"The TRY ARM brand originated in the protest camp occupied by Triumph International Thailand Labor Union workers engaged in a months-long struggle against their unlawful dismissal by their employer. After more than 20 years of laboring under exploitative garment factory conditions while serving as a beacon for social movements throughout Thailand, TITLU workers have responded to their employer’s final act of union busting by applying their longstanding commitment to democracy and economic justice to the production process itself."

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Recycled Market: Introducing Craftworks Cambodia

Recycled Market: Introducing Craftworks Cambodia | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it

"Craftworks Cambodia did not have an option to sell online, so approached Recycled Market to see if we could help expand their online presence. We are delighted to help Sapbay's project, working with producer groups living and working around the capital city of Phnom Pehn, help artisans achieve a better life of dignity, and better education for their children."

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The toy industry must move beyond auditing | Ethical Trading Initiative

The toy industry must move beyond auditing | Ethical Trading Initiative | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it
Last Sunday's Observer shone a spotlight on poor working conditions in Chinese factories making toys for Christmas.
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Revealed: true cost of the Christmas toys we buy from China's factories

Revealed: true cost of the Christmas toys we buy from China's factories | Responsible Trade and Travel | Scoop.it
Undercover investigation alleges hours of overtime, late wages and fines for using the toilet without permission.
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Cambodian garment workers strike at big brand supplier

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) - About 1,000 Cambodian garment workers went on strike on Monday at a factory producing clothing for global brands Gap, J.C. Penny and Old Navy, demanding that the plant reinstates suspended trade union representatives.
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