Sustainable Business

Why your iThings don’t have to be weCruel

Does Apple really have no choice but to build your iPad and iPhone unsustainably, exploiting workers and resources? Not once you realize how the devices' costs break down.

Ask Umbra: What’s the greenest business card?

A reader wonders how to network sustainably. Umbra consults the cards.

House fit for a green: Sustainable home construction booms

With the value of the residential green building market expected to grow fivefold by 2016, builders say going green is great for their business.

The Facebook of ride-sharing has arrived

Got a road trip coming up? Why not use Ridejoy to save yourself the gas money and maybe make a new friend in the process?

Gearhead’s lament: What’s to be done with last year’s skis?

Each year, skiers and snowboarders chuck mountains of old gear into the trash. One man wants to give our castoffs a second life.

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Walmart's greenwash: Why the retail giant is still unsustainable

Four ways enviros can keep Walmart in the hot seat

The world's biggest retailer has gotten an undeserved free pass from many environmentalists. It's time to take a tougher line and set a higher standard, argues Stacy Mitchell in the conclusion to her series on Walmart's greenwashing.

Why Apple should pour money into clean energy

Google's success at making real money on its green investments suggests to Marc Gunther of Greenbiz that every tech company with gigantic cash holdings -- i.e. Apple and Microsoft -- should be parking at least some of them in targeted …

Renegade apps show how iPhones are awful for people, planet

Here are a bunch of (simulated) apps that, judging by Apple's recent treatment of similarly socially conscious fare, will never, ever make it onto an actual iPhone.

How two guys turned recycled coffee grounds into a gourmet mushroom empire

Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez were recent grads who were supposed to go into investment banking, but they became obsessed with the idea that mushrooms could be grown in old coffee grounds.