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TriplePundit is a tripod of resources surrounding the Environment, Society and Business. You can't have a successful economy without a healthy environment and a healthy society, and vice versa. That concept is called the triple bottom line, which is where the triple part of the name comes from. It's a new and broader way of looking at business and the world.

The model of the site is to be a digest. Triple Pundit is not offering heaps of editorial commentary, just talking about things they've found valuable and interesting.


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Fuel Cells: Japanese harness the power of hydrogen for electricity and hot water
March 12, 2008 09:41 AM - , Triple Pundit

2200 Japanese home owners draw their power and heat their hot water from hydrogen fuel cells. The technology, which extracts energy from the chemical reaction when hydrogen combines with oxygen to form water, is more commonly found as an application for automobiles rather than homes. Developers claim that fuel cells cause one-third less of the pollution that causes global warming than conventional electricity generation does.

British Retailer Continues Green Plan Despite Hard Times
March 7, 2008 09:30 AM - , Triple Pundit

Let's say you're a progressive company dedicated to sustainability principles. Suddenly, your company hits a rough spot financially. Of course, you feel the pressure to not disappoint shareholders. Conventional wisdom says, "Lean your business by any measure to get profits back up." What do you do? Ditch the green to make more green? Marks & Spencer, a British Retailer of clothes and home furnishings, is facing such a predicament. In this week's HBRGreen, Sir Stuart Rose (CEO of M&S), discusses why they have decided to stay the course in their endeavors to become carbon neutral and send no waste to to landfills by 2012. What are their reasons to doing so?

How to recycle your cell phone, painlessly
March 6, 2008 11:39 PM - , Triple Pundit

Last week I participated in a ritual that's becoming increasingly common these days: replacing a (mostly) functional cell phone. Bluetooth and my beat up phone were not playing nice, and I need to have a headset to filter out noise as I talk to clients, colleagues, and co-conspirators. So now I find myself with a semi recent vintage RAZR huddling in my miscellaneous drawer, gathering dust. Fortunately for it, I happen to be someone who knows a bit about what to do with such a device, as I wrote about here so it will be going off to Second Rotation. Or someone else who cares to pay me a better price for my old gear. Paid? For your old cell phone? Yes.

To All Major Retailers: Start Charging for Plastic Bags, NOW!
March 6, 2008 11:09 PM - , Triple Pundit

Over the past year, many leading companies have taken proactive steps to minimize their use of resources that clutter up our landfill. European retailers IKEA and Marks & Spencer have started charging customers up to 10 cents per plastic bag. Not only are these companies realizing the environmental benefits of charging for plastic bags, but also seeing the financial benefits, along with the positive branding, and philanthropic benefits (Marks & Spencer donates profits to improve parks and play areas across the country) as well.

"Plastic Soup" Debris in Pacific Ocean
March 5, 2008 09:23 AM - , Triple Pundit

Here's another reason for retailers to charge for plastic bags. The swirling debris of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean has now grown to a size that is twice as large as the continental U.S. How do we know this? The Alguita Marine Research team just landed from a month-long tour of the area, known as the North Pacific Gyre. They set out to investigate just how much plastic debris is floating in the ocean, how this plastic affects marine life, and how this might affect humans that eat fish found in the area.

Greenwash, Green Certification and Consumer Responsibility
March 5, 2008 09:19 AM - , Triple Pundit

Commenting on a recent “Countering Greenwash”¯ post, one insightful reader pointed out how ”¯green”¯ product certifications, such as the EPA-backed, Green Electronic Council’s EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) and the United Nations led StEP (Solving the E-Waste Program) - can be an excellent means of getting past the greenwash. I can only agree, depending of course, on the quality of the criteria and the rigor of any green product’s assessment.

Body Heat”¦and Power
March 3, 2008 09:15 AM - , Triple Pundit

Concerns about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions are instilling a new dynamism —and fueling something of a renaissance - in alternative energy research and development. It’s increasingly apparent even to lay observers like myself that there’s potential energy — in widely varying degrees and at widely varying scales — in natural processes all around us.

Richard Branson's new push, biofuels; coconut oil fueled airliner
March 1, 2008 09:18 AM - , Triple Pundit

Richard Branson, the business man that makes headlines seemingly every week. This time, it is for a green cause, he made history by becoming the first commercial airliner owner to fuel a flight with a partial load of biofuels. The debatable point is this, it took the oil of 150,000 coconuts and some babassu palm oil to power only 20% of one of four fat tanks on one of his 747 Virgin Atlantic airliners. The headlined trip launched at Heathrow airport and touched down at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, making the mark on what some would claim could be a revolution in environmentally responsible aviation.

America's Toxic 10 Corporate Polluters - A Story of Contradictions
February 29, 2008 09:11 AM - , Triple Pundit

America's "Toxic 10," a special report put out by Conde Nast portfolio.com, demonstrates that we have entered a new realm of corporate environmental governance. We frequently read headlines that highlight corporate sustainability initiatives, like "Ford's New Green Roof Initiative" or "Boeing's New Fuel-Efficient Airplanes." But the sad reality is that corporate giants, by and large, continue to violate egregious crimes against human health and nature. Almost every company listed in the "Toxic 10" has promoted some form of corporate greening, but this article shows that these may be attempts to legitimate and continue their polluting practices more than anything else.

Fiber Nanogenerators Put the Power in Power Walking
February 25, 2008 09:51 AM - , Triple Pundit

Researchers led by Zhong Lin Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Materials Science and Technology, are developing power fibers that can be used to manufacture shirts and other clothing that can convert energy released during physical motion into electrical energy capable of powering small electronic devices in the field. Applications are widespread and extend beyond soldiers and other military personnel using such power generating clothing to scientists, engineers and other researchers, as well as everyday people eventually wearing them to sustain our ever expanding reliance and fascination with portable electronic devices.

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