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Browsing articles from "August, 2010"

8 Great Sites to Put Reuse to Use

Aug 10, 2010   //   by Colin Manuel   //   The Environment  //  No Comments

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” There’s a reason that ‘Reuse‘ comes before ‘Recycle’. By putting old items to new use, you save energy and resources from being spent on a new item. Oftentimes, you can even make money in the process.

8 Great Sites for Reusing Old Items in New Ways

Here are eight great sites that you can reduce your environmental footprint by increasing your reuse:

  1. RecycleMatch – Buy, sell or recycle used materials
  2. RecycleThis – Discover new ways to use or recycle old items
  3. Habitat ReStores – Remodel your house with reuse
  4. Freecycle – Give and get the gift of reuse
  5. SuperUse – Get inspired by the masters of reuse design
  6. TechTurn – Sell and upgrade your computer systems
  7. iReuseHauling – Clear your “junk” with a clear conscience
  8. EcoSquid – Make money from your old mobile phone.

Some of these sites are in beta form and their services may not be available in your city. However, each one represents a business approach to solving an environmental problem.

The next time you think about throwing something in the trash, stop and think how you could reuse it. What are you doing to get new value from old items?

LOHAS: What It Is and Why It Matters to You

Aug 5, 2010   //   by Melinda Owens   //   Marketing & Communication, Terminology  //  2 Comments

LOHAS - Lifestyles of Health and SustainabilityAre you a LOHAS? You may have heard the term before, but you probably have trouble nailing it down. But if you run a business in the 21st century, you can’t afford to miss this important and growing demographic.

LOHAS, Defined

LOHAS stands for “Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability.” Companies use this label to describe a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice. Widely recognized in North America, Europe, Australia, and South East Asia, the LOHAS market segment consists of six main areas:

  1. Personal and Health
  2. Natural Lifestyles
  3. Green Building
  4. Alternative Transportation
  5. Eco-Tourism
  6. Alternative Energy

How to Think Like a LOHASian

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