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50 Innovations for the Greater Good

Including Activism, Inventions, Discoveries and Art

— November 28, 2010 — Eco
Activism, invention, discoveries and art have an impact on the way that we understand and relate to the world around us. They can be profound tools for change or for building cultures. Our perceptions and our actions are often informed by activists, scientists, researchers and artists.

This cluster shares bits of wisdom, activism and discovery to help inform your world and to help you make it just a little bit better.

Implications - Businesses that attach their brands to social causes will benefit in tremendous ways. Not only will they portray themselves as a compassionate and genuine organization, they will be attractive in the eyes of social conscious consumers. Such consumers will likely invest in products with the promise of profiting or supporting a social good organization.
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Activity
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Vegetable-Powered Bonding
Vegetable-Powered Bonding
Earth-Friendly Tape Adhesive is Made from Plants
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WIMBY Eco Activism
WIMBY Eco Activism
‘Wind in My Backyard' Supports Wind Power Development in the UK
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46
Green Patent Sharing
Green Patent Sharing
Hewlett Packard Gives Open-Source Eco Innovations to Eco-Patent Commons
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45
Tools for Eco Investors
Tools for Eco Investors
NASDAQ Green Economy Indexes Make it Easer to Track Green Business
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44
Matrimonial Tree Laws
Matrimonial Tree Laws
'Couples Caring for the Environment' Makes Indonesian Newlyweds Plant Trees
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43
Nutty Plastics
Nutty Plastics
NEC Makes Cashew-Based Bioplastics for Use in Electronics
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42
Global Goods Tracking Sites
Global Goods Tracking Sites
The iuMAP Project Tracks and Maps Global Social Enterprise
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41
Sustainable Sewage Plants
Sustainable Sewage Plants
Rocket Engine Wastewater Treatment Could Yield Self-Powered Facilities
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40
Car Bodies as Batteries
Car Bodies as Batteries
British Scientists Prototype Carbon Fiber Supercapacitors
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39
Synthesized Bio-Communication
Synthesized Bio-Communication
Computer Scientists in Madrid Use Bacteria to Solve Problems
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38
Celeb Activist Tweets
Celeb Activist Tweets
Pink Uses Twitter to Support Last Chance for Animals' Cause
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37
Veggie-Based Car Parts
Veggie-Based Car Parts
Ford Uses Soy Oil Foam and Plastics in Auto Construction
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36
Undoing Spinal Injuries
Undoing Spinal Injuries
Paralysis May Be Reversible With PTEN-Deletion Treatment
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35
Power Fluctuation Fixes
Power Fluctuation Fixes
Stimulus-Funded Grid Stabilization Projects to Use Giant Batteries
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34
Linguistic Protests
Linguistic Protests
English Professor Ousted from Starbucks for Refusing to Use the Lingo
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33
Clean Battery Power
Clean Battery Power
Soap and Wax Improve Battery Production Cost and Capacity
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32
Makeshift Wildlife Habitats
Makeshift Wildlife Habitats
Flooding Gulf Area Fields to Provide Relief from Oil-Fouled Habitats
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31
Cost-Saving Trains
Cost-Saving Trains
RailEdge Rail Traffic-Control Software Improves Transportation Efficiency
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30
Dog Breath Eco-Cures
Dog Breath Eco-Cures
Enzyme-Based BioWorld 'The Pet Beverage' Zaps Mutt Mouth and Body Odor
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29
Eco-Friendly Juice Initiatives
Eco-Friendly Juice Initiatives
Tropicana 'Rescue the Rainforest' Project Saves Trees
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28
Lunch Lady Boot Camps
Lunch Lady Boot Camps
Chefs Teach Healthful School Lunch Preparation in Culinary Boot Camp
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27
Electronic Watt Cops
Electronic Watt Cops
Oregon Scientific's Wireless Appliance Manager Reports Real-Time Power Use
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26
Designer Denim Do-Gooders
Designer Denim Do-Gooders
Ralph Lauren Commissions Art Stars to Promote Polo Jeans & Help Kids
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25
Simple Sanitation Systems
Simple Sanitation Systems
Easy Latrine is a 2010 IDEA Awards Best in Show Winner
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24
Water Repellent Sun Cells
Water Repellent Sun Cells
Non-Reflective Solar Panels are Also Self-Cleaning
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23
Polar Bears in Hollywood
Polar Bears in Hollywood
'The Beaufort Diaries' Novel and Animated Short Film
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22
Everlasting Metal Energy
Everlasting Metal Energy
Magnesium Fuel Cells Could Provide World's Power for 3,000 Centuries
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21
Nature Mockumentaries
Nature Mockumentaries
'The Majestic Plastic Bag' Ups Awareness & Support for Plastic Bag Ban Bill
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20
Life-Saving Turbine Colors
Life-Saving Turbine Colors
Purple Wind Turbines are Less Likely to Harm Birds in Flight
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19
Power-Generating Roads
Power-Generating Roads
Solar Roadways Wants Votes in GE's 'Ecomagination Challenge'
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18
Nerd-Driven Promotions
Nerd-Driven Promotions
'Get Your Geek On. Support the Library' Ad Campaign
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17
Tween Eco Activists
Tween Eco Activists
‘Plant for the Planet' Founder Felix Finkbeiner Plants One Million
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16
Teen Eco Activists
Teen Eco Activists
Alec Loorz Leads the Way with 'Kids vs Global Warming'
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15
Textbook Rental Services
Textbook Rental Services
Chegg, the "Netflix of Books," Saves Money and Trees
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14
Hair Care Bots
Hair Care Bots
The Panasonic Hair-Washing Robot Helps Take Care of The Elderly
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13
Color-Coded Heat Loss
Color-Coded Heat Loss
'Zoom Into Your Roof' Infrared Energy Maps Reveal Insulation Inefficiencies
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12
Jocks as Eco Activists
Jocks as Eco Activists
Former NFL Lineman Gets Serious about Green Energy
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11
Bacteria-Driven Pollution Removal
Bacteria-Driven Pollution Removal
Bio-Reaction Industries Cleans the Air with Microbes
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10
Delicious Activist Art
Delicious Activist Art
The Fallen Fruit EATLACMA Project 2010 Has Launched
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9
Biodegradable Plant Containers
Biodegradable Plant Containers
Cowpots are Composted Cow Manure Planting Pots
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8
Farmers as Environmental Activists
Farmers as Environmental Activists
Lynn Henning Wins Anti-Pollution 'Green Nobel' Prize
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7
Eco Activist Art Recreations
Eco Activist Art Recreations
"A Sunday Afternoon" Made of 106,000 Tin cans
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6
Eco Activism in Iran
Eco Activism in Iran
Bloggers Try to Save Wetlands
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5
Activist Ad Rejections
Activist Ad Rejections
NBC Refuses to Air PETA Thanksgiving Ad
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4
Depressed Tree Art
Depressed Tree Art
Steven Burke Paints a Sad Face on the Forest in 'Poor Little Trees'
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3
Anti-War Clothing Lines
Anti-War Clothing Lines
Carrot Clothing Hip Apparel is Activist Garb for Street Culture
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2
Activist Art Bicycles
Activist Art Bicycles
Be Cycle & Fashion's Designer Bikes Support Social Causes
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1
Artful Transmission Towers
Artful Transmission Towers
The 'Land of Giants' Transform Electricity Pylons into Human Sculptures
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