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31 Sustainable Business Innovations

From Cooperative Banks to Accessible Bamboo Bicycles

— May 21, 2014 — Social Good
These sustainable business innovations consider the imperative question of what it means to have an initiative and consider its long-term implications -- and not just when it comes to profit. In this case, sustainability means something like considering the following questions. What does your organization do to the environment, both today and tomorrow? Will your organization be able to continue without its founder, CEO or co-founder? That is to say, is it beyond the key people? Will your organization create positive social change?

While this may seem like big and impossible questions (and to some extent, they are), these sustainable business innovations show you that no matter what, they're up for the challenge. And sometimes trying is all it really takes.
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Cross-Sector Strategists
Cross-Sector Strategists
The Partnering Initiative Supports Collaboration for Social Change
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Environmental Proofreading
Environmental Proofreading
ab.editing Offers Editorial Services and Specialize in Green Issues
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Beneficial Beverage Companies
Beneficial Beverage Companies
Rebbl is a Social Enterprise Being Launched by Not For Sale
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Mission-Made Communities
Mission-Made Communities
The Social Venture Network Brings People Together in the Name of Good
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Global Goods Tracking Sites
Global Goods Tracking Sites
The iuMAP Project Tracks and Maps Global Social Enterprise
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Regal Anti-Drug Movements
Regal Anti-Drug Movements
Doi Tung Development Project Aims to Eradicate Opium and Trafficking
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For-Profit Venture Accelerators
For-Profit Venture Accelerators
Good Company Incubates Businesses with a Social Mission
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Women-Owned Web Design
Women-Owned Web Design
YIKES, Inc. is a Competitive and Sustainable Business
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Ethical Furniture Retailers
Ethical Furniture Retailers
Chest of Drawers Ltd is Committed to Environmental Principles
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Crafty Artisan-Made Computer Cases
Crafty Artisan-Made Computer Cases
'Intrinsic' Leverages the Creative Skills of Kenyan Workers
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Sustainable Business Education Programs
Sustainable Business Education Programs
Springboard Innovation Is Designing the Future Locally
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Progressive Patterned Accessories
Progressive Patterned Accessories
The Batik Boutique Supports Single Mothers in Southeast Asia
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Cooperative Banks
Cooperative Banks
Rabobank is an Old Institution That Funds Sustainable Business
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Cost-Efficient Solar Kits
Cost-Efficient Solar Kits
Learning Lights Produces Eco-Friendly Power Solutions for Countries
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Magnanimous Mailing Services
Magnanimous Mailing Services
Mumbai's Mirakle Couriers Gives the Disadvantaged Much-Needed Work
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Malawian Cotton Tees
Malawian Cotton Tees
AFRCN APPRL Funds Sustainable Entrepreneurs in Africa
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Social Business Funding Forums
Social Business Funding Forums
Svp Fast Pitch Seattle is an Annual Competition
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Sustainable Business-Creating Scarves
Sustainable Business-Creating Scarves
'fashionABLE' is Committed to Employing Women in Africa
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Vegan Fair Trade Ventures
Vegan Fair Trade Ventures
Autonomie Project is Fashion That Doesn't Hurt the Wallet or the Planet
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Pet-Saving Fashion
Pet-Saving Fashion
ecoCLOSET Provides Designer Clothing While Supporting Animal Rescue Groups
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Corporate Gifting for Good
Corporate Gifting for Good
Handcrafted Gifts from Zoe Alliance Offer Ethical Employment
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Eco-Furniture Social Businesses
Eco-Furniture Social Businesses
'Design by Pana' Offers Upcycled and Handmade Designs in Albania
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Fair Trade Zipper Clutches
Fair Trade Zipper Clutches
This Exotic and Sustainable Purse Supports Guatemalan Women
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Smallholder Coffee Farmers
Smallholder Coffee Farmers
Cafedirect Builds Communities Through Social Business
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Anti-Poverty Jewelry
Anti-Poverty Jewelry
'Me to We Artisans' Empowers Women & Promotes Tribal Style
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Contemporary Recycled Eyewear
Contemporary Recycled Eyewear
Eco Optics Offers Chic Styles That Are Made From Recycled Materials
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Worn Leather Loafers
Worn Leather Loafers
The Oliberte MAGADO and NAVIRO Shoes are Made in Ethiopia
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Accessible Bamboo Bicycles
Accessible Bamboo Bicycles
Zambikes International Creates Jobs and Transportation in Zambia
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Found Material Jewelry
Found Material Jewelry
KORA Designs Worked with Artisans in Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana
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Punchy Coco-Fiber Doormats
Punchy Coco-Fiber Doormats
Sustainable Company Reed Wilson Design Has a Sense of Humor
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Haitian Artist Wearables
Haitian Artist Wearables
Moral Fibers is a Socially Innovative Start-Up Building Human Capital
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