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From DIY Gardening Systems to Conscious Business Services

 - Feb 10, 2013
Sustainable social innovations make the most of the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. From ex-con employment facilitators to conscious business services and ethical beauty supplies, these enterprises mix sustainability -- whether environmental and/or economic -- with putting communities at the forefront of their mission and model.

Increasingly, a social business isn't just a social business anymore but rather, sustainability plays a big role in not only how they do their work but also how they market themselves to the population at large. While the majority of the sustainable social innovations featured here in this top list are based in North America, sustainability practices are more often than not pioneered in rural communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia.