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Why the World Needs Social Entrepreneurs

Why the World Needs Social Entrepreneurs

A goal and a desire to change the world: this is what all social entrepreneurs have in common. A drive to make ideas a reality and a hunger for social change. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of a social entrepreneur is “a person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems...

Sustainable Farming: How to Make Agriculture a Little Less Plastic

Sustainable Farming: How to Make Agriculture a Little Less Plastic

It may seem counterintuitive, but agriculture in the United States has a big carbon footprint. In fact, a great deal of Earth’s plastic garbage comes from agricultural products. The U.S. agricultural industry alone uses an estimated one billion pounds of plastic every year. Some of these products include: films for covering soil and wrapping products...

The Lay Person’s Guide to the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Lay Person’s Guide to the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development or more commonly referred to as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are two of the world’s most important multilateral agreements in recent times. What is the Paris Agreement?  The Paris Agreement, hailed as “historic, durable and ambitious,”1 is an affirmative global action...

The Causes of World Poverty and Why It Persists

The Causes of World Poverty and Why It Persists

Billions, even trillions of dollars have been spent to combat poverty the world over. We have different multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the United Nations etc.; government and non-government organizations; private businesses and philanthrophies which  have made it their mission to fight poverty and bring about development. Unfortunately, while there...

Brexit: The Global Rise of “New” Politics?

Brexit: The Global Rise of “New” Politics?

Political upheavals in different parts of the world seem to be the norm this year. Is this the start of an era for  “new” politics? Trump is trumping. In the United States, the meteoric rise of Donald Trump is causing shockwaves in the political landscape. Bold and brash, his plan to run for the US...

5 Outstanding Examples of Sustainable Design Around the World

5 Outstanding Examples of Sustainable Design Around the World

According to statistics from the Department of Environment, Australians spend an average of 90 percent of their lives indoors, and six percent of their lives inside vehicles, in transit. This means you spend only around three percent of your life outside, which then leads us to the topic of air quality. Why? Well, unless you...

Cement Your Reputation With a GoodWell Ethical Certification

Cement Your Reputation With a GoodWell Ethical Certification

There are no universal set of ethical principles that exist. You only need to see the range of definitions for ethical fashion to realise that ethics is indeed a highly sensitive matter usually tied in with individual morality and personal virtues. However when it comes to ethical business, a standardised certification helps to separate the businesses that say they are...

5 Apps and Online Tools for Conscious Shopping

5 Apps and Online Tools for Conscious Shopping

*** Last updated With all of the frightening information about the fashion industry these days, many shoppers are looking for alternatives to fast fashion. We know that fast fashion is harmful to our planet as well as the people who make our clothing, but we don’t always know where to look for better options. Rampant...

Why Gen Z Will Lead the Ethical Fashion Revolution

Why Gen Z Will Lead the Ethical Fashion Revolution

Is there a reason why pushing the ethical fashion agenda has been such an uphill struggle and is there a naturally evolving solution on the horizon? We’re sure you have all heard the huge sweeping generalisations about the behaviours of particular generations. Could it actually be true that the year you were born determines your...

The Problem with Microcredit

The Problem with Microcredit

It can be hard to do good, writes Jennifer a week ago. I must add, it gets harder when the platforms through which well-meaning people try to do good become co-opted by the powerful to protect their own interests. Microcredit is a perfect example. What is microcredit? At its core, microcredit is a mechanism that...

On Giving Money To The Poor

On Giving Money To The Poor

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I vaguely remember seeing a version of this quote two decades ago, printed on a poster that’s attached to the wall of my Grade 2 classroom. Like most children in the...

A Sober Take on Fairtrade: It’s Not A “Be All and End All” Solution To Our Capitalistic Problems

A Sober Take on Fairtrade: It’s Not A “Be All and End All” Solution To Our Capitalistic Problems

Manila, Philippines: I have, on many occasions, entertained the idea of playing host to intelligent beings from elsewhere in the Universe, who came in peace to learn about our planet. I imagine being asked the following questions, and already I am composing answers in my head: What do Earthlings need the most to survive? Food....