Category: Responsible Consumption & Production

How Saving the Environment Can be Profitable

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Consumers want products that have a low impact on the planet. They want to feel like they’re part of the solution. So one of our trade lines is, “Be part of the solution.” If you shop at SPUD, we’re saying you’re being part of a solution […]

Breaking Down Plastics to Create Something New

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “For me today, it’s about continuing to demonstrate to people that you can build a great business that does something good for the world, that can be a catalyst for sustainable impact.” Jodie Morgan is the CEO of GreenMantra, the first company in the world to […]

The Business of Fashion: Stillness Is Your New Advantage

Under siege from the coronavirus, many people have come to understand that they should change their behavior patterns, no longer traveling too much, producing too much, consuming too much, or using up too many resources.  The comfort of working from home, wasting time instead of money, has led people away from their addiction to material […]

Let’s Not Get Back to Normal!

After decades of economic growth, advancement in technologies, unmatched prosperity, playing and praying, and having fun, a whole lot of fun, it seems as if the entire Earth is now standing still. Nothing is what it used to be. And we are caged, scared like animals in captivity.  After so many days of bad news, […]

How Globalization Has Altered Your Relationship With Food

Photographer Gregg Segal approaches his work with the sensibility of a sociologist — using the medium to explore culture — our identity, memory, behavior, roles, beliefs, and values. His latest project examines food and nutrition. In an 8 x 8 aluminum hut on a construction site outside Mumbai, Anchal Sahni sits down to dinner with […]

Gifts That Inspire The Future

Choose a gift that supports the work of a nonprofit or a social enterprise. These gifts may look like many others you’ve seen, but each has a story that is changing lives for the better and taking the environment into consideration. OFFCUT SHOES Turning Negative Space into Positive Energy.In an effort to reduce its ecological imprint, Nike […]

Do You Have a Winning Business Strategy? 5 Questions to Ask

Far too many organizations design their strategy with antiquated approaches designed to make everyone feel good, and then fail to implement anything meaningful. To avoid yet another year of wasted strategic planning, organizations must let go of myths that muddy their ability to develop a winning business strategy.  Too often, business executives pursue strategy “black […]

Lush Cosmetics Investing in Farmers

This cosmetics company has laid some non-carbon footprints worth following.  When you walk into any of the 931 Lush stores spread across 49 countries, you’re immediately tantalized by colors and flavors you can only imagine before you’ve tried them with names like Moroccan Argan, Ugandan Moringa and Indonesian Illipe.  These ingredients are mixed together with […]

The Global Climate Strike Demanding Action

On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. To learn more, sign up to host a strike, or receive updates check out: In the US, youth […]

Indigenous Heroes: Ancient Wisdom From Guardians of The Earth

Every two years, the UN Development Program (UNDP) Equator Initiative awards the prestigious and highly competitive Equator Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding community initiatives from across the planet advancing innovative models for tackling poverty, environment, and climate challenges. Solutions are as diverse as the development challenges they face. What unites them is that each shows […]

Designer Virgil Abloh Teams up With Evian to go Beyond Plastic

Casual couture king Virgil Abloh is joining the Evian empire to make sustainability fashionable — in more ways than one. Known among the fashion community for his avant-garde approach to haute couture, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and DJ, Virgil Abloh, is using his international fame to help another brand on the frontier of sustainable consumer […]

Look Great in Seaweed T-shirts and Plastic Bottle Track Pants

Pangaia is a global collective of people with one mission – to accelerate the world’s transition to responsible production and consumption. The European fashion brand is taking the world by storm – and leaving no trace behind. Every day we borrow resources from the planet. Producing billions of garments and feeding the endless whims of […]

Try Not To Give Anyone a Landfill Gift This Year

Pathological consumption has become so normalized that we scarcely notice it. There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; a silver-plated ice cream tub holder; a “hilarious” inflatable zimmer frame; a confection of plastic and electronics called Terry […]

What CEOs Can Learn from Gillette’s Advert

Gillette’s new advert is the talk of the town. And for many reasons. It speaks to the current trend of the “woke advertising” movement. It comments on many aspects of the growing pains that men go through – and how they have to navigate those waters. At the time of writing, with almost 29 million […]

From Coffee to Funerals, Ethical Firms Boom in The UK

From coffee beans helping poor farmers to affordable funeral services, British businesses that have a social impact have ballooned across a range of sectors, according to the top industry body as it unveiled the winners of its annual awards. The number of social enterprises in Britain has jumped to 100,000 from 70,000 last year, according […]

Timberland’s New Creative Director Underscores Remade, Reduced, Recycled

Timberland, known worldwide for its iconic yellow boot and passion for the outdoors, has announced a partnership with British designer Christopher Raeburn, who will serve as Global Creative Director for the brand. Raeburn owns a label of the same name, which is synonymous with responsible, intelligent fashion design. Raeburn will be a key stakeholder in developing […]

Ending Animal Slaughter One Fashion Bag at a Time

Eco-fashion house Ministry of Tomorrow has announced the launch of its new Vegan Bag collection, with a focus on animal anti-cruelty. Many animals killed for leather experience cruel and gruesome treatment that is typical of factory farming. But, at Los Angeles-based Ministry of Tomorrow no animals are slaughtered in the production of their bags. This […]

How Tea Has Empowered Women Through The Ages

Here’s the story of how tea has played an instrumental role in the lives of women through the ages. It covers the powerhouse activists from the 1700s to the 1900s, who used it to mobilize support for women’s rights around the world; the untold story of women’s influence in tea commerce that shaped the sector […]

5 Amazing Destinations That Are Good For The Planet

Visit these five unique places that have put social impact or the environment at the center of their business. Proof that you can have fun and be socially responsible at the same time. 1. Norway. The Most Fun South of The Arctic Circle. There are more than 6,500 reasons to visit the Vega archipelago in […]

5 Ways Brands Can Fight Fake News

There’s no escaping the ever-growing threat of the “fake news” label – for media, and potentially as a huge PR crisis for communicators. According to Cision’s State of the Media Report, journalists said that regaining trust amidst the rise of misinformation and fake news is one of the greatest challenges facing the media this year. […]

Versace And Furla Join Designer Labels Ditching Fur

Italian fashion house Versace and handbag and accessories maker Furla said they would stop using real fur in their creations, joining a growing list of luxury labels turning their backs on the fur industry. Fashion houses around the world are bowing to pressure and using alternatives to real fur amid pressure from animal rights groups […]

Men Spend More on ‘Green’ Fashion Than Women

In a world motivated by social cred and “likes,” it comes as no surprise that U.S. consumers on average spend roughly $250 a month on clothes, shoes and accessories. But what you might not expect is that men outspend women when it comes to their closet. Men spend an average of $310.50 per month on […]

The Man Ensuring Humanity Doesn’t Drown in its Own Garbage

Ibrahim AlHusseini is not your typical investor. A Palestinian refugee born in Jordan and raised in Saudi Arabia, he attended the University of Washington where his fascination with sustainable economics was born. He started his first company out of his college dorm room, and soon made millions. He could have stopped there, but everything changed […]

Desert Event Discusses Global Abundance and Sustainability

Real Leaders recently attended the annual GreenBiz ’18 event in Phoenix, Arizona – for the group’s yearly temperature-taking of trends, challenges and solutions around sustainable business. It’s been 25 years since the founders of this Oakland, CA-based media group, Joel Makower and Pete May, began feeding us intelligent, focused content on the convergence of business, […]

China’s Control of Cobalt May Leave Tech Investors Feeling Blue

Charles Marlow, the fictitious steamer captain from Joseph Conrad’s late 19th century novella Heart of Darkness was drawn to the vast “blank places” on the map that surrounded the Congo River. Today, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is no longer a blank place on the map, but it’s still a land gripped by instability.  It […]

Dressing Vegan: Birkenstock Voted Most Animal-Friendly Shoe

The PETA USA youth organization has honored Germany’s largest shoe manufacturer for its commitment to producing fashion without animal components. Birkenstock has received the peta2 Libby Award “Most Vegan-Friendly Shoe Company 2017,” an award highly regarded throughout the global vegan community. The youth organization honored Germany’s largest shoe manufacturer for its commitment to producing fashion without animal […]

Dunkin’ Donuts to Eliminate Foam Cups Worldwide

As part of its commitment to serve both people and the planet responsibly, Dunkin’ Donuts, the popular retailer of hot, brewed coffee, has decided to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018, with a targeted completion date of 2020. In U.S. restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will replace the foam […]

Apple, Microsoft and Bank of America Among Greenest Buyers

The number of companies forging ahead with an industry-leading approach to tackling emissions in the supply chain has doubled in a year, according to new research by CDP, the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform, with analysis provided by McKinsey & Company. CDP has awarded 58 companies – out of a total of +3,300 – a […]

This Should Scare You More Than Terrorism: The Opioid Epidemic

Terrorists move over. There’s a far worse terror in town that is indiscriminately targeting kids and adults, killing well over 10 times more Americans a year than all terrorist attacks of the last 16 years combined. That’s correct. While politicians have spent several trillion dollars on foreign wars, they’ve distracted us from the very real […]

Is it Time to Put Meaning Back Into Our Clothes?

When we were young a lot of what our parents did was about avoiding new purchases. Clothes were mended, shoes got repaired, toys were handed down; every item of daily life was used until it became unusable. Today our stuff is disposable or obsolete before we know it: it’s meaningless. When I was growing up […]

This Bike Will Get You to Work For $1

LimeBike, the dockless bike sharing service, has announced it has raised $50 million in Series B funding to speed the rollout of its programs into 30+ cities and campuses across the U.S. by year-end. LimeBike is now the largest dockless bikeshare operator in the U.S., with approximately 10,000 bikes deployed, and available in 20 markets total (twelve […]

‘Radical Greengrocer’ Tops Sustainability List

Volkert Engelsman, founding director of fresh organic importer and distributor Eosta, has been awarded top place in the annual Dutch Sustainability Top-100 list compiled by daily newspaper Trouw. Recognising the Dutch entrepreneur as “a greengrocer with a radical vision,” the jury acknowledged Engelsman’s pioneering leadership in the field of sustainable food and farming, specifically in True Cost Accounting.  […]

Leading Brands Caught in a Deep Division of Values

Amazon, Google and Dove rank high in 2017 national report on brands that demonstrate world value and purpose beyond profit. The 2017 World Value Index report, by mission-driven creative company enso has unveiled people’s perceptions of 150 leading brands and their perceived value to the communities and audiences they serve.  The report’s findings are based on […]

Exaggerated Truth-Telling Is Commonplace, But Not Admirable

In 1919, as the White and Red armies fought a brutal, seesaw war for control of Russia, British War Secretary Winston Churchill prodded his government to commit troops to the fight. The Bolsheviks, he declared, were “swarms of typhus bearing vermin.” They “hop and caper like ferocious baboons amid the ruins of their cities and […]

The Man Who Mapped Dakota’s Pipeline Like a Jigsaw

Nitin Gadia, a young techie from Ames, Iowa, realised that despite the global controversy, nobody had properly mapped the 1,172 mile-long pathway of the Dakota pipeline despite it crossing four American states. So, with the help of colleagues in Kenya and the Phillipines, he decided to create one himself. Now it’s available on mobile.

Meet the Less Famous Donald Trump

While president Donald Trump fights his daily political battles, a Northern Virginia doctor – also named Donald Trump – is focused on clinical trials to fight cancer and doing the best he can to avoid conversations about his name or namesake. The majority of Americans know Donald Trump as the bellicose Republican president and billionaire […]

Sculptor Anthony Gormley Explores our Relationship With Urbanism

British sculptor Antony Gormley puts people’s relationships with urban construction at the forefront of his latest exhibition “Fit”, creating a sort of labyrinth in a London gallery space. “Sleeping Field”, one of the installations at the White Cube Bermondsey gallery, is made up of hundreds of iron sculptures, which at first look like small high-rise […]

Bottletop: A Luxury Purchase That Gives Back

Bottletop has taken an eye for detail, combined it with community craft and projected it into the realm of luxury. Oliver Wayman and Cameron Saul have unearthed skills from different cultures, that use different waste materials and refined them for an audience who wouldn’t normally come across these beautiful pieces.   “We set out to […]

Shaping Humanity Through A Lens

Photographer Jac de Villiers spoke to influential people who have shaped our world view. They shared their message of leadership and humanity. Portraiture is a complex affair, where the photographer shares an intimate but brief relationship with a person, often a stranger. Usually, I have a rough mental image of the result I am looking […]

To Find Your Inner Wisdom, Stop Running

As everybody in Spain races to their chosen getaway to spend a couple weeks fighting with other holiday makers over a table at the best restaurants, best spot to anchor their boat, or nicest hammock on the beach, I seem to be the wise one: Madrid is at its most relaxed and calm in August. It’s […]

Want Your Work to Be More Rewarding? Millennials Have the Answer

I am sick and tired of seeing so many good, hard working people that are sick and tired. In case you haven’t noticed, times have changed. If you work for a large employer the chances are you’re working very, very hard. According to Gallup, American workers, on average, are now logging 47 hours of work […]

Why You Are Blind to Opportunities

I just got a whole lot smarter by understanding more about what makes me dumb. I just got back from a three-hour workshop presented by Mahzarin Banaji, who is an award-winning Harvard professor specializing in how our brain biases secretly control our thinking. Her book is called Blind Spot, Hidden Biases of Good People. We […]

Why Your Loyalty Might Be Killing You

Loyalty is the most overvalued value. The plea for loyalty is almost always invoked when loyalty is not deserved. When people demand your loyalty what they’re usually trying to do is escape accountability. I am not saying loyalty has no value but rather being loyal to people and organizations who do not keep their promises, […]

Rainbows and Failures: Value Your Mistakes

Imagine a world in which failure was not a terrible event. A place in which mistakes were valued, obstacles were short-lived barriers and questions were endless. Perhaps an environment where we had nine lives, like a cat. This place is where we would explore and learn from our experiences. It would be a world in […]

7 Things I Learned in Tibet

Debbie and I just returned from almost 3 weeks in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Yes, we saw Mount Everest (from a small plane… no more mountain climbing for me). But the most enriching part of the trip was spending every day with a guide who happened to be either a devout Buddhist or Hindu. This allowed […]

Florence: The Art of Preservation For Future Generations

Once reserved for powerful merchants, the title ‘patron of the arts’ has been bestowed on ordinary citizens wanting to preserve the world’s most recognizable art and architecture. Nowhere in Italy – perhaps in the entire world – is the act of looking at art more rewarding than in Florence. Nowhere else can one be captivated […]

Branching Out: The World’s Coolest Tree Houses

You’re in a forest. Through the trees up ahead a dim orange glow tells you it’s almost dawn. Except, the sun is rising in the opposite direction. You move closer to have a look. A shiny, metallic flying saucer is wedged between some pines about 20 ft. off the ground. With horror you watch as […]

Tips For Writing About Social Change From An Award-Winning Author

Storytelling can indeed influence social change. And the time is now. Thanks to the social Web, the creative pen comes in many shapes and sizes and we have massive distribution channels right at our fingertips. Today, each of us has the opportunity, and the platform, to not only share our stories but also to play […]

Our 25 Day Italian Experiment On Sustainable Travel

I love Italy! The people, the food (Eat-aly), the wine, the history and the warmth… what’s not to love? Well ok, the overwhelming shiploads and busloads of tourists that sometimes give it that overwhelming “Disneyland” feeling. My PIBAL (Partner in Business and Life) Julie and I recently set out to experience the best of Italy […]