How to Profit from Old Buildings
Created 3/23/2009 8:38:24 AM 
Water towers, TV antennas, parking garages and other structures tend to be ignored within the ubiquitous context of their surroundings and get destroyed when decommissioned. However these often overlooked structures can offer amazing opportunities for renovations. As green buildings have become more popular and important, developers are looking for ways to renovate older buildings and structures into modern, efficient and healthy spaces.
Literally Recycled
Created 1/5/2009 7:48:56 AM 
Every year, affluent Americans buy 22 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. Some people will take adult bikes and frames, refurbish or converting them into wheelchairs for people in developing countries
The Deconstruction Business
Created 12/19/2008 8:22:19 AM 
Vacant, run-down buildings are usually viewed as a community liability, with quick demolition seen as the only solution. A more eco-minded approach, however, is deconstruction, which allows for the salvage of the building's still-usable pieces. This activity is defined as the selective dismantlement of building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management. It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building by the most expedient means.
Recycle your Jeans into Home Insulation
Created 12/8/2008 7:47:43 AM 
This Winter, consider a more eco-friendly form of insulation instead of the hazardous fiberglass standby. The product consists almost entirely of natural denim and cotton fibers that are 100% recyclable, reducing landfill waste. The denim and cotton are also 100% post-industrial. It requires a minimal amount of energy to manufacture aiding the environment with energy conservation and reduction in pollution compared to other types of traditional insulation.
Make Money With Used Children Goods
Created 11/19/2008 8:24:30 AM 
In a continuously precarious economy, more and more parents are turning to second-hand sources for everyday items including children's clothes and other stuff. While thrift stores tend to be hit-or-miss and online offerings are often buried within the likes of Craigslist, a new classifieds site for moms promises to aggregate such listings from across the web, making it quicker and easier for parents to find high-quality and low-cost kids' goods.
Green Weddings as a Business Opportunity
Created 11/12/2008 7:38:38 AM 
Weddings are a big business. So big, in fact, that there are niches within the industry that are booming. Green weddings are one of them. There are a lot of things that can be swapped out for environmentally-friendly alternatives. Gowns can be reused or made of organic materials such as silk. Invitations can be made of earth-friendly crops such as hemp, bamboo, banana stalk, and sugar cane paper. You could forgo physical invites altogether and use an internet service to send virtual ones. Other items such as food, flowers, and alcohol can be purchased from businesses that produce these items locally.
The Ultimate Recycling Challenge
Created 11/7/2008 7:44:36 AM 
Founded in 1993 by partners Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano in New York city, LOT-EK (pronounced low-tech) is noted for its inventive reuse of prefabricated objects and industrial materials. The firm is committed to ecologically responsible methods of construction, and incorporates unexpected elements such as oil tankers and shipping containers in its residential, commercial, and institutional projects.
Easy Money Recycling Cardboard Boxes
Created 10/27/2008 8:35:40 AM 
Every day people purchase new shipping and moving boxes at a significant expense. While it is possible to find low cost, or even free, used boxes, the process is often time consuming, embarrassing, and full of frustration and uncertainty. Anyone who's ever moved has probably experienced either significant expense for new shipping boxes or countless trips to stores on search of usable discards. A new San Francisco startup, however, aims to change all that with an online process that makes it easy for those in need of boxes to find those who have extras to dispose of.
Junky Business
Created 10/20/2008 7:37:38 AM 
Junk hauling may sound like a questionable product to sell: it assumes that people will pay to get rid of ratty sofas and assorted items in professional and socially conscious ways. Almost every house has an excess of junk which often fills the garage, every closet in the house, the attic, storage sheds, basement, and what was supposed to be the guest bedroom.
People spend a lot of money every month renting storage spaces across town to store the junk they do not have room for. If you want to earn big cash, and help rescue others from under the dusty thumb of junk, consider starting a junk hauling business. You can make a lot of money doing this, both upfront money, and money on the back end.
Worn Again: Rubbish Fashion
Created 9/26/2008 7:48:21 AM 
Worn Again is a social business which was set up not only to transform consumption and manufacturing patterns through production of goods made from recycled materials, in an effort to reuse the millions of tons of textiles are thrown away every year around the world. It has been giving a new lease of life to old materials, such as car seat belts, prison blankets, bicycle tires, parachutes, firemenís uniforms, and more.


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