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Three (Awesome) Green Business Innovators

Below are three green businesses/organizations/awareness groups (who are also engrossed in the twitter-sphere) that you should know about. I recommend getting to know each of these and showing some support to businesses in your area that are doing their part to save the planet.

yourenew (@YouRenew)

Have an old stereo sitting in the back of a closet? What about one of those old-school first generation b&w IPods? DVD’s that are sitting on the shelf but you know you’ll never watch them again? Now you can recycle your old electronics and, better yet, get paid to do it! Do a little spring cleaning, downsize those old electronics, do your part to save the planet, and make a little money. What’s not to love? Head over to their website and get started today:


Green Fleet Messengers (@greenfleet)

Green Fleet Messengers is a Nashville based bicycle courier service. The company is taking an ‘old school’ (and environmentally friendly) approach to package delivery – specializing in same day and rush deliveries for legal, medical, and professional clients. Green Fleet offers an affordable and sustainable delivery solution that prevents pollution, promotes alternative transportation, and reduces traffic congestion. Our cities would be much less congested and polluted if there were more ‘Green Fleets’ in the world. Easy + Fast + Green – sounds pretty good to me. If you are in the Nashville area, check out their website:


Water –  Use It Wisely (@WUIW)

Water – Use it Wisely is an international water conservation campaign providing simple tips to help you save water. When it comes to ‘being green’ and saving the planet, it can seem almost impossible to figure out where to begin. More times than not, people are in the mindset that a small change in habit here or there won’t amount to much, but in order to see big changes, we have to start with the little things. WUIW headlines with ‘There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you’. The organization’s website provides a comprehensive list of over 100 ways to conserve water. Tips range from shortening shower time, efficiently watering the lawn, and saving water while washing the dishes. Each item on this list is a surprisingly simple thing that you can do to make a difference. For the complete list, and much more information on water conservation, swing by the website and make a personal commitment to change a few habits:

GET INVOLVED: Share some green/eco-friendly businesses and organizations in your area. Who should we know about? What green-biz innovators are changing the way we look at the corporate world? Please comment and spread the good word about your favorite green business or resource!grassbanner3

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  1. Hi Matt. Thanks for including Water – Use It Wisely in your blog. We started the campaign 10 years ago and it has been growing ever since. We appreciate the recognition and invite your readers to follow WUIW on Twitter for a new water-saving tip every day.

    Also, I have a green marketing blog and just launched a poll to determine readers' favorite green websites as a count down to Earth Day. Please feel free to vote and share with your followers:

    Thanks for all you do.

    • WUIW is a great awareness tool and offers a lot of simple suggestions that everyone should take into consideration. Thanks for coming by the blog and thanks for taking the time to raise awareness about water conservation and preservation!

  2. Matt, your green week idea is a great one, and this is a really helpful list. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how much drinkable water gets wasted in our country. At our house, we've started keeping a pitcher by the kitchen sink, and dumping in any extra water out of our glasses. Then we use that to water the plants, rather than getting fresh water out of the faucet. It's a small thing, but I think it helps our kids become more aware of the need to conserve water, in general, and awareness is the first step. Thanks for doing your part!

    • Kristin. You have the right idea! I am FAR from an environmentalist, it’s all about little changes in habit that can add up to big results. I think I have to buy some plants before I can follow your tip here – but as you said, this is a great illustration of leading by example and it’s showing your kids how easy it is to do your part.

  3. Use water wisely and don't let them take it from you.
    If you haven't I suggest seeing”Flow” the movie it off the festival tour and on DVD. It's about way more than conserving water.

    It was world water day today – or yesterday – I 'm not exactly sure what time it is, so it was a choice topic.

    • Hello Cooper. Thanks for sharing! I looked into ‘Flow’ and it looks really interesting. (To everyone) here is a brief summary of the film:

      Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis.

      Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

      Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”

      For more information, head over to the film’s website: