10 Things You Can Do to Help the Planet

On Earth Day, take a few small steps to make your world a little more green

make up 23% of the U.S. solid waste stream, according to National Geographic’s Green Guide.

  • Start a Garden
    You can add some green to your landscaping with a new garden. Grow your own organic vegetables and fruit but be sure to use chemical-free seeds. Try Seeds of Change, (www.seedsofchange.com), or The Natural Gardening Co., (www.naturalgardening.com), for truly organic seeds.
  • Cut Down on Driving
    Carpool with co-workers, take public transportation, ride a bike or even walk. If having a car is an absolute must, look into buying a hybrid vehicle. Hybrid vehicles reduce gas emissions and improve mileage, a definite plus with record-breaking gas prices. For more information, visit the Union of Concerned Scientists’ hybrid information center at www.hybridcenter.org.
  • Recycle
    Although not a new idea, recycling is still one of the easiest ways to go green. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only one curbside recycling program existed in the United States 20 years ago, and by 2006, 8,660 programs were in place. And certainly don’t overlook those water bottles: Purchase a reusable water bottle such as those available at www.mysigg.com.
  • Use an Eco-Friendly Bag
    According to the EPA, more than 380 billion plastic bags, wraps, and sacks are used in the U.S. each year. In supermarkets the question is changing from “paper or plastic?” to “Do you have a canvas bag?” Reusable, eco-friendly bags are spotted much more commonly in grocery stores around the country. What’s more, if you’re a small business owner, consider buying custom canvas bags for your customers to reuse. Check out Websites such as www.ecobags.com and www.bagsontherun.com.
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    • Moin moin, schicker Beitrag auch wenn ich das etwas anders sehe 😀

    • Cniceent

      I agree, Financing starts with me. I was in a round table meeting with some of my peers and that was one of the main topics. 

    • Kennette

      Good practical advice.  I can not expect banks, or even friends to back me if I have not proved that I am taking my business serious from a financial standpoint.   

    • Dlhoops3

      Nice to know. Good information.

    • Cdean67

      The Peer to Peer loaning information was very interesting. I wasn’t aware of that option for business financing. Definitely worth a look at.

    • As a grant writer for non-profit organizations, the same holds true – how can you ask someone else to invest in your business when you have not done so first?  Great tips!

    • Askmysecretary

      I love considering all the options presented. Also business.gov is worthwhile info

    • I like the non-traditional capital route. Since I am building a record label, I plan on getting funding on a project-by-project basis using 
      http://www.kickstarter.com, a funding platform for creative projects!

    • LaKesha Womack

      Good question… seems like it may be the hours that you have personally invested in the project.  I think that is the way Habitat for Humanity calculates it when qualifying home owners.

    • Casandra Roache

      Love the sites shared! Will check out the investing!

    • Elderkeithpwilliams

      Good information, the options were good.

    • This was a great video!  Thank you for sharing this information.

    • Iluv23277

      This was another very informative course?

    • Kimberly

      This was a good lesson. I have already done a few things you suggested, so I’m at least on the right track but still have work to do.

    • excellent tips. i also agree that starting with yourself, is the best source of funding your small business or social cause.

    • I need to learn more about grant writing for my non-profit organization

    • Thanks.

    • markidlemons

      I needed the additional resources that were provided. . Thank you.

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    • Phoebe

      Money has always been a block, but you gave many different avenues to look into even with a bad credit rating.  These have be road blocks for me.  Thanks for the lifeline.

    • De’on

      Financing options are where I have been struggling. This really helped me to get my funding brain waves going.

    • Brett Patton

      Im going to prosper.com right now.  Thank you for the helpful information.

    • Misvista

      I will review this again! Great Information. 

    • BreeNR

      From experience I’ve learned that peer to peer lending sometimes requires a nice credit score to back up your request. I couldn’t agree moor with starting with you! If your not sacrificing for your dream why should anyone else.

    • bevmick

      I have always been one to fall back on temp agencies, independent contracting or freelancing whenever I have needed funds to survive or extra cash for a particular endeavor. What kinds of ways have others tried when your cash reserves and/or your credit leave a lot to be desired, and bank and personal loans are not an option?

    • http://www.blackenterprise.com/sbu/course/how-to-raise-capital-for-your-business-loans-vs-investments:  Great video guys on Twitter about financing your business venture.  

    • Forleasadon Harper

      This information is a blessing to me. I know that starting with me is key. I waste alot of money nonessential items. That money can now go into the business envelope.

      • I can also go into the envelope and start getting some of the stuff out of my house that I know I will never use.

    • Zurriane

      I like this one some great ideas. No family no angel investors.

    • GlobalService

      Thanks for the good information Lynnette!

    • Laura Hudson

      I never knew about peer to peer loans, I will be doing more research on this type of loans. Great and useful information in this video I love it.

    • Bobby

      Will definitely look into p2p lending.

    • Tettcommunitydevelopment

      Thanks for the inside scoop, I’ve been wondering about non traditional funding, that’s where I am right now in this start up stage.

    • Mckela Simon

      I love t his video because it was more at my speed im been in my bussiness for a year and im now at a point where try to raise my captial…

    • Harmonytresses

      I’m glad see talked about peer to peer lending. Project Enterprise is a great program in New York. I’m be taking part in their next workshop.

    • Very good video. Informative and much needed insight in regards to loans and raising money for your business.

    • tythestylist

      OMG…………… I am so grateful for this information.  I never knew anything about peer to peer loans.  I am really happy that I am taking notes for these webinar class.
      Thank you BE… and Thank God for sending this information my way!

    • Thank you for the resource sites for non-traditional funding a new business start-up. Awesome Presentation!

    • debt-free is the way to go. we are so quick to try and get a loan, but the best way to start a biz is debt-free so that when we start making money we can keep the profit…great advice and suggestions.

    • I think debt free is the BEST Avenue, especially when you already have personal debt you are trying to control.

    • A’Seneque Davis

      This was great information, I had no idea about peer-to-peer lending.

    • Wizzdom

      Great presentation. I see there are several avenues to stat funding my business. I’m going to definitely look into these suggestion. I’m getting excited. Thanks for the information.

    • Born2Win

      This was very informative.

    • Cameron T

      Great Information

    • vicky

      I enjoyed the video and received some important information on how to not get myself in debt while pursuing my dream. Thank you

    • Devonne

      Great information, I definitely will check into peer to peer lending.

    • POA

      Loved the info

    • This was helpful. I have been looking for other options for funding my business

    • Husband & Wife Go Green

      Very helpful. It helped me to consider all of my options and the importance of making smart choices when it comes to obtaining funding.

    • Michael125

      I thought this lesson was very interesting. I heard about Angle lenders but thought it was a fraud. Thanks for the lesson.

    • Ibrahim Koleosho

      this video is most enriching

    • Earlon Perry

      Is it only on my computer or the volume on these courses are extremely low? Just want to hear from others

    • Campus Basics

      A creative bartering opportunity helped my business move forward

    • I am glad also about the non traditional sources, this is the reason it’s taken me so long to go full-time in my business.