After leaving my previous company, I took some time to figure out what I would like to do next. And while I haven’t completely determined what path I want to go down, I did decide to revive a project I have been thinking about for over two years.
With that, I’m happy to announce the creation of Greencurement – a platform that will provide tools to institutions (governments, hospitals, schools) and businesses to manage their procurement policies and buy greener products. We just finalized the company last night and signed our agreements. We are ready for business.
The idea for Greencurement was sparked over two years ago in coversations with procurement officers. I came to realize there was no easy way for procurement professionals to identify products that meet their purchasing specifications, let alone determine what environmental specifications to choose. There are hundreds of standards, certifications, eco-labels and health and environmental attributes, let alone performance requirements.
I reached out to an old colleague I worked with for a couple years on developing environmental databases and he and a friend decided to pair up with me on developing this software. So here we are, day one of the new company, working day and night to create software that will make green procurement much easier!
The Green Sports Alliance, with six major league teams, was recently announced. The alliance is a non-profit is “working with professional sports teams, sponsors and other stakeholders to identify the necessary tools to make informed sustainable choices that benefit their fans, their venues, their bottom lines and the environment.”
The founding members include:
- Seattle Mariners (baseball)
- Seattle Seahawks (football)
- Portland Trail Blazers (basketball)
- Vancouver Canucks (hockey)
- Seattle Storm (women’s basketball)
- Seattle Sounders (soccer)
Does the list of inaugural members surprise you? For from Seattle, one from Portland and one from Vancouver. Well, I think we have the progressive green cities in the Pacific Northwest covered. Now come on rest of the U.S. and Canada!
Sustainable Brands has just put up information for the 2011 business plan competition. Sustainable Brands is an annual conference held in beautiful Monterrey, CA, with many of the leading brands and thinkers in sustainability attending.
The Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (according to GreenMBA.com) ” is a showcase of creativity, innovative thinking and solution based approaches that seek to make a significant environmental and social impact within the business world. In addition, it fosters collaboration between early stage eco-entrepreneurs and executives from some of the most influential brands in the industry, as well as socially responsible investors who can help take their ideas to the next level.”
Submissions are due by April 11. You can submit online here: http://www.sustainablelifemedia.com/events/sb11/innovation-open/enter
Two great innovations have come out of green products pioneer Seventh Generation this past week. Announced at Expo West, a new laundry detergent that will bring us closer to reduced waste and a lower total environmental footprint.
First, the bottle itself is made of cardboard. Seventh Gen was able to reduce total use of plastic to just 1/3 of what competitor’s use, by using a cardboard bottle with a plastic bag inside to hold the detergent. The entire thing is technically recyclable, although most consumers won’t be able to throw it in their bin in their communities.
The second great feat was becoming the first manufacturer to move to a 4x concentrated laundry detergent! Seventh Generation unveiled the new product last week to great fanfare. The new product will reduce waste, reduce GHG emissions, reduce energy, and for the consumer, make it less of a hassle to drag detergent home from the grocery store.
Kudos to my friends at Seventh Generation!