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Why We Signed the Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce

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We are proud to announce that we are the latest organization to sign the Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce.

The charter was conceived by the International Businesses Standards Organization (IBSO).

They are a worldwide independent non-profit organization that creates, promotes and maintains evaluative and ethical standards for international market players and for the global business community at large.

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The Unstoppable Rise of Solar Power

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Solar power is typically inconspicuous, as solar panels tend to sit high on the roofs of our buildings. However, this silent power generator is at the tipping point of an energy revolution.

There are various reasons for the burgeoning success of solar power, but let’s take a look at just three of the major trends that are converging right now.

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This Smart Charger Only Draws Power When Your Phone Is Plugged In

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Did you know that regular mobile phone chargers use electricity when plugged into a wall even when a mobile phone is not attached?

It’s a bit like paying at a gas station for fuel when your car is not there.

Incredibly, every year the world’s seven billion mobile phone chargers waste about two nuclear power plants worth of electricity through this inherent design weakness.

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Bam•Brush is an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush Made From Freshly Harvested Bamboo

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Did you know that 50,000,000 pounds of plastic toothbrushes end up in American landfills every year?

It’s a shocking amount.

Luckily, there is hope on the horizon in the form of the world’s first 100% biodegradable toothbrush.

Developed by U.S. company Planet Essentials, this innovative and eco-friendly toothbrush is both practical and affordable.

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UK Renewable Energy Employment Grows 7 Times Faster than the National Average

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Newly released regional and national jobs analysis by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) shows remarkable growth in the UK’s renewable energy labour market.

Between 2013 and 2014, employment in renewable energy increased by almost 9 percent for the UK as a whole. This brings the total number of people working for the industry to 112,026.

In comparison, the Office for National Statistics reported average employment growth of just 1.2 percent during the same period.

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Meet the World’s Smallest and Lightest Hydropower Station

Blue FreedomEvery once in while a great idea comes along that deserves attention.

Blue Freedom is just such an idea.

It’s a sleek, small and portable hydropower station that can be used to charge any USB device that is powered by rechargeable batteries. Examples include digital cameras, mobile phones and tablets.

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The Kia Soul EV Wins the Canadian Green Car of the Year 2015 Award

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The opening ceremonies of the Vancouver International Auto Show on March 24 revealed a pleasant surprise for Kia Motors Corporation – their Kia Soul EV was announced as the first ever Canadian green car of the year.

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) tested the car against three other finalists: The Honda Fit, the Subaru Legacy and the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

In choosing the winner, AJAC looked for the most environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicle for the the Canadian consumer.

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2015: The Year of the LED

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If there is one technology that is likely to trend in 2015, then it is LEDs.

LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, have been around for many decades.

However, recent years have seen both a huge reduction in manufacturing costs of LEDs, and impressive enhancements to their lighting output.

While early LEDs were first seen in pocket calculators and watches, they are now cheap and powerful enough to begin replacing existing lighting – and even to create new lighting options.

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How Elon Musk is Changing the World

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“Sustainable energy is the fundamental problem the world faces.” – Elon Musk

Every generation needs a pioneer who can transform industries and societies.

Elon Musk certainly fits this mold.

Musk, 43,  was a co-founder of PayPal, who after selling his holdings in that company, looked for ways he could help the world through green, innovative and futuristic businesses.

You may not know his name, but it is likely you have heard of Tesla – his increasingly successful electric car company.

Musk is also the CEO of SpaceX, who is developing the tools and technology to allow us to live in space. And finally, he is the Chairman of SolarCity, his renewable-energy company specializing in Solar Power for both homeowners and businesses.

Musk is such an important figure in the way our future is developing that it is worth looking in more depth at each of his major commercial offerings.

 

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