Goin’ (Green OR Sustainable OR Organic OR Renewable)

Posted by Cindy Shamel, May 7, 2013

Call it what you will (and a little Boolean logic will let you call it four things at the same time), environmental responsibility appears on many a radar screen. Corporations care, environmental groups care, foodies care, Moms care, government regulators care, and maybe even you care.

This issue of Information Update looks at just a few sources that can help you save money, buy healthful products, and check up on corporate sustainability. Have fun, and let the rest of the Information Update readers know if you find a bargain or have more sites to share.

Save Money

Download coupons for organic foods.

Cascadian Farm Coupons – Free registration delivers coupons to your email box whenever they become available.

HealthESavers – Includes natural brands of food, beverages, and nutritional supplements.

Organic Valley – The Organic Valley brand represents over 1,800 farmer-owned farms.  Sign up for their newsletter with special offers and coupons.

Stonyfield Farm – Create a free account and receive instant access to coupons and other offers.

Whole Foods Market – Choose printable coupons from the current store guide.

Sustainable Live*Work*Play – Links to other sites including EarthBound FarmsSimply OrganicNewman’s Own, and Lundberg Family Farms.

Healthful Products

Shop for clothing and other products.

Maggie’s Organics – For fair trade, organic fibers clothing.

Rawganique – Sweatshop free products made from European hemp.

Environmental Working Group Health Cleaning Guide – Guide that ranks over 2,000 household cleaning products.

Corporate Sustainability

A 2011 survey by Ernst & Young shows that both customers and employees are driving corporate sustainability efforts.  At the same time, executives report an awareness that sustainability matters and awareness is on the rise of the scarcity of business resuorces.

To find out what a company is doing with corporate sustainability, check out their Investor Relations page.  There you will almost always find a Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR).  To search across multiple companies simultaneously, try the Global Reporting Initiative‘s Sustainability Disclosure Database.

For a European take on sustainability, try Corporate Social Responsibility Europe from the European Monitoring Centre on Change.

For a comprehensive full-text database covering all aspects of sustainability, you might want to check out EBSCO’s Sustainability Reference Center.  As this article goes to “press” they appear to be offering a free trial.