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About GreenPages Directory

GreenPages Directory is the leading online search directory and business platform for sustainable purchasing and healthier living. We connect businesses that recognize the need to improve and communicate their social performance, reduce their waste and energy consumption, and make efficient use of resources in their procurement processes with personal and professional consumers seeking their healthy and eco-friendly options. By maintaining comprehensive up-to-date information on certifications, eco-labels and sustainable standards covering all business categories, we help consumers and businesses understand and communicate their meaning and value to the marketplace.

  • GreenPages Directory Supports Consumer Choice for Non-GMO Products

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    Filed in Agriculture & Food , Dining & Entertainment , Healthcare & Nutrition , Personal Care & Cosmetics , on by GreenPages Directory

    There is increasing opposition to the use of Genetically Modified Organisms, more commonly known as “GMOs”. GMOs are artificially produced variants of plants or animals in which the genetic makeup of the organism has been altered to contain one or more genes not normally found in the organism’s DNA. Through genetic engineering, genes that control specific desired attributes in the native species are forced into the DNA of the GMO to give the host a similar trait. Because the genes of different, unrelated species are used, this process is called transgenic.  GreenPages Directory supports consumer choice for Non-GMO products and listings that are identified as such can be viewed here:

    The most common use of GMOs is in the farming industry where crops can be made resistant to parasites, frost and even herbicides. However, there are many applications for the modifying of organisms and the same biotechnological processes used to create corn impervious to RoundUp herbicide are used to produce Bovine Growth Hormone (rBST) to increase milk production in dairy cows; just as potatoes are modified to produce the effects of anti­cholera vaccine and spider genes are inserted into goat DNA to produce milk proteins that are stronger than ... Read More

  • GreenPages Directory, Certifications and the Role of Standards

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    Filed in Ecosystems, Wildlife & Biodiversity , Energy , Environment & Climate , on by GreenPages Directory

    One way that you as a conscious consumer can have an impact on an industry is to use your purchasing power to encourage businesses to act responsibly. The GreenPages Directory can help you find the type of company you want to do business with by filtering results according to benchmarks that are most important to you. One basic method for this is to conduct a search that filters according to which certifications and labels a product or business has attained.

    The purpose of any certification or labeling program is to ensure that companies adhere to specific criteria that reach the level of quality standards set by a regulatory body for the given industry. These programs are either officially mandated or they are voluntary, and for our purposes, mandatory regulations can be thought of as legally binding rules set by the government that can include everything from the way a product is manufactured to whether or not it functions as it claims to do. In order for a government label to be mandated, however, it has to be passed by a governmental regulatory agency, folded into a law, and then enforced through inspection. Violation of these standards, for instance a meat-packing firm ... Read More

  • Sweden Moving Closer to Zero Waste

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    Filed in Eco-Innovation , Energy , Waste Management & Recycling , Water Quality & Water Pollution , on by GreenPages Directory

    Sweden is moving toward zero waste by making it possible to recycle 99% of all household waste. Since 1975, the country has moved from being able to recycle only 38% of its household waste to turning the entire country’s household waste into energy.

    By imposing new regulation for recycling stations to be located within 300 meters from any residential area, citizens are taking part by collecting and separating their recyclable waste in their homes and drop off other items to nearby recycling stations.

    Today, there are 32 incineration plants in Sweden which burn more than 2 million tonnes of waste to produce heat for over 800,000 households and generate electricity for 250,000 homes. Since 1985, 99% of heavy metal emissions have been reduced despite the fact that Sweden emits three times more waste today than in 1985.

    ‘We are trying to “move up the refuse ladder”, as we say, from burning to material recycling, by promoting recycling and working with authorities’, Weine Wiqvist, CEO of the Swedish Waste Management and Recycling Association (Avfall Sverige) says.

    Meanwhile, Swedish households keep separating their newspapers, plastic, metal, glass, electric appliances, light bulbs and batteries. Municipalities in Sweden encourage people there to separate food waste beside plastic, glass, ... Read More

  • Sustainability: A way of being for Small Business

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    Filed in Human Resources on by GreenPages Directory

    Sustainability is often thought of in the sense of human sustainability on planet earth or as was referred in the 2005 World Summit on Social Development, “…social development requires the reconciliation of environmental, social equity and economic demands – the 3 pillars of sustainability…”

    When considering the word sustainability it is really defined as:  to endure.  When applied to business practices consider the following four areas where sustainability not only could show up but should show up:

    1)      Process & Procedure

    In BC 55% of all small business do not have employed help.  Wearing all hats makes the urgency of process and procedure tend to fall by the wayside quite often.  How you do what you do is just as important as what and why!

    2)      Well Being

    Whether there are multiple people in an organization or few it is a responsibility to create an environment of well-being.  As small business owners we all support a lot of the BC economy!  If a business owner is not taking care of their own well-being, what kind of shape will they be in to look after the needs of their clients?

    3)      Internal & External Relationships

    “You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with” – not ... Read More

  • Engineering Creates Opportunity from Waste

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    Filed in Energy on by GreenPages Directory

    TEST Canadian households generate nearly 13 million tonnes of waste every year, more waste per capita than any of our peer countries, even the US. Recycling programs reduce a small portion of garbage that goes into landfills, but the trash keeps piling up and so has the cost of managing that waste: Canadian taxpayers spent a total of $2.6 billion in 2008 on waste management. In addition to the expense comes a concern for the impact our garbage has on the environment, and cash strapped local governments are now being pushed to find ways to make disposal and treatment of garbage both cheaper and more sustainable.

    Engineering that uses waste to create gas and generate clean power provides the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way to deal with the mountains of trash we create. However, if trash disposal is going to be made cheaper and more sustainable, engineering entrepreneurs need to first provide proof of concept before these solutions will be employed on a large scale. Partnerships between BC area businesses, institutions, and municipalities are in the forefront of implementing technologies that are transforming the way we handle waste.

    Metro Vancouver’s Waste-to-Energy Facility

    As part of its Zero Waste Challenge, Metro Vancouver ... Read More