environmentally friendly

The 5 Best Things to Buy in April

Some bargains for April (like summer air travel) look ahead. Some (like winter gear) look behind. And some (like spring cleaning) are all about the moment.

5 Surprising Companies Going Green

When one thinks of green businesses, names like Whole Foods and Patagonia spring to mind. But there are other big firms whose major environmental efforts may surprise you.

Does Walmart Have a Vendetta Against Small Farmers?

In 2010, Walmart vowed to double its sales of locally grown produce by 2015, both as an environmental initiative and to support small farmers. But somehow, though Walmart has already passed its goal, small farmers haven't benefited at all.

5 Companies That Really Do Care About the World

Consumers are becoming more and more socially conscious and want the goods and services they use to measure up. Here are five companies that make an effort to make the world a better place while making a tidy profit for themselves:

How to Give Greener Electronic Gifts This Season

If you want to give your loved ones environmental peace and joy, you might want to hold off on buying them the latest hot gadgets as gifts. E-waste is a dirty problem that lingers far beyond the time when Christmas present becomes Christmas past.

The Profitable Side of Going Green

Mother Earth is getting a little bit of relief as more companies yield to pressure from environmentalists and activist shareholders to reduce their carbon footprints. But Gaia isn't the only one who's benefiting: Just ask some of the companies that have saved serious greenbacks by going green.

Impact Investing: Making Your Money Count

For some time, investors who wanted to put their money where their morals were have chosen socially responsible investing -- steering their cash away from firms whose practices they disapproved of. Now comes impact investing, which uses invested funds to solve social or environmental goals and earn competitive returns, too.

Automakers' Next Big Worry: A Sales Slowdown in China

The major players in the auto industry have had it rough in the past few years, first with the massive sales declines caused by the recession, and more recently, with the disaster in Japan. But the next challenge they face is already looming on the horizon: A slowdown in Chinese car sales.

California's Revolt Against Smart Electric Meters

Despite promises of environmental benefits and lower costs to consumers, smart meters are running into stiff resistance in some areas where you'd least expect it. Among the concerns: More electromagnetic radiation and loss of privacy.

Here Comes a Pedal-Powered Cell Phone Charger

Nokia has jumped on the environmentally friendly bandwagon with its new bicycle charger kit, which it hopes to have on sale by the end of the year. The device will do precisely what you'd expect: allow cyclists to power up their cell phones by pedaling their bicycles.

The Future of Putting Green to Work in Buildings

By many measures, Webcor Builers is the greenest general contractor of any significant size on the planet, and a key player in the green building technology ecosystem. We chat about the future of green with Webcor's vice president of sustainability and syBy many measures, Webcor Builers is the greenest general contractor of any significant size on the planet, and a key player in the green building technology ecosystem. We chat about the future of green building with Webcor's vice president of sustainability and systems engineering, Phil Williams.stems engineering, Phil Williams.

Private equity sticks with clean tech

Despite tumultuous global financial market conditions, private equity investments in the clean technology ("cleantech") space showed resilience last...