Innovations

20 Innovations
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    The way that farmers treat crop straws is quite simple: just burn them. Although the ash generated by burning of crop st...
      China
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Beau Daane
      Beau Daane I love how this innovation addresses the needs of an often forgotten smaller scale market, that of small farmers in China (and potentially beyond). This is a scalable innovation and one worthy of consideration.
    • Andrew Himes
      Andrew Himes I agree with Beau's assessment. However, the story could be improved by interviewing one or more farmers who are actually using this innovation.
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    DeBaise Lawn Care has found a way to be profitable while benefiting their business and the environment. Stephe...
      United States
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Charles Wankel
      Charles Wankel Great story of a local company that gives back to the community in which it does business.
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen It's neat to see how the business supports the local community through both photography and lawn care.
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    Healing people (physically, mentally, and emotionally) through healthy eating that is delicious. Sustainable resource...
      China Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Scot Lowry
      Scot Lowry Demonstrating that healthy food sourced responsibly can be a sustainable business will encourage others to follow this model that is possible to replicate by many with meaningful impact on health and the environment.
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is a very inspiring story about how a man turned his life around and is aiming to help others become healthier and happier.
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    BIOS incorporates several key ideas: * Life After Life * Recycle Me * Planting Trees * Converting cemeteries in...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry From Grandmother to Grandson, a lesson in the garden that something dead can become fuel for new life results in an innovative and eco-friendly way to help deal with the remains of a loved one upon their passing.
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove We are taught to leave the world in better shape then when we came to it. Bios let's us practice that philosophy all the way to the end, and beyond!
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    Rustbelt Reclamation, a locally-based Cleveland, Ohio company, has revolutionized the field of upcycled, handcrafted fur...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A powerful new business model for manufacturing upcycled, handcrafted furniture using reclaimed materials. It allows the manufacturer to save hundreds of thousands of linear feet of lumber from landfills annually, while also saving existing hardwoods from...  more
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley Rustbelt Reclamation has deployed an innovative business model that allows furniture made from reclaimed materials to be more affordable and accessible, thereby creating a growth in demand that will prevent more and more lumbar from ending up in landfills....  more
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    SunCulture aims to create a new investment class by empowering poor farmers to increase their annual crop yield by ...
      Kenya Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
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    Askinosie Chocolate is a small, family-owned and operated chocolate business located in Springfield, Missouri. The compa...
      United States
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner This company is inspiring in that it has exhibited social-consciousness on every level of the business: from suppliers and production, through to marketing and customers and community. I think it is highly scalable in the sense that other companies can learn...  more
    • Beau Daane
      Beau Daane Love the direct connection to the farmers producing the cocoa. Talk about understanding your supply chain. Wonder how scale would impact relationships (you can't know all your farmers when you reach a certain point); and how do you guarantee sustainable...  more
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    Africam Safari is a wildlife park in Mexico dedicated to the conservation of mostly African species in environments...
      Mexico
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne An inspiring story of love for all of nature and the vision of sharing the wonders of animals in their natural habitats creating a meaningful experience for collaborators and visitors as well as an expansion of awareness, apreciation and co-responsibility...  more
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom Wonderful to read of the holistic philosophy of the Camachos that cherishes people, animals, and the environment.
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    Organic waste comes in many forms, agricultural, food, sewage, and usually it gets thrown in landfills or incinerated, b...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Great example of creating a positive from what has been seen as a negative - creating energy and fertilizer from waste, and exciting to see its potential for scaling up and spreading the positive impact.
    • AIM Team
      AIM Team This story is a great example of the Circular Economy in action. We need more stories like this one to demonstrate how to shift the "business as usual mindset" about waste as an end rather than a new beginning. So much of what we think of as "waste" can be...  more
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    With $3 billion dollars in annual sales, Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) is the market leader in consumer lawn and garden ...
      Worldwide Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Great to see a company approaching the water positive challenge from a number of angles, and being willing to test assumptions (e.g. about phosphorus) which open up new possibilities.
    • AIM Team
      AIM Team When Big Business is Good Business, the positive impact is big as well! I'm really glad to learn about SMG's water-thrifty and consumer-responsive initiatives, and the company's partnerships with environmental and conservation stewardship groups. I also didn't...  more
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     Pristine Plant Health care, LLC is out to save the trees and the planet!  They firmly believe that human...
      United States
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Jeana Wirtenberg
      Jeana Wirtenberg Great example of a successful business partnership between a husband and wife who are passionate about saving the earth, and found a responsible way to create a successful for profit business all at the same time.
    • Argerie Vasilakes
      Argerie Vasilakes I love the homeopathic idea here writ large: to heal the Earth with medicine it produces itself!
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    Aloterra has established a vertically integrated agribusiness, which includes 4,000 acres of fast-growing Miscanthus g...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Very exciting to see the potential for miscanthus in such a wide variety of applications, and for its nanocrystals.
    • AIM Team
      AIM Team This is an astonishing business as an agent of world benefit story, from every angle. It truly illustrates that the answers are right under our feet. Regenerative agriculture has the power to fuel good job, strong communities, superior products, technology...  more
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    The community based sustainable agriculture through the Organic System of Rice Intensification Program (SRI)&n...
      Indonesia
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Amelia Naim Indrajaya
      Amelia Naim Indrajaya This is a good example on how a big corporation build a flourishing relationship through their community involvement projects. Not only increasing the farmers welfare and the quality of the environment, at the same time the company also gain benefits through...  more
    • Lori Neiswander
      Lori Neiswander "This achievement has become the spiritual fuel for Suka Makmur villagers to keep up their good work." I love the thought of "spiritual fuel" being part of a sustainability effort.
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    Rothsay, established in 1947, recycles about 99% of the materials they collect including animal by-products, grease trap...
      Canada
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Ruben Burga
      Ruben Burga Very good example of a waste disposal firm actually going beyond disposing of the waste but instead focusing on recycling and re-using - truly becoming a waste management company.
    • Lori Neiswander
      Lori Neiswander This organization was ahead of the curve with their efforts to be environmentally conscious. Their positive impact is compounded through the educational efforts.
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     Who: ·       The employees who implement care and value to the raw materials...
      Canada
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Ruben Burga
      Ruben Burga An everyday manufacturing company who is taking a variety of steps to address sustainability, that when viewed makes an overall big impact.
    • Lori Neiswander
      Lori Neiswander This is a good example of how small changes can make a positive impact. This company is certainly a good citizen.
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    Villa Milagro Vineyards provides a habitat for native species of birds, plants, and wildlife as well as wine grapes. Vil...
      United States
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Gerard Farias
      Gerard Farias The story demonstrates that it takes hard work and commitment to do things sustainably. It also demonstrates that with will, the possibilities are open to anyone.
    • Roberta Baskin
      Roberta Baskin This is an inspiring model of protecting the land and harvest with an authentic mission behind it. The vineyard's leadership is dedicated to quality work and quality results. That commitment inspires me to search for this wine and try it!
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    Sahara Forest Project is an innovative approach to the agricultural despair in desert covered countries. Utilizing exist...
      Qatar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Whitney Kear
      Whitney Kear This innovation is an inspiring example of turning the desert green by leveraging natural processes.
    • Roberta Baskin
      Roberta Baskin I'm intrigued to see that this very green idea was hatched by considering nature's lack of waste and looking to biomimicry for inspiration. We can learn so much from observing Mother Nature!
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    Río Secreto is a tourist experience in the state of Quintana Roo, México, which allows you ...
      Mexico Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Roberta Baskin
      Roberta Baskin Thanks for bringing your additional experience to the conversation about this treasure of an eco-tourism site that is in a fragile environment. I hope to visit some day.
    • Maria Eugenia Ciofalo-Lagos
      Maria Eugenia Ciofalo-Lagos Congratulations Kristel your story is one of a kind,. How you describe this place with such appreciation and love is inspiring. You have just graduate as a Master of Human Development and Intellectual Capital at UPAEP and for sure will be telling another...  more
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    Wildflower Turf is not only an aesthetically pleasing product, but it requires no fertiliser, and is virtually drought r...
      United Kingdom
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Whitney Kear
      Whitney Kear This profitable business shows how human ingenuity can help speed up Nature's regenerative processes. Wildflower areas are not only pleasing to the eye, but provide essential pollinator services and contribute to healthy soil and water containment.
    • Claire Sommer
      Claire Sommer I love this innovation because of how many ways it has positive, beneficial impact. Kudos!
    • roger saillant
      roger saillant Love wildflowers and anything which enhances their distribution is a positive. Not sure which UN Global Goals are most impacted.
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    Terraseed is an UK-based producer of physical barrier systems for crops to eliminate the need for agrochemicals to ...
      United Kingdom
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Claire Sommer
      Claire Sommer This story shows how modern technological innovation can be applied to improve agricultural processes that are beneficial to people and the planet, while creating prosperous business.