Going Green in 2018


As humans, we exist as daily inhabitants of Planet Earth and as active participants in this phenomenon known as life. As such, every single one of us bears the responsibility to play a part in protecting the planet's resources. We all have the power to minimize our environmental impact and  live a more sustainable lifestyle, and it's as simple as implementing smalls acts of eco-consciousness throughout our days.

Furthermore, organizations both small and large are becoming increasingly aware of their responsibility to cultivate more sustainable practices in the workplace, from the architecture of  buildings themselves to the basic operations of day-to-day meetings.

Entrepreneurs, consultants, and small business owners can also harness the power of these sustainable business practices. And it’s easy: it takes nothing more than being a little more thoughtful in your daily decisions, and occasionally taking an extra step to choose the eco-friendly alternative.

Below are some simple ways you can incorporate greener practices into your work ethic, and encourage employees and colleagues to do the same. Will you jump on the bandwagon and go green in 2018?

·       Choose reusable glass bottles or canteens for drinking water in lieu of plastic water bottles. Life Factory and S’well offer a diverse selection of durable and visually appealing options.

·       Ask your local coffee shop if they’ll pour your morning brew into a personal cup or thermos rather than a paper cup. At the very least, support coffee shops that use cups made from recycled materials and serve fair trade coffee.

·       Do you have a physical office space? Design your space so that it makes the most of natural light, and use energy-efficient bulbs when natural light isn’t enough.

·       Buy office supplies (think notepads, printer paper, etc.) that are composed of recycled materials. Use double-sided printing as often as possible to save paper.

·       Consider ordering printing supplies from local suppliers to reduce the effects of long distance transportation utilized by “big box” companies.

·       Hosting a meeting or event? Choose a venue that recycles. Better yet, choose a LEED certified venue!

·       If you’re catering food for a meeting or event, choose a restaurant or catering service that sources their food locally and sustainably.

·       Minimize food waste – don’t order more than you need! If you do have leftovers, make sure they are put to good use: have attendees take them home for dinner, freeze them to be eaten later, or donate them to a local food charity.

·       Bike or walk to work. Encourage event or meeting attendees to carpool or take public transportation.

·       Use natural and biodegradable soaps and cleaning supplies.

·       Bring your own lunch in a reusable container. Minimize the amount of takeout you consume – the amount of paper/plastic bags, cartons, plastic utensils, and napkins that composes a takeout order adds up very quickly.

Three Podcasts Every Entrepreneur Should Tune Into


We are pretty lucky to have a veritable wealth of podcasts at our fingertips in this day and age. There is simply so much knowledge floating out in the digital world, just waiting to be absorbed and applied to our lives. But it can be tricky to decide which of these podcasts are actually worth listening to - and that's why we're here to help. Below, we've highlighted three of our favorite podcasts that speak directly to go-getting, forward-thinking entrepreneurs.

How I Built This

In a Nutshell: Entrepreneurs and innovators share stories behind the movements, concepts, companies, and products they built. They outline the entire progression, exposing the failures and celebrating the achievements. Listeners will undoubtedly be familiar with several of the companies that are featured in the series, including Rent the Runway, Rolling Stone, and Samuel Adams craft beer.

Good for: Inspiration, idea development, motivation – in short, getting the creative juices flowing

Amy Porterfield Podcast

In a Nutshell: Meet Amy Porterfield, a results-driven online marketing guru who was named by Forbes as one of the Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers. Through her “action-by-action” process, she educates listeners on how to create a successful online business. She’s determined to boost confidence, peel away the intimidating layers of online marketing, and ensure that entrepreneurs see real momentum in the flow of their business.

Good for: Start-ups and solopreneurs interested in DIY business & savvy, results-oriented online marketing techniques


In a Nutshell: Everything in our lives is connected: make an improvement in one area, and it will produce a domino effect that tumbles naturally into the other areas. Simplify’s no-nonsense, blunt episode titles (i.e. “Your Brain Is Not a Hard Drive” and “You Have More Time Than You Think”) serve as frank reminders that the power to simplify our lives rests in our own hands. Through changing our everyday habits and overall perceptions, we can drastically alter the way we experience our lives, leading to the extraction of more enjoyment and productivity from each day.

Good for: Work-life balance, health and well-being, personal development, self-improvement