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October 29, 2010

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Brazilian supermarket chain uses a tracking system to make sure beef doesn't come from rain forest cleared land. Greenpeace role as well.

Biofuels webs of relationships

Many shared bets on advanced bioenergy, with Cargill in the mix.

Brazil sugar crop concerns

According to FT: "Brazil, which accounts for more than half of world exports, may fall for the first time in years in 2011 as farmers are forced to renovate their ageing sugar cane plantations." Becoming more sustainable?

October 28, 2010

MPKwH

We need to set up a better way to measure electric car efficiency http://www.minnpost.com/ypn/2010/10/27/22766/electric_vs_conventional_cars_--_how_to_compare_efficiency?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=c4fa5f68bd-10_28_2010_The_Latest_from_MinnPost_com10_28_2010&utm_medium=email , http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=window-shopping-for-electric-cars

The future of biofuels

from the Economist 10 28 10

October 25, 2010

Shade grown, Brazilian cacao and Mars Inc.

Cabruca works with cooperative in Bahia. More info, partnership with Mars, more on Mars sustainable chocolate, new product

October 17, 2010

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

A large Brazilian supermarket chain with many sustainable activities

Equator Initiative

The UN awards prizes for sustainable ventures. Treetap uses latex from rubber coop to as a material for bags.

October 16, 2010

Brazil economis trends

according to the Carlyle Group "trends, including a rapidly expanding middle class (from 38% of the population in 2003 to 52% in 2009); more women participating in the Brazilian consumer market (women represent 65% of domestic consumption - 3rd largest market in the world after the U.S. and Japan); and an increase in purchasing power by more women participating in the workforce (from 31% to 45% in the past seven years) and higher average salary growth than men (42% vs. 25% CAGR in the past seven years)."

October 14, 2010

triple bottom line and Natura

Only up to 2005, but good background on Natura

October 13, 2010

Certified sustainable lumber in Brazil

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/news.cfm?id=rondobel_release

Bio diesel plans in Brazil

Good article describing challenges of expanding Brazilian biodiesel.

October 12, 2010

Cargill Biofuel

10 of Cargill's Next-Gen Biofuel Bets

Amyris Brasil

Amyris industrial synthetic biology platform using Brasilian sugarcane operating a pilot plant in Campinas. 2nd generation ethanol. Working with Usina São Martinho, Al Santos, 1893 - São Paulo

Embrapa AgriEnergy

Embrapa AgriEnergy is the R&D arm of Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, focusing on biofuels. Good stats and charts.

2010 Brazil Biofuels report

Great history, facts and future directions of Brazil's biofuel industry. Grupo Sao Martinho, Amyris Biotechnologies, Dedini and Novozymes look interesting.

October 11, 2010

Fair trade coffee near Sao Paulo

Poco Fundo is a coffee cooperative 4.5 hrs from Sao Paulo, working w/ Caribou and Peace.

hype cycle and iPad

Nice graph and worth studying why the iPad launch worked so well. http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/10/10/hype.and.weight.of.expectation.versus.ownership/

October 6, 2010

100% sustainable shoes?

Bio Way shoes, eco friendly, made in Life Way solar powered factory certified by Greenpeace
"The innovations are on the shoe leather (tanned with biodegradable astringent found in tree bark), the soles (made of latex extracted from rubber trees in Brazil and takes only five years to degrade in nature) in water-based glue, the shoelaces and the line (both organic cotton)."

No Brasil a linha Bio Way é comercializada nas lojas do Greenpeace localizadas na cidade de São Paulo: Pixolé Calçados e American Shoes. Em Curitiba na loja Holt Zutto. O site: www.freewayshoes.com.br

eco store in Brazil

Greenpeace has a store full of sustainable products. Sadly it is in Curitiba. One more reason to go there. http://www.greenpeace.org/brasil/loja/

Ciao Mao

Sustainable and innovative Brazilian shoe co. http://www.id-mag.com/article/ciaomao/ Not much in English, but doing all the right stuff.