Impact Economics

 

For most businesses, having positive social and environmental impact isn’t high up on the list of priorities. But change is coming! Here we take a look at innovative economic approaches with proven, positive, sustainable impact.

Artificial Intelligence – Can We Save our Planet with Computing Power?

Artificial intelligence has long since solved complex tasks and made our everyday lives easier. But do intelligent computer programmes also provide new solutions for environmental and climate protection?

Apparel 100: Open Data Looking to Clean Up the Fashion Industry

Open data platform WikiRate aims to unravel the reality behind the sustainability and labour commitments made by the world’s largest clothing manufacturers.

Ask.Moe: Using Google’s Powerful Search Function to Fund Non-Profits

All of us use search engines everyday, and most of us use Google. This makes a lot of money for them, but can it also generate funds for charitable causes?

Open Food Network: The ‘Digital Farmers Market’ Trading Food – and Ideas

Open Food Network takes 'buying local' to the next step by introducing communities of shoppers to the farmers and producers that live around them.

Proteme: Can Invisible, Edible Nano-films Protect Our Fruit and Reduce Food Waste?

A large portion of our perishable foods never make it to the dinner plate. A French startup hopes their innovative protective nano-film can help keep fruit fresher, for longer.

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Electronic Waste Recycling With the Help of Bacteria

Recycling e-waste still presents us with major challenges, partly because the individual components are difficult to separate from one another. However, researchers are developing a new method - with the help of bacteria.

Restoring the Rainforest With Leftover Coffee

Coffee production results in large amounts of waste, but new research suggests at least part of that - the coffee pulp - could be recycled and used to speed up the recovery of tropical forests.

Pula’s Tech-Based Insurance Offers Protection and Opportunities to Vulnerable Smallholder Farmers

Reducing the causes of climate change may help the future, but for some farmers the damage is already done. For them, special insurance schemes may be the answer.

Catalan Cooperative Founds Social and More Sustainable Alternative to Amazon

The Spanish "La Zona" project aims to provide an environmentally friendly, and socially sustainable, alternative to online retailers like Amazon by creating a joint sales platform for local cooperative businesses.