When people talk about business and the environment they are usually saying that: 1) Business and industry are the causes of our problems with the environment or 2) new ideas in business and industry can help save the environment. With that in mind I decided to investigate businesses that have instituted environment-friendly operations or offer environment-friendly services – I started by looking at businesses that share the name Earth Matters with the exhibition here at the National Museum of African Art. Below are a few that I found, and you can probably find more Earth Matters and Environment related businesses and business ideas on the web, take a look, see what you find, and tell us what is going on!
First up is a law firm based in both America and Australia called Earth Matters Law http://www.earthmatterslaw.org/index.html
Their mission statement reads:
We believe that it is vital to understand that the integrity of our world, and indeed our survival, depends on understanding linkages between all life on earth and the natural resources necessary for life on earth. This includes the conservation of natural resources and species, the maintenance and preservation of the health, integrity and harmony of cultures and communities, in addition to the promotion and development of innovative solutions to pollution, and energy issues, including the replacement of fossil and hydrocarbon based fuels.
Check out how artists in the Earth Matters exhibition are also fighting for the environment http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/earthmatters/environmental.html.
Second is Earth Matters Incorporated http://www.earthmattersinc.com/, a subcontract-drilling firm that provides Geotechnical and Environmental drilling services to private, corporate and government agencies.
Although they are not digging for gold or diamonds, a theme that runs through section III of the Earth Matters exhibition, they are going into the underground!
Not surprisingly, Earth Matters is also the name of an organic grocery store http://www.earthmatters.com/index.php. Indeed, the only surprise here is that the store is on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City! In the 1990s, the Lower East Side was a gritty place known for its bargain clothing, bodegas and illegal drugs. Isaac Tapiero, a dancer and real estate investor from Israel, wanted a change, he wanted to open a place where people could detoxify from a harsh environment by eating healthy foods and relaxing in a spiritual environment. He wanted to promote a conscious lifestyle that is kind towards people and the environment.
In 2001, Isaac recruited his nephew, Marco Megira, to renovate the ground floor space at 177 Ludlow St., which used to house a bodega. With the help of local construction workers, Tapiero’s nephew, Marco Megira, built a three-level store with an Internet café on the mezzanine and a garden lounge on the top level.
You can check out the Smithsonian’s own gardens and outdoor sculpture in the Earth Matters exhibition at http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/earthmatters/earthworks.html or come see it in person!
You can also check more discussions about environment-friendly businesses at the following links;