BWSmallBiz -- Editor's Memo
I needn't have worried. First, we had Senior Correspondent Amy Barrett on the case, and once again I was reminded that she can find just about anyone, anywhere. Second, since when does it make sense to doubt the ingenuity of entrepreneurs? We found the head of a print shop who's using recycled restaurant grease to clean printing parts. A doggie day care that sends dog poop to the local utility, which uses it to make methane. A furniture manufacturer that, instead of paying for its sawdust to be trucked away, lets local farms use it as horse bedding. That's in addition to some solar and wind power conversions and, yes, a lot of double-sided printing.
These entrepreneurs are not environmental zealots. Bootstrapping a business seems to produce a natural aversion to waste and a very reasonable desire to save money. A number of them also said that by embracing sustainability, they hoped to set a good example for their kids. Come to think of it, that may be the biggest payoff of all.
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