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Linda Hesthag  Ellwein

Communications, Change, and Photography, Oikonomia, Inc.


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To honor TED speaker, Ray Anderson's impactful life, let's share our ideas and hopes- whether big or small -towards a more sustainable world

The world lost a pioneer in the sustainability movement last week. Ray Anderson took risks few dared to take in industry. He was the founder of Interface Carpets, one of the world's largest carpet manufacturers, and became a sustainability champion after reading Paul Hawken's book, The Ecology of Commerce. He was the first to apply waste reduction, recycling and biodegradability to a large scale industrial corporation.

Hunter Lovins, co-author of Natural Capital, was quoted in the NY Times as saying, "“He was the first to prove that a corporate-wide, systemic commitment to sustainability could increase profitability. Before him, behaving in ways which are responsible to people and the environment were seen as costs for the business rather than a source of profit.”

Share ways you have made changes towards a more sustainable world, or how you'd like to make a difference if you could. Share any idea - no matter how large or small - that others may mimic to bring positive change! These are ideas worth sharing! Also see Ray's TED talk listed here. Ray made great contributions to the world and will be missed by many. Thank you, Ray!


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