Innovative Iceland

Andrew Evans of National Geographic Traveler recently tweeted a very interesting fact about an Icelandic city as follows: “All houses in #Reykjavík are heated w/ geothermal energy (hot water flowing thru pipes). Means this is one of the cleanest cities on Earth.” As a sustainable travel enthusiast, it immediately caught my interest. I thought, what’s a better place to plan for a green incentive trip? Talk about off the beaten path…

A large portion of Iceland is sourced by renewable energy, making it one of the greenest locations worldwide to visit. In fact, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability notes how “Reykjavík is home to the largest geothermal heating system in the world.” Impressive, huh? On top of this accomplishment, the energy that isn’t geothermal is hydropower. This city ultimately screams sustainable living, which is why it’s the perfect destination for your next eco-minded incentive adventure.

A quiet island with a breathtaking environment that boasts an entirely efficient way of living; what are you waiting for? Iceland isn’t necessarily the first place that comes to mind, but it certainly is worth considering.

SustainU Promotes Social Responsibility Through Clothing Production and Unique Partnerships [Corporate Conscious Wednesday]


SustainU is a collegiate clothing company that works to provide jobs and make a positive ecological impact on the world. All of the clothing produced by SustainU is manufactured in the U.S. If that fact doesn’t strike you, check out this statistic: Only 2% of clothing purchased in the United States is actually manufactured in the United States!

As their name suggests, SustainU values their efforts to promote sustainable methods of clothing production. They are reducing their environmental impact daily by producing clothing made of 100% recycled materials and keeping cross-country travel at a minimum, reducing fuel emissions.

While SustainU cares about their personal impact on the world, they also bring attention to important issues outside of themselves, which affect the larger population. The SustainU blog features stories related to worldwide labor concerns, the ecological movement, and how we can change to better ourselves and the world. By sharing this kind of information, SustainU proves that it believes in the worldwide sustainable movement beyond their own ecological efforts, which is both honorable and unexpected.

SustainU has a really great business model, but what makes them most unique is their partnership with Industries for the Blind. We already knew that SustainU worked to create jobs in the U.S. and reduce labor demand overseas, but their commitment to providing opportunities for blind employees makes their mission all the more important.

Chris Yura, SustainU’s Founder and CEO, describes, “You would never know whether the person who made the garment had full vision capability or not. It all looks the same.” To be honest, I think that is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard.