The Current

Stories that make you a more informed investor

Healthy living

Is ethical clothing really that ethical?

Bad news for shoppers. The fast fashion industry is the 2nd largest polluter in the world, after oil.

Clean water

Albemarle: h2-oh yeah!

Moving toward sustainability is the key to curbing climate change, but sometimes it can feel daunting. That’s why World Water Week is such an exciting time. It’s seven days out of the year organized to focus on the globe’s water issues. The 2017 theme of World Water Week is “water and waste: reduce and reuse,” which makes it the perfect time to spotlight our holding Albemarle Corporation. Albemarle has worked steadfastly to provide safer water through water purification while prioritizing the environment.

Portfolios

Boring, but important: retirement savings

You know what isn’t sexy? Retirement savings. You know what you’ll need to survive? Retirement savings.

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Can donations be cancelled out?

All of us have causes that we care about, and often we are so moved that we show our support financially. In fact, according to the 2016 World Giving Index, the United States is the second most generous country in the world based on charitable donations given and time spent volunteering. Fun fact: Myanmar holds the top spot and has done so for the last few years. 

Healthy living

Sprouts knows that every meal is a choice

The more we learn about nutrition, the more we recognize the importance of fresh, whole foods. At the same time, we are recognizing the effects of climate change and the ways that our food systems contribute to carbon emissions. According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), agricultural emissions have doubled in the past fifty years, and they’re still on the rise, set to increase by another 30 percent by the year 2050.

Zero waste

A brown bag lunch without the waste

Kids in the US go to school for 180 days each year. If you pack your kiddos lunch most of those days – that’s 150 lunches. Brown bagging it can often be the healthier option, and certainly the less expensive one, but what about all that waste? If you’re anything like the average packer, your lunchbox might include:

Green Tech

Energy + Water + Waste

The green building consulting firm, Verdical Group is hosting their fourth Net Zero Waste conference. Beginning on August 24th, it is said to be the largest gathering of practitioners and thought leaders in green and net zero building design in the United States. The conference theme is Energy + Water + Waste. Conference attendees will have a chance to meet leaders in the green-building space and see the latest innovations.

Portfolios

How we choose our stocks

Ever wonder how Swell chooses the stocks in its six portfolios? We get that question a lot.

Movers and Shakers

Danone gets it done

Have you ever wondered where your food really comes from? Transparency in our supply chain is a prerequisite for eating healthy. From the farm-to-table movement to organic certification, our passion for healthy alternatives has been a catalyst for transparency into our food. And, Danone, the yogurt behemoth is betting on it.

Movers and Shakers

Teaching your children about impact investing

There’s no perfect time to start teaching your kids about money, so it’s best to jump right in.

Zero waste

How remanufacturing in the auto industry minimizes waste

Even if it's a new model, your ride may be a gas guzzler. Cars unapologetically spew carbon emissions.

Movers and Shakers

Do small changes really make a difference?

After watching a shocking documentary, a few of us in the Swell office have made changes. From cutting back on animal-based proteins to cutting out dairy altogether, we’re trying our best to do our part. It’s easy to feel good about making healthy changes, but one can’t help but wonder – does it really make any difference in the world.

Movers and Shakers

Greenwashing: What it is and what you can do

A hypothetical (but likely) scenario: You’re perusing the aisles at your favorite natural foods store. After poking around in the cleaning goods section, you pick up a bottle of multi-purpose cleaner from the shelf.

Movers and Shakers

Zero waste challenge

As we make our way through our day, we each generate an average of 4½ pounds of garbage.

Movers and Shakers

Don't panic when the markets are down

Buy low, sell high: That’s the adage that we all know well.

Movers and Shakers

Stocks vs mutual funds

One of the questions we get asked a lot here is “Is Swell a fund?” Nope! Not even a little bit.

Movers and Shakers

Is the healthcare system ready for Gen X?

Leonardo DiCaprio, Snoop Dogg, and Elon Musk are getting older.

Movers and Shakers

Can Fitbit data help you catch more zzz's?

Data empowers Fitbit users to take control of their quality of life. 

The Stack Up

3 little ways climate will change your everyday life

So often when we speak about climate change, it’s in a far off, abstract way.

Movers and Shakers

The water pump that's changing the world

  Small-crop farmers finally have a solution to their most pressing issue: Water. 

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WTF does all this mean?



Figuring out all the abbreviations used when discussing impact investing can be tough. Here's a handy guide.

AYS: As You Sow

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The sunshine state goes solar

Thanks to America’s largest dedicated residential solar energy services company, Sunrun, Inc., more Florida homeowners can access a cheaper, cleaner way to power their homes.

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What foods we waste the most of and how to stop

No one leaves the grocery store and thinks, “Boy, I can’t wait to throw away almost half this food!” Yet that’s what US households do every year – but why? Improper planning, confusion over sell-by dates, and the preference for beautiful produce all play a part.