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Business and the Environment

Patenting the Environment, for good.

Came across this article this morning about Amazon patenting a new shipping process that will give customers information about the environmental  impact of shipping their order.  The hope is that customers will chose to wait longer for their packages if it means cutting down on the carbon released from shipping them overnight.

Looking forward to seeing how this one unfolds.  But, I’m also a bit leery about Amazon’s patent on the process. Maybe we should all share this kind of technology and not have to wait until the patent expires for every company to use this method.  On the other hand, perhaps Amazon can not be greedy and allow other companies to use the rights to the process if they pay homage to Amazon.

Either way, the impact of this project would make a great research project.


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