Minding Your Business (Hardcover)

Profits that Restore the Planet

By Horst M. Rechelbacher

Earth Aware Editions, 9781601090126, 164pp.

Publication Date: July 28, 2008

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Description

In the 21st century new ways of doing business have to be found. Against what has been customary logic in the business world, Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients founder Horst M. Rechelbacher contends that the biggest business opportunities for this century will come from practicing environmentally sound, sustainable business. By creating a merger between self, community, and environment, we will become “eco-preneurs”, reaping the rewards of a healthy abundance and ushering in a new age of enlightened capitalism. Based on his experience as a highly successful entrepreneur and environmentalist, Horst M. Rechelbacher’s Minding Your Business is a profound and poetic manifesto for social responsibility in business. In his emphasis on sustainable agriculture and indigenous products, Rechelbacher is the leading international voice in the urgent and long-overdue crusade for phasing out the multiplicity of toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products in favor of organic materials. This further emphasizes Rechelbacher’s wise and scientifically indisputable warning “Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth.”


About the Author

Horst M. Rechelbacher is an active environmentalist, innovative business leader, author, artist, and organic farmer. In 1978, Horst founded Aveda Corporation, a global plant-based cosmetic company. Nearly two decades later, he sold Aveda to Estée Lauder but remained a consultant until March 2003. Since then, he has focused on his new product paradigm, Intelligent Nutrients, a health and beauty product company, utilizing 100 percent food-based and organic certified ingredients. Vanity Fair voted Horst one of the most influential environmentalists in the U.S. in 1995 and again in 2005. Horst is one of the three original founders of Business for Social Responsibility, which promotes the idea that businesses have the greatest responsibility and opportunity to provide sustainability to all living species. In 2007, he received the Rachel Carson Award for a Lifetime Commitment to Environmental Ethics & Integrity. Horst is also the founder and chairman of the Horst M. Rechelbacher Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to social and environmental preservation projects that operate on a grass-roots level. Horst has authored three other books: Rejuvenation, Aveda Rituals, and Alivelihood. Horst currently resides in Wisconsin and New York City. His organic farm in Wisconsin is solar, wind and geothermal powered, and he grows plant ingredients for Intelligent Nutrients products.


Praise For Minding Your Business: Profits that Restore the Planet

I am asked over and over again to introduce books on sustainability and enterprise. This is the first time I said yes because there is knowledge and integrity in this book that measure up to the subject at hand: our destiny, our fate, depending on which path we choose.”

- Paul Hawken
From the Foreword

In his brilliant book, Minding Your Business, Horst shines a bright light on the path to enlightened capitalism’ and paves the way for a new humane, ethical, and sustainable model of business and success. It is essential reading for visionary entrepreneurs and corporations who want to create success while making a difference in the world. Horst is paving the way for what in the future will be wisdom-based economies in a wisdom based, sustainable, just and peaceful culture focused on the well-being of all.”

- Deepak Chopra
Author, Third Jesus: A Christ We Cannot Ignore and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

With so much wisdom and striking simplicity, Minding Your Business will become one of the most important books of the year.”

- Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition,
Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health University of Illinois at Chicago