Recycling conserves energy and resources. We presently have investments
in recycling paper. We seek out other recycling investments such
as steel and aluminum. Market
changes affect recycling opportunities. From time to time we have
invested in recycling plastics, metals, paper and cardboard.
Concern for preserving timberlands and endangered species has reduced timber
harvests. Companies in which we seek investment produce paper boxes by recycling
the “urban forest” of waste paper.
We invest in companies that focus on healthy food with concern for
organically grown and pesticide-free products. Producers, distributors
and retailers in this industry are currently prospering. However,
many of the products cost more so the growth may not survive a
When we find suitable opportunities, we invest in railroads, bicycles,
canoes and kayaks which reduce pollution and save energy.
We invest in water companies with good records. We also invest in
companies that provide filtration of water.
investments in companies that clean the exhaust of vehicles, such
as catalytic converters. Presently it is difficult to find companies
that build and install utility and industrial apparatus. The current
administration has not done much to require such equipment.
Natural gas is the cleanest hydrocarbon fuel. It is also
the most promising current source of hydrogen for fuel cells.
We invest in natural gas utilities, which are mostly
stable and dividend paying. Many of our natural gas investments support
cogeneration and fuel cells.