You sound as if you think corporate profits are a bad thing. I know that without them you'd have no corporations. Why would anyone start or invest in a company unless they thought the corporation was going to be profitable.
Take away profits and see how long Simms or Sage will stay around.
There may not be any shortage of gold or copper but if we don't continue to start new mines there will be shortages.
Tiffany and Co. thinks the mine in Alaska is bad. How about all the mines in India and China. The 2 biggest producers of Gold. Are they OK? Do we only care about our own back yard? If Tiffany really cared they would stop selling Gold Items. Its all a PR
Like I said before, it all comes down to consumption, start living a simpler life. Less of everything. But that goes against human nature. We always want more.
More efficient, clean, and sustainable is not always one and the same. Usually Clean and sustainable are not efficient. Look at power production. Wind and solar are clean and sustainable but not very efficient. If we use just wind and solar get ready to have wind and solar farms all over the countryside. Wind farms aren't even that clean. They kill lots of wildlife. The solution is use less.
Eventually what I think will happen is our society will have do with less because of government intrusion. Costs will go up and we won't be able to afford what we once did. Our standard of living will decline. Maybe its a good thing in the end, we can debate that till the cows come home.