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Publix Reduces Bag Usage by 1 Billion in Three Years

Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix has reduced by1 billion the number of plastic and paper bag usage in its stores since 2007 when it spearheaded its eco-initiative.The grocer has emphasized the importance of sustainability by training front service clerks and cashiers to increase the number of items per b Read More...

Green Retail Decisions Launched to Serve Retailer Information Needs on Sustainable Business Practices

NEW YORK -- In response to the growing Green Retail movement, Green Retail Decisions announced its debut today as the first information resource exclusively devoted to Green Retail.John FaillaThe mission of Green Retail Decisions (www.greenretaildecisions.com) is to advance best practices in sustain Read More...

Lowe's Opens Recycling Centers in U.S. Stores

Lowe's new recycling centers in 1,700 stores across the country allow customers to recycle rechargeable batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), cell phones and plastic shopping bags in one centralized location.The bins can be found near the entrance of the stores and accept any expired, u Read More...

GNC Implements Conservation Initiatives

GNC is taking some of its first green steps, scaling back energy usage at its headquarters and company-operated stores to finding innovative ways to reduce paper waste.The company has also eliminated the use of Styrofoam cups and has allocated space in the lobby of its Pittsburgh headquarters for bi Read More...

East Coast Walmart Stores Collect Trash for TerraCycle Production

All items that TerraCycle accepts to upcycle into new products will now be collected at five Walmart stores on the East Coast, the first retail outlets to test the new collection system, according to Green Biz.All told, the new collection system will accept 28 types of trash that can’t be recy Read More...

Walmart Converts Plastic Bags into Eco-Friendly Pet Products

With the help of Worldwise Inc., Walmart is making eco-friendly pet products with plastic bags, bottles, cardboard and old hangars recycled from store waste.Walmart provides Worldwise with recyclable waste materials that are then turned into a variety of pet products for sale at Walmart, starting th Read More...

Starbucks Tests Cup Recycling Program in New York City

Starbucks is testing a recycling program in New York City that, if successful, could divert the 3 billion cups the company sells annually from landfills.Eighty-six Starbucks stores in New York City will provide customers with in-store recycling bins for cups, which will then be sent for recycling. T Read More...

Marks & Spencer Reaches 92 Percent Recycling

Marks & Spencer reports that it has achieved a 92 percent recycling rate for operational waste in the chain's stores, administrative offices and distribution centers in the U.K. and has completed nearly 40 percent of the objectives it laid out in the first phase of its sustainability plan.The co Read More...

Harris Teeter Makes it Easy for Schools to Recycle and Earn Cash

This holiday season, Harris Teeter Together in Education is encouraging schools to go green and earn money by launching a recycling fundraising program through Engaged Recycling.In April 2010, the Charlotte, N.C.-based grocer partnered with Engaged Recycling to promote a sustainable future while sup Read More...

Two Albertsons Stores Achieve Zero Waste

Using innovative recycling, food donation, organic composting and other tools to divert non-contaminated waste from landfills, two Albertsons stores in Santa Barbara, Calif., have achieved zero waste classification in their daily operations.The two stores now divert all non-contaminated waste from l Read More...

Italy Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Italy has voted to ban non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags form all retail outlets, although stores will be allowed to use their current stock as long tas hey are issued to customers free of charge.The ban went into effect at the first of the year. According to a recent Deutsche Welle’s re Read More...

Sustainability Key to Efficient and Profitable Walmart Latin America Growth

Walmart is using the company’s expertise in sustainability as a means for managing costs and promoting profitable growth, Walmart Latin America CEO Eduardo Solórzano explained during a speech at the annual “Outlook of the Americas” luncheon of the Association of American Cha Read More...

Kmart Offers Paperless Receipts

Customer can receive their Kmart receipts via email through its new paperless receipt option through its reward card.By signing up for the My Rewards programs, customers can opt-in to the new paperless receipt programs, according to a report in the Detroit Examiner.Of course, the program is really o Read More...

CPGs Will Eliminate Four Billion Pounds of Packaging

Food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers anticipate that they will eliminate four billion pounds of packaging waste nationwide from 2005-2020, according to new research by The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)More than 1.5 billion pounds have been avoided since 2005, and another 2.5 Read More...

Paperless Receipts Grow in Popularity

As many retailers prepare to accept mobile payment for merchandise and services, many are paving the way by offering customers paperless receipt options.Whole Foods, Apple, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Best Buy and Container Store are some of the cutting edge retailers offering paperl Read More...

Office Depot Sponsors National Green Business Challenge

Office Depot is partnering with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA to launch the 2011 Green Business Challenge.The program seeks to engage local property managers and tenants in a friendly competition to save energy, reduce waste and water consumption, procure greener products, and imple Read More...

Walmart Posts Water and Waste Reductions, Lagging on Carbon Goal

...tage of waste redirected or reduced in 2005.“When our waste-reduction goals were set in 2005, we quickly realized that our previous waste-management tracking system was insufficient to accurately measure and manage our waste stream,” the report said. “Since setting the goal, we hav Read More...

Retail Waste Reduction Made Easy

By Jesse LaRoseEditor’s Note: This is the first of an article series by expert guest columnist Jesse LaRose, which will direct retailers to a variety of free resources to help execute waste management, energy management, as well as green merchandising and logistics programs. This article and a Read More...

Retail Waste Reduction Made Easy (Part 2: Implementation)

By Jesse LaRoseEditor’s Note: Last week’s column outlined the various free resources available to retailers to effectively develop world-class waste reduction programs. This article focuses on how to conduct waste audits, procure vendors and implement the program.So by now, you’ve Read More...

Office Depot's GreenerOffice Program Replaces Cardboard Boxes with Paper Bags

Office Depot has launched a nationwide GreenerOffice Delivery Service where customers can now receive their supplies in paper bags instead of cardboard boxes, eliminating the need for upwards of 5 million cardboard boxes over the next 12 months.Over the next year, the program is expected to replace Read More...

Walmart Canada Embraces Aggressive Sustainability Projects

By Maureen AzzatoEditor’s Note: Stay tuned next week for our exclusive executive interview with David Cheesewright.David CheesewrightAsk the president and CEO of Walmart Canada what he is most proud of from a sustainability standpoint and he will rattle off an impressive list of accomplishment Read More...

Safeway Expands Reusable Product Container Usage to Produce

Safeway Inc. has transitioned to using reusable product containers (RPCs), instead of corrugated boxes, to ship many types of produce from the farm fields, through the distribution network to the stores.The transition eliminates the use of more than 17 million pounds of corrugated boxes, the company Read More...

Target Reduces GHG Emissions by 5 Percent Over 2007 Levels

Target has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent since 2007 measured on a square foot, and 3 percent measured per million dollars of retail sales, according to the retailer’s recently released sustainability report.These declines place the company squarely on track to meet its 10 Read More...

Hormel Foods Reduced Packaging by 21.8 Million Pounds

Hormel Foods Corp. surpassed its packaging minimization and water consumption goals as part of its five-year plan, but missed its energy reduction goal and greenhouse gas emissions goal.“The last five years have been rewarding, as we achieved significant reductions on several key sustainabilit Read More...

Darden Restaurants Reach Water Reduction Goals Four Years Early

In its second annual sustainability report, Darden Restaurants reported it has made progress in all goal areas across its more than 1,900 restaurants.Most notably, the company exceeded its 2015 goal of reducing water consumption in each of its restaurants by 15 percent on aggregate and is more than Read More...

U.K.'s Co-operative Announces Water and Waste Targets

The United Kingdom’s Co-operative Group grocery chain has pledged to reduce water consumption across its operations by 30 percent by 2014 compared to 2006 levels.These new goals were announced as part of the grocery chain’s Ethical Plan. Since 2008, the retailer said it has reduced water Read More...

Molson Coors Reduced Carbon Emissions 25 Percent

Molson Coors Brewing Company achieved a 24 percent improvement in carbon emissions intensity since 2008, and achieved zero waste to landfill in its U.K.-based operations, according to its newly released sustainability report.The company’s carbon emissions intensity improvement is equivalent to Read More...

Sainsbury's Supports Coca-Cola's Waste Reduction Campaign

The ‘Don’t Waste. Create’ campaign will encourage consumers to use their waste packaging at home in a fun and useful way, while also pledging to recycle.Launched last week, the campaign will initially run for six weeks online on Sainsbury’s website and link to the ‘Don& Read More...

MillerCoors Sets New Record for Water Conservation

...a, Wyoming and Colorado.The report also details MillerCoors waste-reduction efforts. In June, the Golden, Colo., brewery announced that through employee-driven efforts it achieved zero waste to landfill status, meaning it eliminated more than 135 tons of waste per month that was previously sent to l Read More...

Kohl's Only Retailer to Win EPA's WasteWise Award

Kohl’s, which recycles 83 percent of its waste, is the partner of the year for the EPA’s WasteWise program in the very large business category.The only other retailer recognized in the programs with year is Sears, which was given partner of the year honorable mention in the very large bu Read More...

SC Johnson Cuts Manufacturing Waste and Boosts Renewable Energy Use

SC Johnson has reduced its global manufacturing waste by 62 percent and increased its use of renewable energy to 30 percent, according to the company’s newly released sustainability report.It has also reports it has develop innovative products that use fewer resources and require less packagin Read More...

P&G Reports Reductions in Waste, Water, Carbon and Energy

Procter & Gamble Company reported absolute reductions in waste, water, carbon and energy – all – four of the company’s major manufacturing footprints – in its newly released annual sustainability report.Since 2010, P&G has reduced manufacturing waste by 56 percent per Read More...

Carrefour Focuses on Reducing Waste and Optimizing Recycling

The goal is to reduce waste and preserve natural resources by more responsibly managing the waste it generates. To fully support the initiative, the French retailer has “adopted a structured management system for the waste it generates and implemented schemes whereby it can be recycled in all Read More...

JCPenney on Track to Hit Energy Reduction Goal

At the end of calendar year 2012, JCPenney had achieved a 16.5 percent energy reduction against a 2008 baseline, and is on track to meet its 20 percent goal by 2015, according to the company’s newly released sustainability report."JCPenney has recently experienced a time of transition and chan Read More...

M&S Becomes First Retailer to Receive Carbon Trust Triple Award

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first retailer to receive the triple award of certification for achievements in carbon, water and waste reduction from Carbon Trust.The Carbon Trust Standards are independent certifications that recognize organizations that successfully measure, manage an Read More...

SC Johnson on Track to Cut Manufacturing Waste by 70 Percent by 2016

SC Johnson achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status at its eighth global manufacturing facility, on target to reach goal of reducing its global manufacturing waste by 70 percent by 2016.From 2000-2012, the company reduced its global manufacturing waste by 62 percent as a ratio to production, the compa Read More...

Lowe's Unveils First Public Sustainability Goals

Lowe’s has outlined its first set of public sustainability goals, which establish the home improvement chain’s new targets for energy use, carbon emissions and waste management for the year 2020.Measured against a 2010 baseline, the following are Lowe’s stated goals in its recently Read More...

Ahold Makes DJSI World List for Sixth Consecutive Year

For the sixth consecutive year Ahold has made the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World list, affirming its position as a responsible retailer.Based in the Netherlands, Ahold scored an average of 75 out of 100 in the Food & Staples Retailing sector in 2014, improving on last year’s Read More...

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