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Retailers Make ‘Minimal Progress’ on Carbon Targets

Retailers such as Carrefour, Costco, Ikea, Tesco and Walmart should aim for more comprehensive carbon disclosures and collaborate to define meaningful GHG emissions reduction strategies for the industry, according to Verdantix. The analysis of GHG emissions by Verdantix, Carbon Strategy Benchmark: Retail Sector, covers grocery retailers Aeon, Carrefour, Costco, John Lewis, … Read more »

Costco

Costco Settlement to Cut GHG Refrigerant Emissions

Costco will cut its greenhouse gas refrigerant emissions at more than half its stores, costing the company about $2 million over the next three years, as part of a settlement with the federal government. In addition to improving refrigerant management at 274 of its stores nationwide, Costco will also pay … Read more »

Wegmans plastic bag

First Grocer Joins How2Recycle

Wegmans Food Markets has joined the How2Recycle Label program, making it the first grocer to use the voluntary recycling label developed by GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The addition of Wegmans also pushes How2Recycle past its goal of 20 participating companies including Kellogg’s, Best Buy, Clorox, Costco, Esteé Lauder Companies Aveda … Read more »

Supermarket Chains Fail HFCs Survey

Supermarket Chains Fail HFCs Survey

Major supermarkets chains in the US including Walmart and Whole Foods continue to use hydrofluorocarbons, gaseous compounds used in refrigerants and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions more powerful than carbon dioxide, according to a survey by the Environmental Investigation Agency. The report, The Dirty Dozen: How your local … Read more »

Tyson

Shareholders to Tyson Foods: Disclose Pig Gestation Crates Risks

Tyson Foods’ shareholders have submitted a resolution asking that the meat giant disclose the financial and operational risks associated with its use of pig gestation crates. The Humane Society of the United States, investment firm Green Century Capital Management and the United Methodist Church Benefit Board jointly filed the proposal. … Read more »

Staples

Staples Recycles 350 Million Cartridges

Staples today said it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges since 2005, averaging more than 60 million cartridges per year in the past three years. Through the cartridge-recycling program, the company has recycled 182 million pounds of plastics and metals, it says. With Staples’ ink and toner cartridge … Read more »

EWSI Launches Carbon Trading Software For E-Waste Industry

E-Waste Systems is rolling out software that can identify and quantify the energy use of electronics to help companies cut energy consumption, comply with e-waste recycling rules and facilitate carbon trading. The technology brings the first public carbon credit trading ability to the e-waste industry, EWSI says. The eWaste Carbon … Read more »

Electronics Retailers Receive Fs on Recycling Report Card

Electronics Retailers Receive Fs on Recycling Report Card

Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot are the only three major electronics retailers making a serious effort to help consumers recycle their old electronic products, says a report card released yesterday by the Electronics TakeBack Coalition. While the three companies earned high marks on the report card, more than half … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: OfficeMax, Ross Lawsuits; Chinatrust; WEEE Overhaul

OfficeMax, Ross Stores and Kinwai USA are among the nine manufacturers and retailers that law firm The Chanler Group is suing under California’s Proposition 65. The group has also served more than 100 violation notices on leading furniture manufacturers and retailers, including Ashley Furniture, Best Buy, Costco, Kohl’s, Pier 1 and the TJX Companies, alleging the unlabelled use of flame retardants … Read more »

Kellogg’s Adopts How2Recycle Label

The Kellogg Company will use the How2Recycle Label as GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition begins the latest phase of its voluntary recycling label program. Starting in April, the label will appear on Kellogg’s and Kashi brand products. Kellogg’s joins 11 other major companies already using the How2Recycle Label, including Ampac, Best … Read more »

Patagonia ‘Disappointed’ not to Make Most Ethical Companies List

Patagonia — which made the World’s Most Ethical Companies list six years running before being dropped from the 2013 edition — told Environmental Leader it’s disappointed it wasn’t included and has received no response from Ethisphere about why it didn’t make the cut. When asked why Patagonia and other companies … Read more »

GE, Starbucks Make ‘Most Ethical’ List; Patagonia, Best Buy Drop Off

Patagonia and Rabobank have fallen off the World’s Most Ethical Companies list after six straight years, while General Electric, Starbucks and American Express are among the 15 organizations to make the list for seven years running. First-time recipients Visa and Sherwin-Williams also made Ethisphere’s 2013 list, which includes 138 companies, … Read more »