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Plastic Bag Ban Pitts Manufacturers Against Grocers

Plastic bag manufactures have raised $6.1 million to overturn California’s plastic bag ban, while its supporters including Albertsons Safeway and the California Grocers Association have raised about $1.4 million. In November, California voters will decide if they want to repeal the law — the first statewide ban on single use plastic … Read more »

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Supermarkets Failing to Phase Out HFCs, Report Says

US retailers such as Walmart, Publix and Safeway are doing little to meet public commitments to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), according to an Environmental Investigation Agency report. HFCs are some of the most potent greenhouse gases, used most commonly in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Beyond the Dirty Dozen, a … Read more »


Safeway Dumps Hazardous Waste, Pays $9.87M

Safeway will pay $9.87 million to 41 California counties and cities for illegally disposing of household chemicals and medicines from more than 500 stores and distribution centers over a period of seven years. An Alameda Superior Court judge approved the settlement, which was announced this week. The settlement resolves allegations … Read more »


Shareholders Ask Safeway to Label GMOs

Safeway shareholders will urge the company to label store brand products that contain genetically modified organisms. Green Century Capital Management filed a shareholder proposal with Safeway, citing public demand for GMO labeling as a reason for Safeway to voluntarily provide this information. At Safeway’s annual meeting today consumer advocacy group … Read more »


Safeway Sources More than Half of Seafood Sustainability

Safeway continues to make progress in sourcing seafood sustainably, surpassing the 51 percent milestone toward having all fresh and frozen seafood responsibly caught or farmed by the end of 2015, according to the company’s 2013 sustainability report. Also in 2013, Safeway achieved no. 2 ranking on Greenpeace’s sustainable seafood retail … Read more »


Mondelez Asked to Ban Unrecyclable Packaging

A proposal to Mondelez International from As You Sow asking the snack food company to phase out unrecyclable packaging received 28.4 percent shareholder support representing $11.8 billion worth of shares at the food manufacturer’s annual meeting. Mondelez produces brands such as Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Trident gum, and Philadelphia cream cheese. … Read more »

Whole Foods, Safeway Top Sustainable Seafood Ranking

Whole Foods, Safeway Top Sustainable Seafood Ranking

Whole Foods and Safeway top Greenpeace’s annual ranking of supermarkets’ sustainable seafood policies. Four supermarkets — Roundy’s, Bi-Lo, Save Mart and Publix — failed altogether, according to the 2014 Carting Away the Oceans (CATO). Kroger, the fifth biggest food retailer in the world, was dinged for selling the most “red … 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 »


Safeway Pays $600,000, Agrees to GHG Cuts in 659 Stores

Safeway has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration equipment at 659 of its stores nationwide as part of a settlement involving the largest number of facilities ever under the federal Clean Air Act’s regulations governing refrigeration equipment. Safeway’s emissions reduction plan is … Read more »

Sea Pact

Seafood Industry Forms Sustainable Fishing Coalition

Albion Fisheries, Santa Monica Seafood, Seattle Fish Co. and other major seafood companies have formed Sea Pact, an industry coalition to advance environmentally sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices. The members say they’ll help build a long-term sustainable seafood industry by financially contributing to improve the fishing and fish farming systems … Read more »

Whole Foods, Safeway, Trader Joe’s Top Sustainable Seafood List

Whole Foods, Safeway, Trader Joe’s Top Sustainable Seafood List

Whole Foods, Safeway and Trader Joe’s are the only three grocery chains to earn a green rating in Greenpeace’s annual report evaluating and ranking supermarkets on their sustainable seafood policies. The grocery chains earned scores of 7.3, 7.1 and seven, respectively, in the scorecard, which has been released each year … Read more »

Grocery Delivery Services Cut CO2 Emissions Up To 75%

Grocery Delivery Services Cut CO2 Emissions Up To 75%

Grocery deliver services — such as those offered by Amazon, Safeway, FreshDirect and Google — can cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 to 75 percent compared with individual household trips to the store, according to University of Washington researchers. The study, published in the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, … Read more »

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