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Target Pledges All-Sustainable Seafood by 2015

Target has announced that it will sell only sustainable and traceable seafood in its stores by 2015, through a partnership with non-profit FishWise. The retail chain defines sustainable and traceable seafood as the sourcing of seafood products that are caught or raised in an environmentally sensitive manner and maintain the … Read more »

McDonalds to Buy Only Certified Palm Oil by 2015; Unveils Initiative for Beef, Coffee

McDonalds to Buy Only Certified Palm Oil by 2015; Unveils Initiative for Beef, Coffee

McDonald’s has committed to source only palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil by 2015, the company has announced. The goal is part of the Sustainable Land Management Commitment (SLMC), a new company initiative to require that all agricultural raw materials for food and packaging originate from … Read more »

Nestle to Spend $487M on Sustainable Coffee Supply Chain

Nestle will invest CHF 500 million (approximately $487 million) to address responsible farming, sourcing and consumption across its coffee supply chain. Nestle purchases around 780,000 tons of green coffee a year or 10 percent of the world’s supply. Nestle’s Nescafé Plan is a global initiative that builds on the CHF … Read more »

Kraft Foods Yields Big Savings from Small Environmental Changes in Global Offices

By making, in some cases, small changes to add efficiency its offices including the installation of motion-activated lighting and more efficient plumbing fixtures, and encouraging its employees to be more sustainable, Kraft Foods says it has achieved some big results around the globe. As an example, Kraft Foods’ Curitiba, Brazil, … Read more »

Holcim Claims First Solar Install at U.S. Cement Plant

Holcim’s Portland cement plant in Colorado claims to be the first in the United States to use solar power, reports Pueblo Chieftain. The installation of 528 solar panels is projected to produce about 156,201 kilowatts of power each hour, which is enough to power the administrative offices, according to the … Read more »

Survey Reveals Ethical Sales Tripled over Decade in UK

Consumer spending on “ethical” products ranging from Fairtrade goods to “green” products for the home has almost tripled in the UK in the past decade, according to the Co-operative Bank’s Ethical Consumerism Report 2009, which measures ethical spending in Britain, reports The Guardian. The report shows that the ethical market … Read more »

By Scaling Back Catalogs, JC Penney to Save 30% on Paper

J.C. Penney will cease publishing its twice-annual Big Book catalogs, instead focusing on its Christmas catalog and other niche catalogs. The move will save the retailer 25-30 percent in paper use, according to published reports. The company is not acting solely to save paper. Rather, consumers shopping on the Internet … Read more »

Dow Jones Sustainability Index Drops National Grid, SABMiller

Dow Jones Sustainability Index Drops National Grid, SABMiller

The SAM Group has released its 2009 review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, adding 33 companies to the global list of the world’s largest, most sustainable organizations, while eliminating 33 firms, for a total of 313 companies. The North American index included 26 new firms and eight deleted firms, … Read more »

Core4 Says Data Center Coolers Slash Energy, Water Costs

Making data centers more energy efficient is a daunting task for any IT department but it may be a bit easier with the next-generation data center cooling system from Core4 Systems Inc., which the company says cuts energy costs by up to 72 percent and water usage by 28 percent. … Read more »

Tesco Shifting Away from Packaging Weight Reduction Goal

Tesco Shifting Away from Packaging Weight Reduction Goal

Tesco’s new corporate responsibility report signals a change in direction for reducing the environmental impact of  packaging in its stores. In recent years the retailer has been committed to reducing packaging weight by 25 percent by 2010. The retailer has progressed enough that the UK’s Local Government Association proclaimed Tesco … Read more »

Clinton, USGBC to Promote ‘Climate Positive’ Urban Projects

The Climate Positive Development Program will try to establish real estate developments that reduce the net amount of on-site CO2 emissions to below zero. Initially, the program is focusing on 16 projects worldwide, with an emphasis on economically viable innovations in building construction, generation of clean energy, waste management, water … Read more »

Wal-Mart Wants to Eliminate All Packaging Waste by 2025

Wal-Mart wants to eliminate all waste by reducing, recycling or reusing everything that comes into its 4,100 American stores by 2025, and for Asda, its British operation, the target is 2010, reported UK Times Online. The giant retailer aims to reduce the amount of packaging in the supply chain 5 … Read more »