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Walgreen’s Navigates National Waste Regulations: Q&A with Senior VP Rick Gates

Walgreen’s Navigates National Waste Regulations: Q&A with Senior VP Rick Gates

Rick Gates, senior vice president of pharmacy and healthcare at Walgreens, discusses the evolution of the retailer’s safe medication disposal program.

Walgreens Reduces Carbon Footprint 6.5% in 2017

Walgreens Reduces Carbon Footprint 6.5% in 2017

Walgreens Boots Alliance, the holding company that owns Walgreens, Boots, and a number of pharmaceutical companies, announced that in 2017, it decreased its total carbon footprint by 6.5% from the previous year through energy efficiency programs and projects. It also announced that during fiscal 2017 Boots UK achieved its CO2 reduction … Read more »

Walmart Foundation, Target, US Chamber Foundation to Launch Circular Economy Pilot

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with Resource Recycling Systems, Walmart, Target, Walgreens and Republic Services will launch a circular economy pilot project in January.

Hazardous Chemicals Found in Halloween Supplies

Target, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Party City and Walgreens are among the retailers whose Halloween costumes and party supplies contain hazardous chemicals, according to a study by the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org project. The project tested 106 Halloween related products, including costumes, accessories, decorations and party favors, and found chemicals that are … Read more »


Walmart, Target Partner on Product Sustainability

Walmart and Target have teamed up to improve sustainability in the personal care and beauty industry. The two companies, along with nonprofit Forum for the Future, last week co-hosted the Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Summit in Chicago. Representatives from suppliers including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Estee Lauder and L’Oreal … Read more »

University-Themed Products Might Contain Hazardous Chemicals

That March Madness shirt or trinket you’re displaying might contain chemicals already banned in other consumer products, according to a new report. A new study found that 7 in 10 (71 percent) of university-themed products sold at top retailers contain one or more hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine … Read more »

Study Finds Hazardous Chemicals in Holiday Garlands

Beaded holiday garlands from CVS, Walgreens, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target and Walmart contain hazardous chemicals, according to research by the Ecology Center. The Ann Arbor-based nonprofit tested 106 beaded products, including 19 beaded holiday garlands from the six national retailers as well as 87 previously used Mardi Gras beads from … Read more »

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Major Retailers Sell Carcinogenic Shampoos, Lawsuit Claims

Nearly 100 shampoos and personal care products made by Colgate Palmolive, Colomer, Paul Mitchell and numerous other manufacturers allegedly contain a cancer-causing chemical, according to test results released by the Center for Environmental Health. The Oakland, Calif.-based group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Walgreens, Lake Consumer Products, Vogue International and … Read more »

Walgreens Builds Net Zero Energy Store

Walgreens plans to build what it believes will be the nation’s first net zero energy retail store, producing energy equal to or greater than it consumes. Walgreens plans to achieve that by utilizing solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal technology, energy-efficient building materials, LED lighting and ultra-high-efficiency refrigeration. Read more at … Read more »

Whole Foods Tops Green Cosmetics Retailer Ranking

Whole Foods Tops Green Cosmetics Retailer Ranking

Whole Foods Market has been named the leading major retailer of non-toxic cosmetics in a report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The grocery chain scored nine out of a possible ten “kisses” in Retailer Therapy: Ranking Retailers on Their Commitment to Cosmetics Safety, which investigated cosmetics for sale at … Read more »

Walgreens Launches Green Products Brand

Walgreens has launched Ology, its own private-label brand featuring a wide range of household and personal care products marketed as environmentally friendly. The brand features bath and facial tissue, paper towels, copy paper, fluorescent light bulbs, laundry detergent, baby care products, householder cleaners and personal care items, such as adult … Read more »

CA Cities, Counties Join Walgreens Lawsuit

California prosecutors from at least 36 counties and two cities have asked a judge to force Walgreen Co. to comply with state environmental laws against dumping hazardous waste, according to news reports. The Aug. 6 motion follows a lawsuit filed in June in Alameda County Superior Court that says Walgreens … Read more »

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