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Tweet   Wal-Mart has just pled guilty in court cases in California and Missouri related to the dumping of toxic chemicals and the improper disposal of pesticides.  The mega-corporation has agreed to pay over eighty-one million dollars in penalties.  It’s a meaningful sum, but also a drop in the bucket for a business that takes [...]

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Tweet   It seems that cell phone carriers may be moving away from the practice of locking customers into long contracts whenever they purchase a new handset.  T-Mobile has had initial success with its no-contract plans, which it announced in March, shortly before it started carrying the iPhone.  Industry analysts seem to think that this [...]

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Tweet If you live in the ever-expanding territory of the café and bakeshop franchise Tim Hortons, you probably know that it began its annual “Roll Up the Rim to Win” giveaway contest last week.  The annual contest allows customers to win millions of free coffees and donuts, as well as grand prizes which this year [...]

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Tweet   Starbucks has recently announced plans to open new stores and replace some existing ones with what is being touted as a “green” model of building design, which dispenses with tables and chairs and leaves just enough space for workers, equipment, and drive-thru and walk-up windows.  I would like to know who gave the [...]

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Tweet Consumers flex their power to go green with their own green.  A company’s ability to offer eco-friendly products to a public wanting to do good by Mother Earth can help its image and its bottom line.  And while some claims of eco-friendly do-goodness may be dubious (it’s always smart to check labels and question [...]

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Tweet In the face of consumerism, it can be difficult to live a green lifestyle.  Choosing alternative and organic fabrics keeps toxins out of our air and water but finding stylish and affordable options can prove difficult in the giant maze of the fashion industry.  (Style and convenience are available though at the Green Earth [...]

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Tweet If we can celebrate Labor Day with appliance sales and commemorate Memorial Day by purchasing mattresses at incredibly low prices, then surely it makes sense shop green in honor of Earth Day. Bamboo clothing offers a sustainable fabric option for eco-conscious shoppers.  Viscose from bamboo is harvested from the quickly growing bamboo plant growing [...]

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Tweet Any time I find myself doubting that American society is capable of changing for the better, all I need to do is walk into a McDonald’s restaurant.  When I was a child, McDonald’s was a place that you dropped into when you had little money and needed to mindlessly scarf down a burger and [...]

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Tweet Fashion hurts.  Or at least it does in the mind of some.  Too often the expectation is that we should force ourselves into skinny jeans, pencil skirts, binding shirts and all for the sake of looking good.  (Don’t get me started on high heels.)  Maybe it’s because I’ve spent the week swathed in comfortable [...]

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Tweet Too often the thought of eco-friendly clothing conjures up images of severe trousers, ill-fitting shirts and garments nothing short of a burlap sack.  Thankfully for shoppers and Mother Earth alike, that is not the case.  Eco-friendly garments are available in modern styles, trendy colors and flattering fits. Even if you haven’t read your Guide [...]

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Tweet An informed consumer is a true friend of the environment.  But with the amount of information floating around both on the internet and through word-of-mouth, those wanting to make smart choices can easily be overwhelmed and misled.  Thankfully, a new guide is on the market to help!  Calling itself the “ultimate eco-fiber reference guide [...]

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Tweet I must say, every time I hear about some sort of frighteningly insane stampede at an American retail outlet, I bury my head deep in my hands, ashamed for the culture that I inhabit.  I think we would all do well to remember that Black Friday sales have killed people.  Despite that, retailers seem [...]

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Tweet There are small companies nationwide looking to not only make a profit but to help make the world a greener place.  And while branding plays a large part in what consumers see as green, let’s reflect on companies whose actions speak louder than words.  Not to toot our own horn (or at least not [...]

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Tweet  “I would buy you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils:” One of my favorite lines from a slightly-cheesy movie, You’ve Got Mail, because it highlights what used to be one of my favorite times of year.  Yes, as a very nerdy child, the end of summer brought a slight sense of sadness but also [...]

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Tweet As public awareness of environmental issues and eco-friendly living grows, promoting a green image is increasingly profitable for large businesses.  Unfortunately, the same cannot necessarily be said of promoting an actual green planet.  Numerous multi-national corporations seem to have PR departments slapping environmentally-friendly symbols on the company wherever possible, but hybrid and electric cars [...]

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Tweet There’s a multi-million dollar industry built around organic body products.  We Americans spend a great deal of time making sure that we stock our bathroom shelves with all-natural ingredients, determined not to put chemicals into our follicles and pores.  But that seems slightly counter-productive when you consider that a chemical-laden culprit may be hanging [...]

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Tweet Maybe it’s the heat (a sweltering 110 yesterday) or maybe it’s my eternal sweet tooth but all I have thought about this week is ice cream!  And while it may be hard to take environmental-friendliness into account when staring at the frosty glass in the ice cream aisle drooling over everything from Mocha Almond [...]

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Tweet Trader Joe’s has come under fire recently over accusations that the trendy grocery store is habitually wasting food.  The chorus of public outcry from a recent documentary film showing workers dumping large quantities of salvageable food into dumpsters.  I must say, I feel for the big company in this case, not because I would [...]

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