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Seven companies drop ‘misleading’ SFI eco-label

March 28th, 2011

SFI's label called into question.

Seven companies, including four from the Fortune 500, have agreed to stop using the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) ‘eco-label’ on branded paper products or company publications, according to the nonprofit group ForestEthics. Aetna, Allstate, Garnet Hill, Office Depot, Performance Bicycles, Symantec and United Stationers each made separate commitments or took actions.

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Banks plant trees for customers who opt out of paper statements

August 25th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

There’s a nice symmetry to this green trend that’s taken root among financial institutions. Aware that their paper-spewing tendencies carry a high carbon price (not to mention their actual price), many banks and credit companies are planting trees for customers who agree to forgo paper statements.

The latest to announce such a tree-planting project is the Kinecta Federal Credit Union in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Kinecta will make a donation to plant a tree in the Brazilian Rain Forest for every customer who converts to electronic statements between now and Sept. 30.

“Our intention is not only to show our commitment to being a green organization, but also to motivate our members to consider the positive global impact even the smallest decision can have,” said Shannon Doiron, Director of Marketing & eCommerce in a news release. “Collectively, credit union members can make a tremendous difference simply by opting out of paper statements.”

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Insurance: Make sure you’re covered by green

April 14th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Now you can locate environmentally-friendly auto insurance companies using Blue Haggard, LLC’s web site EcoSmartInsurance.com. The service uses a “good, better, best” scale to help consumers find out if their current auto insurance provider is green. If not, the site offers users options to choose a greener alternative to their current provider.

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“The U.S. is behind much of the developed world in choosing eco-friendly auto insurance,” Publisher Michael O’Dell said in a statement. “So this site is a way for the nation’s green consumers to start speaking with their wallets when looking to insure a car.”

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