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Whole Foods Market launches seafood rating system

September 20th, 2010

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Whole Foods Market has launched the first in-store color-coded sustainability-rating program for wild-caught seafood and announced it will phase out all red-rated species by Earth Day 2013. The partnership with Blue Ocean Institute and Monterey Bay Aquarium makes Whole Foods Market the first national grocer to provide a comprehensive sustainability rating system for wild-caught seafood.

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Whole Foods Market launching wine cork recycling program

April 6th, 2010

From Green right Now Reports

Whole Foods Market is starting a wine cork recycling program to make it easy for wine enthusiasts to properly dispose of corks. The company said it will accept natural wine corks at all of its 292 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Austin-based Whole Foods Market is partnering with Cork ReHarvest to help collect and recycle the corks.

There are about 13 billion natural corks produced each year. The Mediterranean oak forests that supply cork support one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity and the second-highest number of plant species in the world. Whole foods said that no trees are cut down during cork extraction — instead, bark is hand-harvested every 9 to 12 years.

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It’s a small gourd, after all: Fall’s zany array of mini-ornamentals

October 21st, 2009

By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now

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Ornamental gourds (Photo: Cooksgarden.com)

If you’ve cruised the produce section at the grocery lately, you probably stopped to eye the small, colorful, oddball gourds near the pumpkins and winter squash.

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Whole Foods Market says it now uses 100 pecent wind energy

September 15th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Whole Foods Market announced today that it purchased 776 million-kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits from wind farms — equal to 100 percent of its electricity use in its North American operations. The company said nearly 90 percent of this year’s purchase will help fund E.ON Climate & Renewables’ recently-completed Texas-based Panther Creek wind farm.

The Panther Creek wind farm iis 50 miles east of Midland in Big Spring, Texas. It began operating in 2008, and its final phase of construction was recently completed. The project is built and operated by EC&R North America, a renewable energy developer headquartered in Chicago, with development offices in Austin and Denver. The remaining RECs come from a number of different wind farms in locations across the U.S. and Canada. The total purchase of 776,115,000 kilowatt hours, the largest to date by a U.S. retailer, was made in partnership with Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy.

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Earth-friendly drinking

September 4th, 2009

If we can just remain standing long enough, Trees for the Future is on track to plant a lot of carbon-eating foliage this fall.

The non-profit is linking up with alcoholic beverage companies faster than you can say bottoms up.

First it was Trinity Oaks wine, now Finlandia Vodka has teamed with TFTF to plant one tree for each specially tagged bottle sold starting in September and continuing through November in the US.

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Bagging the bags: How I beat the plastic for a week

June 5th, 2009

By Sommer Saadi
Green Right Now

As I unloaded my groceries onto the conveyor belt, I realized I was buying more than could fit in my reusable bags.

“Can you try to fit everything in these?” I asked, handing over my assortment of canvas totes.

“I can try,” the cashier answered. “But it’s no big deal, I can just use plastic bags for whatever we can’t fit into the ones you brought.”

“Oh no,” I said. “No plastic bags. Please.”

She stared back at me. She had already stretched out a plastic bag and was ready to load.

“I have this thing,” I told her. “I just really hate plastic bags.”

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Show some enthusiasm for recycled TP

February 24th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

There’s a funny scene in the Larry David show Curb Your Enthusiasm in which Larry, and the displaced New Orleans family encamped in his house, wink and smirk over the toilet paper that his wife has installed in the bathrooms.

Being an environmentalist – as is her real life counterpart Laurie David – Cheryl David had outfitted the water closets with recycled TP. The running joke was that everyone had noticed the difference. And they weren’t in love with the experience.

Such is the reputation of recycled TP. Although, it seems as though I have successfully slipped it by my family. Has it gotten better (I think it has)? Or are they smirking behind my back? Probably a bit of both. I don’t really know, and it doesn’t matter because we won’t be returning to conventional stuff.

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