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Wal-Mart Measuring Pollution and cialis cheap canada Water Use of EVERYTHING

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There have been a lot of start-ups in the past decade who have hoped to measure the ecological footprint of the order tramadol with no presecription things we buy. They want to measure how much carbon-dioxide is produced, how many hazardous chemicals are created, how far products traveled, and how much water they use.

I've always been a big fan of these ideas, but they also always seemed rather uninspired and far too limited. It seemed to http://www.tevaka.com/buy-cialis-online-cheap me that there was no way to get all of click now levitra best buy this information about all of these products. And if there was, there would be no way to keep it updated and no way to keep companies from hiding things or downright lying.

Or, at least, that's what I thought. There is one organization that can control manufacturers more than any government could ever hope to. One organization that every seller in the world will say "Yes sir, we'll get that for you right away sir." And that organization is Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart is now on a mission to determine the social and environmental impact of everything they sell (which is a lot of things.) They've hired an army of people to help them do it, including several environmental groups. And, thus, they will create that universal footprint rating that well-meaning enviros have been trying (and failing) to create for decades. Or, at least, I hope they will.

Wal-Mart says they want to have the rating system finish and fully adopted in five years, by which point they also want other retailers to be using it.

A spokesperson at the Environmental Defense Fund said, "No one else could pull this off." I agree, and there you have it. A bunch of hippy enviros loving on visitkansascityks.com Wal-Mart because they're the only ones with the power to do what needs to be done. What is www.revistadeteatro.com the world coming to?

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delight surprise
written by Adriana, July 17, 2009
it certainly is, and hank... your new harry potter song is amazing
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written by Andrew, July 17, 2009
Now we just need to make sure it is a honest metric of environmental impact.
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written by Fred, July 17, 2009
hmm... wasnt walmart in trouble a few years back due to pollution, good for them
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Location weighted?
written by John Peterson, July 17, 2009
I'm sure any system they come up with will be heavily criticized for doing too little in whatever area, but location must be one of the main factors in carbon footprint impact. Will this be measured independantly, or will this be subjective based on what the buy cialis from mexico supplier wishes to share?
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written by memory foam mattress, July 18, 2009
This is pretty stunning as it will cost a huge amount of money to do this. I've sometimes wondered if Wal-Mart's recent advances toward more progressive thinking, such as beginning to sell organic food, were mostly self-serving and not necessarily 100% genuine. This one though is hard to argue against.

Also in recent news Exxon announced they are investing $600 million in biofuel technology. Progress is being made.

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written by Karen, July 21, 2009
Anything Wal-Mart does is somehow self-serving. Let the buyer beware of canadian pharmacy levitra prescription feel-good fuzzy ethics...
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Impacts more important than motives
written by Caroline, July 22, 2009
While expensive, Wal-Mart has the leverage to http://www.slic.de/buy-canada-in-levitra get suppliers to pay the cost - and will quite likely refuse to pick up any of these costs itself. They are working with Greg Norris who is http://www.supplychaincanada.com/viagra-and-women developing an open-source LCA with the intent to bring down the cost hugely. And it will be suppliers competing amongst themselves that will then drive the system to be more environmentally sound. I quite like the idea that transparency would help align market forces with the environment...
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Self-Interest Is Not Always Bad
written by Sally G, July 26, 2009
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Yes, capitalism means that companies will do what is in their own self-interest, so that if we want them to do something that provides for social goals, we must ensure that it is in their self-interest to do so. This is no different—they see the http://www.beverly.org/canadian-pharmacy-levitra interest in total footprint of a purchase, so they are providing what customers want. Laws should prevent extreme self-interest (read greed) from causing businesses to order levitra online canada cut too many corners, and consumer demand also drives companies' self-interest to better serve their customers. NO matter who foots the bill for this, ultimately consumers share in the cost to a greater or lesser degree in higher prices, but we haven't been taking into account the full cost (including environmental costs) on many products for too long. This is a step toward correcting that.
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Director of Product Development
written by Cheryl Keedy, July 28, 2009
Kudos to Walmart for taking a giant leap in the right direction - looking forward to the consumer and manufacturers getting rewards for making the 'right' decision when provided with the option of choosing/producing a product with reduced carbon footprint.
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Correct externalities and viagra ed the market saves the planet
written by Luca Masters, October 30, 2010
Wal-Mart's been pretty amazing environmentally these past few years. Their ruthless seeking of efficiency combined with the realization that environmentalism is merely the levitra pfizer online ruthful seeking of efficiency and suddenly their immense power was a force for good (in one arena). Seeing what can happen when incentives are aligned correctly warms my heart.

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