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Office Depot Debuts Green Products

BY CSA STAFF

Delray Beach, Fla. Office Depot announced Tuesday that it is introducing a line of environmentally preferable office supplies called “Office Depot Green.”

Touted as the first retailer in the office-supplies industry to launch a dedicated line of green products, Office Depot said its plans for the brand to include consistent and easy-to-identify packaging for consumers.

Core office supplies such as recycled paper, notebooks and file folders, as well as remanufactured ink and toner cartridges, non-toxic cleaners and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) will become part of the green line.

Office Depot Green products will be available at more than 1,200 stores nationwide and online.

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Fred Meyer, QFC to offer $4 generics

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PORTLAND, Ore. and BELLEVUE, Wash. In line with their parent company, Kroger, Fred Meyer Stores and QFC announced that they will begin offering pharmacy customers some generic drugs for $4 per prescription. The $4 generic prescriptions will be available at all QFC pharmacies in Washington and Oregon, and at all Fred Meyer pharmacies in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

The $4 price will apply to more than 300 generic drugs prescribed for 30-day supplies for commonly prescribed dosages. The program will include generic alternatives for some of the most commonly prescribed drugs used to treat conditions such as diabetes, asthma, depression, heart disease, thyroid and other health problems.

The $4 prescriptions are available in Fred Meyer and QFC pharmacies as well as through on-line and telephone orders for customers to pick up in a store.

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Wal-Mart supports sustainable cotton farmers

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart is showing its support for organic farmers by featuring t-shirts made from transitional cotton as part of its Earth Month campaign. The retailer purchased more than 12 million pounds of transitional cotton that will arrive in stores for the first time this month under its exclusive Faded Glory brand. Additional product made with transitional cotton will appear on Wal-Mart shelves in the months ahead.

“Wal-Mart’s support of transitional cotton stems from our understanding of the financial implications for farmers who adopt labor-intensive organic farming methods and complements our commitment to eco-friendly products and sustainable supplier practices,” said Kim Brandner, brand manager of sustainable products for Wal-Mart. “By doing so, we are also helping our customers live better by easily being able to include ‘eco-essentials’ on their everyday shopping list.”

Wal-Mart has purchased transitional cotton from approximately 1,000 farmers at the same premium cost of certified organic cotton, without passing along increased costs to consumers. Because this cotton is produced on fields in the process of becoming organic, chemicals may still be apparent in the soil, preventing farmers from certifying crops as organic. Farmers who have adopted organic practices typically harvest transitioning crops for up to three years. Wal-Mart’s transitional cotton commitment for product arriving in the month of April alone has saved more than six tons of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides from entering the earth.

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