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Wal-Mart to Cut Plastic-Bag Waste by 33%

BY CSA STAFF

New York City Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to slash its global plastic shopping-bag waste by 33% over the next five years, eliminating more than 135 million lbs. of trash, according to the Associated Press.

If the plan succeeds, the company would cut the equivalent of 9 billion plastic bags from stores each year.

The effort was announced Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York and includes a plan to encourage customers to use reusable shopping sacks—including a line of bags that will be available in U.S. stores in October for 50? each—while offering recycling services for the plastic bags already used by customers.

Environmentalists said if the retailer can trim its plastic-bag usage, the action would reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 290,000 metric tons each year, roughly the equivalent of removing 53,000 cars from the road each year.

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Report: Marketside to open on Oct. 4

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PHOENIX According to reports, Wal-Mart will open its Marketside stores in the Phoenix area on Oct. 4.

Finishing touches were added to the four stores in the Phoenix area with signs announcing the opening date, which is less than a year after Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores arrived in the Southwest.

In signs announcing the opening, no mention of the parent company Wal-Mart is made. Instead the signs read: “Marketside. Recommended by food critics and financial planners. Come shop with us.”

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Amazon MP3 store to be pre-loaded on T-Mobile phone

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SEATTLE Amazon.com has announced that the Amazon MP3 music store will be pre-loaded on the T-Mobile G1, the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. T-Mobile G1 users can search, download, buy and play music from Amazon MP3, which offers over 6 million DRM-free MP3 songs from all four major music labels and thousands of independent labels that can be played on virtually any hardware device and managed with any music software.

“Amazon wants to make it easy for customers to discover, buy, and play their music wherever they happen to be–whether sitting at their computer or on the go,” said Bill Carr, Amazon.com vp for digital music and video. “We look forward to the release of the T-Mobile G1, which will put Amazon MP3’s vast selection of low-priced DRM-free music at the fingertips of even more customers in more places.”

Downloading music from Amazon MP3 using the T-Mobile G1 requires a Wi-Fi connection but searching, browsing, listening to samples and buying MP3s can be done wherever customers are connected to the T-Mobile network. Downloaded MP3s can be played anytime on the T-Mobile G1, PCs, Macs or any other MP3 music player.

The T-Mobile G1 is the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone in an exclusive partnership with Google. The T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes the popular Google services that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps with StreetView, Gmail, YouTube and others.

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