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Whole Foods app rewards green behavior

BY Staff Writer

Austin, Texas — Whole Foods is rewarding customers that live a green lifestyle through a new app it created with Whole Planet Foundation and BlueAvocado.

The "Make Change. Not Waste." mobile iPhone application allows users to earn badges and coupons for a number of green behaviors including recycling, using a reusable bag and biking to work. After completing 10 green actions, customers can unlock one coupon from leading green brands including: Nature’s Path, Alexia Foods, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Stonyfield, Frontier Co-op and Organic Valley. Shoppers can also donate a percentage of the coupon value back to Whole Planet Foundation. The app is available to download from the Apple Store.

"We’re excited to help shoppers find easy ways to protect the planet, track their green choices and fund poverty alleviation projects around the world," said Philip Sansone, president and executive director of Whole Planet Foundation. "Through this app, shoppers can invest in making a real difference for the planet and their global neighbors."

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Publix cuts grocery bag use by 2 billion

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Lakeland, Fla. — Publix has achieved the eco milestone of saving more than 2 billion grocery bags since mid 2007. The company said it achieved this goal by training front service clerks and cashiers to increase the number of items per bag, implementing bag reduction goals for each store, holding communication campaigns to encourage the use of reusable bags and donating reusable bags to non-profits and partner organizations throughout the Southeast.

“At Publix, we are fortunate to have customers and associates who are committed to sustaining our environment,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “That’s why we focus on the responsible use of environmental resources, and offering our customers and associates options when choosing paper, plastic or reusable bags.”

The company has offered in-store recycling of paper and plastic bags since the mid-1970s and introduced its first 99-cent reusable bags in mid-2007. Since the introduction, more than 21 million reusable bags have been sold at Publix locations.

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Dollar General announces $6.4 million donation to support literacy

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Goodlettsville,Tenn. — Dollar General has awarded grants to more than 593 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools through the chain’s literacy foundation.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded grants to schools and organizations in communities across the 39 states served by Dollar General. The funding, valued at more than $6.4 million, supports such programs as adult literacy, GED preparation and English language acquisition. Dollar General said more than 410,300 people are expected to benefit from literacy services provided by the grants.

"Literacy is the key for opening doors to new opportunities and better lives," Dollar General chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said. "We are pleased to help local organizations enhance and expand their literacy programs to make education more accessible to everyone."

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