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Starbucks addresses water wastage following tabloid indictment

Following the revelation in British rag-mag The Sun that constantly running
dipper wells waste a humongous amount of water, a Starbucks spokesperson confirms, “Stores will be instructed to switch off the dipper well tap and will wash
spoons after use.” And the plot thickens: According to, a senior-
level source at an unnamed PR agency claims, “We warned [Starbucks] several
years ago that their usage of water was not good for their environmental
credentials and could be a potential problem for them. They listened, but
they didn’t do anything about it.” Starbucks has tried to polish its green
image, saying that by 2010 it wants to source 50 percent of its energy from
renewables, use green-building practices in all new stores, and “reestablish”
ceramic mugs as the “global standard” for in-store drinkers. As for water use,
Starbucks will continue to look into dipper-well alternatives, including those
newfangled — whaddayacallem? — dishwashers.

Sources: BusinessGreen

Clorox’s Green Works line now top-selling green cleaners in U.S.

Clorox’s first entree into the green-cleaning market, released just this year, is going swimmingly so far with the $5.3 billion company on track to sell over $40 million worth of its Green Works cleaners in the U.S., according to sales figures. The Clorox Company already captures a large swath of the conventional-cleaner market with brands like Formula 409, Liquid-Plumr, Pine-Sol, and Tilex. Now Clorox is also the proud owner of the best-selling line of green cleaning products in America. Overall sales of its Green Works line have already surpassed well-known purveyors Seventh Generation and Method. However, Clorox hasn’t managed to shrink the other brands’ market share; instead, Green Works appears to be attracting buyers who otherwise would have reached for conventional cleaners. Wal-Mart is partially to blame for the brand’s strong sales — a partnership with the retailer promotes the products in-store and gives them prominent shelf space. Another Green Works sales boost came from a controversial partnership with the Sierra Club to use the conservation group’s logo on the cleaners in exchange for an undisclosed sum of money.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle

New Apple laptop is “greenest MacBook ever”

The new Apple laptop that your geeky officemate is swooning over is “the greenest MacBook ever,” according to the company. Instead of being cobbled together from various pieces, the new MacBook’s main frame is cut out of a single piece of aluminum, and the discarded metal is recycled. It arrives to stores in 41 percent less packaging than the previous generation, and can be returned to Apple for recycling at the end of its life. Like other Apple offerings, the newbie boasts arsenic-free glass, is backlit with energy-efficient LEDs, and contains no mercury, brominated flame retardants, or PVC. The new MacBook even won a Gold rating from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. (But remember, kids: Hanging on to your current laptop is even greener.)

Sources: Apple

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6 Responses to “Odds and Ends”

  1. Maureen Says:

    It’s always good to see huge companies make green changes. Clorox sees the huge profits in green products and that is their motivation. They purchased Burt’s Bees (#1 natural personal care company) for $950 million at the end of 2007 and said it would compliment their Green Works line. Although it’s better than their traditional harsh products, I am a Seventh Generation consumer and will support that. Hopefully they will lose market share on the traditional products and grow Green Works. I hate to think of them keeping both strong at the expense of the natural pioneers. Seventh Generation is about a $100 million company…many are smaller and I want them to thrive. Thanks for the great information!

    Maureens last blog post..Wealth Prediction

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Maureen … Yes, I saw that they bought Burt’s Bees and hopefully they will use it exclusively for Green Works. I am also a proponent of Seventh Generation. You are welcome! 🙂

  3. Anandr Says:

    Hi add mine i have added urs.. u can check .. thank u in advance

  4. Diane Scott Says:

    You cracked me up with “As for water use,
    Starbucks will continue to look into dipper-well alternatives, including those
    newfangled — whaddayacallem? — dishwashers.”

    I also appreciate the heads up on the other two manufacturers 🙂

    Diane Scotts last blog post..What’s Wrong With This Picture Little Sheep?

  5. wilson Says:

    Well, Linda. I loved the new Apple laptop concept and I can’t wait to grab one for myself here lol

    By the way, thanks for visiting my site, Linda 🙂

    wilsons last blog post..The Hair Care Tips 2: Don’t Dye Your Hair Too Frequently!

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Anandr … Where are you?

    Hi Diane … You are welcome… its a step in the right direction.

    Hi Wilson … If you get it, let me know what you think of it! I just wonder how it works with all of the new fangled stuff….

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