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National retailers make earth-friendly efforts

A look at what some retailers are doing to improve the environment.
Modified: April 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013

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Earth Day events

• Best Buy: Electronics recycling is offered for free at every U.S. Best Buy location. Stores accept ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, wires, cords and cables, TVs and other electronics. Some items, like mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, MP3 players, video game consoles and digital cameras, can be traded for a Best Buy gift card. Visit for more information.

• Target: Target's sustainability initiatives include a 5-cent reusable bag credit, recycling centers inside stores that accept bottles, cans and small electronics, and the elimination of the potentially lethal sandblasting process for finishing apparel, according to Also, 762 of its stores are now Energy Star certified, more than any other retailer. This Sunday to mark Earth Day, Target will give away 1.5 million reusable bags containing coupons.

• Walmart: Walmart has set a goal of being 100 percent supplied by renewable energy. In 2012, the company added nearly 100 renewable energy projects, bringing its total to nearly 300 worldwide. Walmart is also working on developing a sustainability index for the products carried in its stores by examining the environmental impact of companies and products along its supply chain.

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