Retailers from all over the world share retailers best green practises

Greening Retail Program tackles environmental issues with new study and website.
(TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009)- The retail industry is a significant part of the Canadian economy with more than 1.2 billion square feet of space and sales of $425 billion in 2008. According to Greening Retail, an initiative lead by the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), Canadian retailers and their suppliers are responsible for more than 40 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually, six million tones of waste, and millions of kilometers travelled by trucks from around the world to every corner in Canada.
If just five per cent of retailers and their suppliers reduce energy use by 10 per cent, the estimated energy savings in one year would be equivalent to the energy required to power half a million homes and would result in a reduction of 1.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gases, the equivalent of removing 233,000 cars from the road for a year. Greening Retail’s new research report Best Environmental Practices From Around the World 2009, conducted by Evans and Company Consultants, and redesigned website were launched today. The report examines 15 of the top best-practice environmental retail leaders in the world, identifying their strategies and tactics in detail and outlining the ROI that can come from sustainable practices.
Here are some key findings from the study:
Grocery store chains are the earliest adopters of environmental best practices, followed by department stores and other large space users, and then specialty stores Environmental strategy needs to fit the company size and structure Top three ROI action points include: Appointing champions throughout the organization, reducing energy and reducing waste 13 of 15 companies produced a CSR report Over 80 per cent of the companies measure and track energy usage, waste produced and diverted, CO2 emissions, transportation and water usage.
“We found that there is strong support for environmental programs from leading Canadian retailers but they still face challenges when it comes to adopting best practices due to the lack of programs, research or identified returns on investments specifically for the retail sector,” said Bernie McIntyre, Manager Community Transformation Programs, Toronto and Region Conservation and project lead for the Greening Retail initiative. “The Greening Retail Program aims to fill the information gap for the industry. Access to relevant and practical data and best practices is critical for retailers to reduce their environmental footprint, save money and improve their bottom line.”
The 2009 study and redesigned website will be showcased at the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc (ICSC) Canadian Convention Deal Making and Trade Expo, Sept. 21-23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Toronto and Region Conservation’s exhibit: booth G3). The redesigned website will support the study, contain research results and include tools such as: a searchable database of case studies covering environmental policies and governance; energy conservation; green energy; solid waste; water use; transportation; green products; supply chain/purchasing; staff training; customer education and marketing; corporate social responsibility reporting; benchmarks and green sites.
The site also hosts implementation resources in 14 categories of environmental best practices. A Greening Retail Blog and Forum are also in the works for retailers to interact with experts. “Through the study we were able learn what made the world’s top environmental retailers successful in greening their business,” said McIntyre. “We’ve taken this information and turned it into a useful report and integrated case studies and other findings into the website. We hope it will become an important resource for the industry and help the retail sector with its green transformation.” About Greening Retail Developed by Toronto and Region Conservation in 2008, Greening Retail undertakes research, develops resources and programs, and facilitates demonstration projects to help retailers implement environmental best practices.
Greening Retail works in partnership with sector leaders, government agencies and other organizations to provide retailers with the strategies and tools they need in order to take action. Program partners include: Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity, Ryerson University, Retail Council of Canada, ESADE in Spain, University of Stirling, Hitotsubashi University, Evans & Company Consultants Inc., University of Metz, Sustainable Retailing Consortium - National Retail Federation. Sponsors includes Smart!Centres and Environment Canada. For more information go to Toronto and Region Conservation With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit the website

Consumers link sustainability to food quality

The Australian retail website Australian Food News published the market research of Packaged Facts and The Hartman Group. In this market research they have discovered a close relationship between consumer perceptions of sustainability and food quality that could impact on shopping behaviour.

Sustainability means different things to different people. Asked to identify what the term means to them, consumers most frequently respond “the ability to last over time” and “the ability to support oneself”. Sustainability is also strongly associated with environmental concerns, whereby consumers are being challenged to develop and express an “eco-consciousness” in their daily habits and purchases. But using “eco-conscious” or “green” as synonymous with sustainability unduly limits the frame of reference; these older terms fail to acknowledge the variety of social, economic and environmental issues that real-world individuals believe to be important to sustaining themselves, their communities, and society at large.

Consequently, as consumers become more educated about the environmental, social, and economic implications of food and beverage choices, their health and wellness motivations dovetail with larger societal concerns. A close relationship develops between sustainability and emerging definitions of food quality, as consumers use sustainable attributes to infer food quality, and food quality to infer sustainability.

Source: Australian Food News

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New biological food store concept Goodyfood

The Dutch biological wholesaler Natudis opened in the Dutch city of Hilversum its first biological store Goodyfood. The franchise formula focuses on clients between 25 and 40 years who are "Distrifood" living conscious. The store concept is focusing on locations in cities and with good results international expansion belongs to the possibilities. The concept can be positioned between the Natuurwinkel (nature store) concept and Marqt.

Walmart Canada launches first high-efficiency store

Walmart Canada has opened its first high-efficiency (HE) prototype store in Waterdown, Ontario. The Supercentre is expected to use 30% less energy and will integrate industry-leading heating, cooling and refrigeration systems to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Commenting on the opening, David Cheesewright, President and CEO for Walmart Canada, said "As we design and build new stores, our goal is to be the greenest business on the block. We continue to pilot new technologies, drive innovation and experiment with new prototypes to create some of the most sustainable stores in retail. With our new sustainable prototypes, we are on track to achieve our environmental goals, which include using less energy, and producing less waste."
Source: IGD Analysis

Best practises in green retailing: Nestlé water Eco-shape bottle

Kohl's Department Stores to receive EPA 'green' award

Kohl’s Department Stores will be named Green Power Partner of the Year during the annual Green Power Leadership Awards held Monday in Atlanta.

The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize the actions of organizations, programs and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power resources in on-site generation, green power purchase and Partner of the Year.
This is the third consecutive year Kohl’s will receive a Green Power Leadership Award, earning recognition for green power purchase in 2007 and on-site generation in 2008. This is Kohl’s first time receiving the Green Power Partner of the Year Award, which recognizes four EPA Green Power Partners annually who distinguish themselves through their green power purchases, leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market.

Kohl’s ranks second in retail, fourth overall and fourth among Fortune 500 companies on the EPA’s list of top Green Power Purchasers with a 2009 green power purchase of 600,990,000 kilowatt hours, which is enough to meet 50 percent of the company’s purchased electricity use. Kohl’s ranks ninth on EPA’s list of Green Power Partners that generate and consume the most green power on-site with 19,126,000 kilowatt hours of on-site green power usage from solar.

The major points of Organic foods

A recent report by the French Agency for Food Safety (AFSSA) has suggested that organic foods are more nutritious just a month after a UK report argued there was currently little evidence to indicate that organic food had additional health benefits compared to conventionally produced food.
The major points of The French Agency for Food Safety study are:
1. Organic plant products contain more dry matter (more nutrient dense)
2. Organic plant products have higher levels of minerals
3. Organic plant products contain more anti-oxidants such as phenols and salicylic acid (known to protect against cancers, heart disease and many other health problems)
4. Carbohydrate, protein and vitamin levels are insufficiently documented
5. 94-100% of organic foods do not contain any pesticide residues
6. Organic vegetables contain far less nitrates, about 50% less
7. Organic cereals contain similar levels of mycotoxins as conventional ones
8. Organically-bred cattle have more lean meat and more polyunsaturated fatty acids than their conventional counterparts
9. Organic chicken fillets contain 2-3 times less fat and are significantly higher in n-3 fatty acid content (with reported anti-cancer effects and other health benefits).
The full scientific report can be found at

Shopping centre recycling trial cuts waste

A recycling initiative launched at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is expected to significantly reduce waste to landfill by enabling shoppers to recycle.Thursday’s official launch of the program at the Queensland mall is the first of a national roll out in a joint initiative led by the Packaging Stewardship Forum (PSF) of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and supported by the Queensland Government, the National Packaging Covenant and Lend Lease managed shopping centres nationally.

Unilever introduces environment logo on their washing powders

The Unilever washing powders of the brands OMO, Robijn Klein & Krachtig and Sun Green Power from now on can be recognized by the Cleaner Planet Plan-logo. Unilever wants to make clear that purchasing these products is an environmental decision.

With the Cleaner Planet Plan, Unilever saves on water, garbage, CO2 emissions and the use of environmental damiging raw materials. The Cleaner Planet Plan focuses at this moment at Unilever´s household division. In the future they plan to extend it to the division of personal healthcare products.

Hopes high for new recycling initiative

A new recycling initiative was launched today at the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre in Queensland, Australia, marking the beginning of a national rollout that is expected to result in hundreds of tonnes of beverage packaging being diverted away from landfill.

The combined industry and government initiative, which will see improved recycling infrastructure and signage in food courts and more efficient back-of-house management systems, has been led by the Packaging Stewardship Forum (PSF) of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and supported by the Queensland Government, the National Packaging Covenant and Lend Lease managed shopping centres.

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Unilever leads food and beverage sector on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Dutch consumer products group Unilever has been named sustainability leader in the Food & Beverage sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the eleventh consecutive year.

The results of the 2009 annual assessment conducted by SAM (the Swiss investment group) together with Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Ltd were announced late last week.
The annual review of the DJSI is based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labour practices.

Unilever achieved an overall score of 81% for their social, economic and environmental contribution, measured across 22 performance criteria.

Unox (Unilever) launches biological soup range

Unox, the soup and saucage division of Unilever in The Netherlands, will launch Biological soup in a bag. There will be four differnt Bio-variations, added to the current soup assortment of Unox.

The company earlier launched the Eerlijk is Heerlijk-campaign (honoust is delicious), where Unox is seeking to work with as much natural ingredients as possible. The vegetables which are used for the soups are all cultivated biologically. To guarantee the biological claim, the company works with the strict SKAL-certificates, an independent organization looking and awarding biological production methods and ingredients.

Each biological soup product will be foreseen of the EKO-quality brand.

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