Walmart's new green labels are more of the same -- a way to keep the public conversation about the company's impact confined within its own narrow terms, all the while obscuring the deep problems at the heart of Walmart's business model.
As much as manufacturers oppose environmental legislation and regulation, they embrace what happens in the marketplace. They have to. Consumer dollars are their lifeblood. Corporate need for profit gives consumers power. Why don't we use it?
It is a familiar lament of companies wishing to find a market for environmentally and socially responsible (such as fair trade) goods -- the majority of consumers simply will not pay a premium for these items.
Whatever you end up choosing for your heater, try to cut waste: Proper insulation, caulking, and duct sealing can work wonders. Turn the thermostat down to 55 or 60 degrees when you're away or sleeping,
American business has eliminated untold numbers of other middle class jobs. That's why the employment and housing markets are struggling, food stamp use is at an all-time high and the ranks of the working poor are swelling, while corporate profits soar.
As a new parent, I desperately needed a place where I could get all my daily essentials -- from diapers to cleaning products -- and I could trust that they would be safe, eco-friendly, affordable, and effective. So I decided to create it.