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But that’s the beginning: From laundry to DVDs, toothpaste to vacuum the world’s biggest retailer committed to going green by product. In the process, it’s to reverse some of the bad publicity it has over selling cheap from China and allegations of abuses.


It’s won plaudits global-warming activist Al Gore and President Bill Clinton, who Wal-Mart’s CEO to the high-profile Clinton Initiative meeting in New York week. The speculation now centers on Wal-Mart’s massive buying on suppliers will spread the against global warming the granola-crunching set to the minivan masses.

Environmental groups are expressing optimism, according to a story in . Many remain suspicious the move is no more than a ploy. But even the greenest of the the article reports, concede with $350 billion in sales, Wal-Mart has the potential to the marketplace. But will it be willing to cut off that refuse to cooperate?

remains to be seen.

Says Davies, research director at

Wal-Mart has the power to coax into changing. They’re on a daunting task, which is cool.

In promoting its CFL program, Wal-Mart some eye-popping statistics year. Nearly 20 percent of all electric costs stem lighting, it said, and changing a conventional 60-watt bulb to a CFL saves an average of $30 in electric over its lifetime. Because it last so much longer a conventional bulb, a CFL will prevent 10 conventional bulbs being produced, transported, and in a landfill; 220 lbs. of coal being burned; and 450 lbs. of gases from reaching the

Andy Ruben, Wal-Mart’s president of corporate strategy and added on its website:

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Over the of those [100 million] $3 billion can be saved in electrical and 20 million metric tons of gases can be prevented from our atmosphere. This change is to taking 700,000 cars off the or powering 450,000 single-family

CFLs contain tiny of mercury, a toxic element, has caused concerns that might be hazardous in homes. But net effect is to reduce the total of mercury emitted in the environment. a story in the Akron Beacon-Journal :

. important to factor in the mercury coal-fired power plants in producing the electricity to power our bulbs. In making the electricity to a CFL over its lifetime, a plant release 3.3 milligrams of mercury, but it emit 13.6 milligrams that same period to incandescent bulbs, the [federal Energy Star program Add the amount of mercury contained in the CFL to the released in producing the power, and still only 61 percent of the attributable to [conventional] incandescent

The bulbs should be treated as waste and not tossed into the the article concludes.

Wal-Mart is with its suppliers, including Electric, to cut the mercury content in its of CFL bulbs. according to Reuters. also doing something done for a long time: its competitors’ prices by selling CFL four-packs at the same price as a three-pack. More than concerns, the biggest hurdle to consumer acceptance is the price of CFL which cost much up front than conventional even though consumers money in the long run through savings.

Duke Energy has begun a program in the Cincinnati area coupons worth $3 off a package of CFL at Wal-Mart, lowering the price to per bulb, according to a story in the Inquirer . At Clinton’s meeting week, Duke and seven electric utilities representing 20 customers in 22 states pledged to their spending on energy-efficiency by $500 million to $1.5 in the next few years through reforms and approvals.

The effect the next 10 years would be to removing 6 million cars the nation’s roads, according to the Clinton, it reported, applauded the calling it a huge deal in the way we the challenge of climate change.

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