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Black Friday Post Mortem: Business as Usual or End of Capitalism?

According to ShopperTalk, in-store sales decreased 10.4 percent over Black Friday weekend (Nov. 26-29) compared to last year. If you’re not a fan…
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3p Weekend: 10 Stores Staying Closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Over the past few years, we've noticed a pretty disturbing trend -- retailers are opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving, in an attempt…
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Food Waste Numbers Improve, Slowly

The Natural Resources Defense Counsel shocked the nation in 2012 when it released its report, 'Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40…
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West Elm Shifts Strategy Toward Fair Trade

"It was all machine-made, all very clean and simple, and all very soulless," West Elm CEO James Brett said of the company's product…
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3 Things to Know for Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade Month is a time to spread the word about who and where our products come from. This means putting the spotlight…
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Forever 21 Suit Highlights Retail’s Unfair Scheduling Practices

The suit contends that Forever 21 required employees to be available for on-call shifts, but didn't compensate them in accordance with state laws.…
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Urban Outfitters Asks Employees to Work for Free

An Urban Outfitters email asking for "volunteers" that went out to employees at the firm’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia is causing a ruckus…
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Ikea Now Sells 100 Percent Sustainable Seafood

Ikea recently announced that all of the 23 species of seafood sold in its stores now only come from sources certified by the…
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Walmart Shoots Down Assault Rifles

Walmart said it won’t be selling high-powered rifles that hold multiple rounds of ammo anymore. This is a big deal because Walmart is…
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Costco Slapped with Suit for ‘Slave Labor’ Shrimp

It's tough running a globally-sourced retail corporation these days, especially when you rely on a gray market for your merchandise, as Costco already…
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H&M To Introduce Denim Line Made Using Recycled Cotton

Next month, clothing retailer H&M will introduce new denim pieces made using recycled cotton. The company will introduce a total of 16 new…
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Sustainable Hangers Divert Waste from Landfills

Starting next month, billions of one-use, virgin plastic hangers now going into landfills each year will be replaced by greener hangers through a…
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Shopping for Furniture? Check the Labels

It is now possible to buy new furniture made without toxic flame retardants, but some furniture on the market may still contain these…
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Greenpeace Says Buy Whole Foods’ Seafood

Greenpeace just released its Carting Away the Oceans report that ranks supermarkets on their efforts to protect oceans and seafood workers.
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Walmart’s New Fees Have Worrisome Sustainability Implications

Walmart recently announced it will require all suppliers to pay warehousing and shelf-stocking fees. The retail giant claims the changes are aimed at…
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