Iceland supports Greenpeace’s call for the Government to impose bottle Deposit Return Scheme

London, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Iceland fully supports Greenpeace’s call for the Government to impose a bottle DepositReturn Scheme (DRS).

Richard Walker, Director for Sustainability at Iceland Foods, said: “Every minute, a truckload of plastic waste enters our oceans. In Britain, we are failing to recycle up to 16 million single use plastic bottles every day.

“This cannot carry on. It is causing untold damage to our oceans and wildlife. It is also a ticking time bomb for humanity, since we all ultimately depend on a healthy ocean environment for our own survival.

“Deposit Return Schemes work. In Norway theirs has led to 96% of all bottles being returned, with similar results in other countries that have adopted a DRS. Britain urgently needs to do the same.

“Introducing a DRS may well add to our costs of doing business. However, we believe it is a small price to pay for the long term sustainability of this planet. I urge all other retailers to do the right thing and follow suit.”

In addition, Iceland has offered its support by hosting a DRS reverse vending machine within a number of its stores for the Government to trial.

About Iceland Foods
Iceland is recognised as the leader in frozen food with 900 stores in the UK. The company prides itself on being a convenient and friendly place to do the family’s weekly shop, as well as to meet everyone’s daily top-up shopping needs for fresh, chilled and frozen food and groceries. Since 1970 Iceland has been proudly demonstrating to shoppers just how the Power of Frozen can deliver an extensive choice of high quality, great-tasting food from fine sources around the world at great value prices. With the Power of Frozen at its heart, Iceland naturally generates low levels of food waste. In the 1980s the company led the way in removing artificial colours, flavours and non-essential preservatives from its own label products, while in the 1990s it became the first national food retailer to remove GM ingredients from its own brand range. Its long history of environmental action includes the launch of the Kyoto range of fridges and freezers in partnership with Greenpeace in 1998, and it has recently completed a company-wide conversion to LED lighting to reduce its carbon footprint. Iceland has won multiple awards for the quality of its products and services, including being named Online Supermarket of the Year by both The Grocer and IGD in 2017. It has ranked as one of the UK’s Best Big Companies to Work For in each of the last 11 years, and was number one in both 2012 and 2014.

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Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value® canned tuna earned green ranking in 2017 Greenpeace Canned Tuna Shopping Guide

Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value® canned tuna earned green ranking in 2017 Greenpeace Canned Tuna Shopping Guide

Retailer recognized for strict purchasing policies, transparency and commitment to one-by-one catch methods

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the 2017 Greenpeace Canned Tuna Shopping Guide, Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value® canned tuna earned a green ranking, identified as a best choice for consumers. Whole Foods Market is the only retailer whose private label brand earned a top score, and the company was named as an industry leader for its new storewide canned tuna sourcing policy.

The Greenpeace ranking evaluated the practices of 20 brands, including whether the fishing method used to catch tuna harms other marine life, whether brands avoid shark finning, and whether they can trace their products back to the source. In addition, Greenpeace examined the equitability and social responsibility of tuna brands.

Greenpeace recognized Whole Foods Market as the first and only retailer to require all canned tuna sold in stores to be caught using pole-and-line, troll, or handline catch methods, which catch fish one at a time, limiting catches, preventing bycatch and supporting livelihoods in coastal communities.

“We have created our own standards for canned tuna at Whole Foods Market to address overfishing and bycatch issues that are common in conventional tuna fisheries,” said Carrie Brownstein, Whole Foods Market’s global seafood quality standards coordinator. “Shifting purchases to sustainable options and having strong traceability to verify our sourcing will have a positive impact on our oceans and the fishing communities who depend on these tuna fisheries to support their livelihoods. Earning another top ranking from Greenpeace is an honor and we hope it inspires others in the industry to take further steps towards greater sustainability.”

In addition to the one-by-one catch methods, Whole Foods Market’s new canned tuna sourcing policy ensures fisheries are certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council or rated green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Safina Center. Every supplier must also use Trace Register, traceability software that tracks each lot of tuna at every point from vessel to can. The traceability data are continuously crosschecked to help verify sourcing and prevent illegally-caught or unauthorized fish from entering the supply chain.

“This commitment from Whole Foods Market sets the bar for other retailers to follow,” said David Pinsky, author of Greenpeace’s canned Tuna Shopping Guide. “Whole Foods Market requires catch methods that benefit small-scale fisheries and significantly reduce the likelihood of human rights violations. It’s great to see this policy extend to the prepared foods department, as well as all the brands on store shelves, driving additional change beyond the company’s private label canned tuna.”

Ranked third overall, 365 Everyday Value® joins the two brands tied for the top ranking – American Tuna and Wild Planet – on Whole Foods Market shelves, contributing to the retailer’s largest selection of sustainable, responsibly-sourced canned tuna. In the 2016 report, Greenpeace identified Whole Foods Market’s selection of canned tuna as the best of any major U.S. retailer.

These continual advancements in policies and sourcing are part of Whole Foods Market’s mission to create a model that moves the seafood industry toward greater sustainability.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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Greenpeace ranked Inditex at the top of its Detox Catwalk 2016 classification

The report, compiled by Greenpeace, places the company “ahead of the field” in responsible garment production

Arteixo, ESPAÑA, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Greenpeace has ranked Inditex at the top of its Detox Catwalk 2016 classification, which selects and rates the garment makers it sees as deploying standard-setting practices in the use of sustainable chemical products. According to the NGO, Inditex has achieved “AVANT-GARDE” status and is ahead of the curve in the unfolding shift towards the use of clean products in its sector.

Inditex is described by Greenpeace as one of the organisations “with the safest and most environmentally-responsible production chains”, also stressing the company’s efforts to monitor its suppliers’ discharges into wastewater on an ongoing basis. The NGO describes Inditex’s work on the transparency front, having publicly disclosed its list of wet process suppliers, as “exemplary”. Against this backdrop, Greenpeace alludes to the company’s Detox 2020 Plan which embodies the “clean factory” approach for the elimination and phase-out of an extensive list of hazardous substances from its manufacturing processes.

Greenpeace also refers to Inditex’s timely compliance with its commitment to eliminating perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), having already replaced them with safer alternatives available in the marketplace, and to its root causes programme for determining the source of hazardous chemicals when they occur.

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H&M sets good example and achieves AVANT-GARDE status according to the Detox Catwalk 2016 report from Greenpeace

Greenpeace has released the Detox Catwalk 2016 report, showing fashion companies’ progress towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the fashion value chain. H&M stands in the best category thanks to our work in the supply chain for a stringent chemicals management.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — As it is stated in the report from Greenpeace, H&M sets a good example and achieves AVANT-GARDE status with its clear approach to chemical management along the manufacturing supply chain. This status has been given thanks to the good performance shown in three criteria: a plan including a restriction substance list, PFCs elimination and transparent reporting.

“We applaud H&M, Zara and Benetton for leading the way and setting a new standard in toxic free fashion,” said Kirsten Brodde, Head of the Detox My Fashion campaign at Greenpeace Germany. “These companies prove that cleaning up the fashion industry is possible – both for large and medium-sized companies.”

Here you can read more about the Greenpeace Detox Catwalk 2016 or H&M’s work regarding chemical management in the supply chain.

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Greenpeace Zwischenbericht zu Detox-Massnahmen für saubere Textilien: Coop ist «Trendsetter»

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2015-12-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zwischenbericht zu Detox-Massnahmen für saubere Textilien Vor rund drei Jahren hat Coop als erstes Schweizer Unternehmen das sogenannte Detox-Commitment von Greenpeace unterschrieben. Dies ist ein klares Bekenntnis, unerwünschte Chemikalien bei der Produktion von Textilien zu vermeiden. Nun hat Greenpeace einen ersten Zwischenbericht zur Umsetzung der Detox-Massnahmen publiziert. Darin bezeichnet sie Coop als «Trendsetter». Dies ist eine Bestätigung für das bereits erfolgte Engagement und eine Motivation, sich weiterhin gleich konsequent für eine saubere Textilproduktion entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette einzusetzen.

Im Januar 2013 hat Coop das Detox-Commitment von Greenpeace unterzeichnet. Im Zentrum dieser Vereinbarung steht die sogenannte Negativliste, welche Chemikalien auflistet, die aus der Textilverarbeitung eliminiert werden sollen. Coop hat sich verpflichtet, bis 2020 auf alle darin aufgeführten Chemikalien zu verzichten.

Klare Vorgaben
Seither hat Coop bereits wichtige Schritte unternommen, um auf problematische Chemikalien bei der Textilverarbeitung zu verzichten. In einem ersten Schritt hat die Detailhändlerin eine eigene Richtlinie Textil und Leder verabschiedet. Sie hält fest, an welche Regeln sich Lieferanten halten müssen. Dabei geht es nicht nur um toxikologische Anforderungen an Textilien, sondern auch um soziale und ökologische Kriterien und um den Anbau der Textilrohstoffe und deren weitere Verarbeitung.

Pilotprojekte führen bereits zu Resultaten
«Bei den Haupt-Textillieferanten wurde die Transparenz bis zu den Ausrüstern (Färbereien, Druckereien) geschaffen und es haben erste Umweltaudits stattgefunden», sagt Emanuel Büchlin, Leiter Einkauf Bekleidung/Accessoires von Coop. Die Ergebnisse der Umwelttests sind auf der Datenbank des Insitutue of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) veröffentlicht. «Bei gewissen anspruchsvollen Produktkategorien – wie etwa Regenschirmen, die wasserabweisend sein müssen– haben wir bereits erfolgreich Pilotprojekte umgesetzt. So wird etwa seit November 2015 das gesamte Eigenmarken-Schirmsortiment PFC-frei produziert und kommt im Frühjahr 2016 in die Coop Supermärkte und Coop City Warenhäuser» freut sich Emanuel Büchlin.

Ausbildung von Lieferanten
Coop wird auch in den nächsten Jahren weitere wichtige Massnahmen ergreifen, um die Produktion konventioneller Textilien noch nachhaltiger zu gestalten. Der Fokus im Jahr 2016 liegt auf dem Ausbau des Trainingsangebotes für Lieferanten, um diese im Chemikalienmanagement aktiv zu sensibilisieren und zu unterstützen.

Zusätzlich zum Engagement für eine saubere Produktion konventioneller Textilien wird sich Coop weiterhin für den Verkauf und die Produktion der fair und biologisch produzierten Bio-Baumwolle einsetzen. Insgesamt hat Coop seither über 55’000 Tonnen fair gehandelte Bio-Baumwolle für die Eigenmarke Naturaline verwendet. Damit ist Coop die grösste Anbieterin in diesem Bereich.

Mehr Informationen zu Detox finden Sie unter: http://www.coop.ch/content/act/de/grundsaetze-und-themen/hauptthemen/textil/detox.html

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Coop Naturaline Medienreise in Tansania, Besichtigung der Bio Baumwollen Plantagen. Tag 1.  BioRe Baumwoll Produzentin Flora Manangu auf ihrem Feld in Minyanda. Bild Remo Naegeli

Coop Naturaline Medienreise in Tansania, Besichtigung der Bio Baumwollen Plantagen. Tag 1. BioRe Baumwoll Produzentin Flora Manangu auf ihrem Feld in Minyanda. Bild Remo Naegeli

Greenpeace names Whole Foods Market the top retailer for seafood sustainability in the nonprofit’s annual ranking of U.S. supermarkets

America’s Healthiest Grocery Store® earns highest score in report’s history for stringent purchasing policies, transparency and advocating for industry change

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, Greenpeace named Whole Foods Market the top retailer for seafood sustainability in the nonprofit’s annual ranking of U.S. supermarkets. The company earned the highest overall score in the report’s nine-year history, as well as the highest individual scores for transparency, purchasing policies and private label canned tuna sourcing. This is the fifth time Whole Foods Market has earned the number one ranking.

Greenpeace’s 2015 Carting Away the Ocean’s (CATO) IX report ranks 25 major retailers in four areas: policy, initiatives, labeling and transparency, and red-list inventory. Whole Foods Market’s strict purchasing policies for wild-caught and farmed fish, public advocacy, traceability requirements, canned tuna sourcing, customer education and fishmonger expertise all contributed to the company’s continued leadership in seafood sustainability.

After earning the CATO report’s top ranking in 2014, Whole Foods Market earned an even higher score in 2015 by enhancing sustainability efforts in several areas. The company launched new farmed mollusk standards, adding to its robust aquaculture standards for finfish and shrimp.

“Whole Foods Market is continuously working with our teams and stakeholders to strengthen our seafood sourcing, with the goal of creating an impact far beyond our own company.  When shoppers select sustainable seafood, they are affecting change with their buying power, supporting the fishermen and fish farmers who are producing seafood responsibly,” said Carrie Brownstein, global seafood quality standards coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “Earning another top ranking from Greenpeace is an honor and we hope it inspires others in the industry to take further steps towards greater sustainability, creating a tremendous, positive change on the oceans.”

Whole Foods Market excelled in the Sustainable Seafood Policy category of the report, earning the highest score of any retailer. The company purchases as much wild-caught seafood as possible from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). For fisheries not MSC-certified, Whole Foods Market only sources from fisheries rated either green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) and The Safina Center (TSC) (formerly Blue Ocean Institute). In 2012, Whole Foods Market stopped selling all species rated red by MBA and TSC, becoming the first national grocer to make this commitment.

Greenpeace also identified Whole Foods Market’s selection of canned tuna as the best of any major U.S. retailer, an impactful category since America is the largest canned tuna market in the world. Launched in May 2014, the retailer’s Pole & Line Caught tuna is the most sustainable canned tuna option on the market. The fish in every can is caught one at a time using the pole and line method, which eliminates the bycatch of marine mammals, sharks and turtles that occurs in fisheries that use less selective fishing methods. In 2011, Whole Foods was the first retailer in the U.S. to introduce responsibly caught private label canned tuna.

Whole Foods Market excelled in Greenpeace’s labeling and transparency category for having pioneering case signs with sustainability ratings from MBA and TSC, as well as other point-of-purchase information like posters, pamphlets and knowledgeable fishmongers, along with online resources and transparent Quality Standards. The company also has full traceability from source to store, as well as dedicated port buyers selecting fish directly from the docks, and company-owned processing facilities to create a clear, direct connection to seafood sources.

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Greenpeace names Whole Foods Market the top retailer for seafood sustainability in the nonprofit’s annual ranking of U.S. supermarkets

Whole Foods Market’s Responsibly Farmed seafood

Greenpeace names H&M as a Detox Leader when releasing its Detox Catwalk

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-3-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Greenpeace names H&M as a Detox Leader when releasing its Detox Catwalk, showing how effectively major fashion brands are removing toxic chemicals from their supply chain and tackling water pollution.

Greenpeace states that “H&M’s action on toxic-free fashion puts it firmly at the head of the pack” and places H&M in the “Leaders Group”. Greenpeace also mentions that H&M is the first company to eliminate the hazardous chemicals PFCs from its products. The Detox Leaders are defined as “detox committed companies leading the industry towards a toxic-free future with credible timelines, concrete actions and on-the-ground implementation”. Read more about the Greenpeace Detox Catwalk and H&M’s work towards a toxic-free future.

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IKEA’s new sustainable palm oil sourcing policy applauded by Greenpeace

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Friday, November 28th, Greenpeace applauded a new sustainable palm oil sourcing policy from IKEA. “The Swedish company uses the oil in its candles and in some food products and snacks — its new policy commits to ensuring that all palm oil from rainforest and peatland areas will be removed from the production chain by 2017. All palm oil found in IKEA products will be traceable all the way from the store shelf to the plantation, with care taken to respect the rights of indigenous peoples and workers, ” commented Greenpeace.

“IKEA’s decision to clean up its supply chain for products containing palm oil is good news,” said Joao Talocchi, Palm Oil Campaigner for Greenpeace USA. “Commitments over the past year from companies like Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and General Mills have brought the palm oil industry to a tipping point. We’re now at the stage where it’s unacceptable for companies not to address rainforest destruction with their suppliers.”

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