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Fresh Step ‘scoops’ out odor

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Kitty litter brand Fresh Step has introduced a new product that combines natural pine shavings with the odor-control performance of activated carbon.

New Fresh Step Natural Scoop litter offers such great odor control ingredients as Fresh Step’s traditional clay-based litter, but this time with the sustainability benefits of natural wood, the company said. The new product, Fresh Step said, also weighs significantly less than the company’s clay-based litter — available in a 20-lb. box — in a bag that weighs 3.3 lbs.

New Fresh Step Natural Scoop is expected to retail for $8.99.

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American Greetings introduces Mother’s Day card collection by Kathy Davis

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND — American Greetings is boosting its Mother’s Day portfolio with a new collection of cards by Kathy Davis.

The Kathy Davis collection of Mother’s Day cards celebrates moms everywhere with a collection of heartfelt, beautifully rendered cards, the company said. Each card is adorned with inspirations from nature and Kathy Davis’ signature watercolors.

"Kathy Davis’ stunning artwork and intimate understanding of the relationship between parent and child creates a distinctive Mother’s Day card collection that celebrates life, love and our most precious relationships," said Kelli Snowgold, Kathy Davis brand manager at American Greetings. "Her words express love and appreciation, and her artwork perfectly complements this wonderful celebration of motherhood."

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Ill. governor tours nearby green Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As part of Earth Month in Illinois, Gov. Patrick Quinn Tuesday morning toured a Walgreens drug store in Oak Park that features the first geothermal energy system used in a chain drug store in the country, Walgreens stated in a release.

The system, which went live when the store opened last October, has reduced the store’s expected energy usage by 60%. "We are proud to showcase our commitment to the environment here in Oak Park with Gov. Quinn," said Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson, who accompanied the governor on the store tour. "Geothermal energy is an important way we can reduce our carbon footprint, and through the innovative, sustainable design of this store, we have made it a reality."

The store also features a Level 2 electric vehicle charging station, which can add up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge. Working with 350Green, Walgreens plans to install charging stations at about 30 additional Chicago-area stores beginning this summer. The company already has initiated charging station installments across the Houston and Dallas markets.

"For our customers with electric vehicles, we will offer some of the area’s best corners to help give people the confidence to drive longer distances while having access to charging stations," Wasson said.

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