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Retailers mark Earth Day with sustainability efforts

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., is one of several retailers promoting environmental awareness as part of Earth Day Monday, the Ahold USA-owned retailer said.

Giant-Landover said it would focus on offering products that are sustainably sourced and reducing the environmental effects of its operations, including a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015. A new "Sustainable Choice" program is designed to encourage customers to choose sustainable products, including seafood, and the company hopes to divert 90% of waste going to landfills and incineration plants through an expansion to its organic recycling program, in order to reach "zero waste."

"Giant is proud to renew our focus on environmental sustainability," Giant-Landover public and community relations manager Jamie Miller said. "Making efforts to reduce our impact and encouraging our customers to do the same is crucial to protecting and preserving the communities in which we live and work."

Stop & Shop, another Ahold USA banner, made a similar announcement last week.

Meanwhile, mass merchandiser Target Corp. marked Earth Day on Sunday by giving away 1.5 million reusable shopping bags, 250,000 of which contained samples of sustainable products such as Annie’s Bunny Grahams, Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent, Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Cream and Method Dish Soap.

 

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Stephanie Narveson welcomes attendees to NACDS luncheon

BY Antoinette Alexander

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Stephanie Narveson, wife of Bob Narveson, incoming NACDS chairman and president and CEO of Thrifty White Pharmacy, welcomed attendees of the NACDS luncheon for spouses and companions.

During her remarks, Narveson encouraged attendees to enjoy the luncheon as it is held to honor spouses and companions and to recognize their support. She also shared insights into the journey she and her husband have shared over the years as he rose through the ranks to eventually take the helm at Thrifty White Pharmacy.

Following her comments, Erik Wahl, an internationally recognized graffiti artist, author and entrepreneur, took the stage. Wahl, who kicked off his presentation painting U2’s lead singer Bono, uses his on-stage painting as a visual metaphor to encourage organizations toward profitability through innovations and performance.

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Red Carpet Manicure launches Cote d’Azur collection

BY Alaric DeArment

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — A new limited-edition spring edition from Red Carpet Manicure features travel destinations for Hollywood celebrities.

The company said its "Postcards from…Cote d’Azur" collection, inspired by the French Mediterranean and named after the French Riviera, will be available on April 29th at Ulta stores and on Ulta’s website.

"This time of year, my clients do a ton of destination traveling and the Cote d’Azur collection has perfect, gorgeous tones for an exotic celebrity wedding or private getaway to paradise," celebrity manicurist Elle said. "I love that Red Carpet Manicure continues to create new shade options so I’m never at a shortage of fabulous color."

Colors range from the violet-blue "Sky’s the Limit," the cream "Creme de la Creme," the plum "Casanova’s Kiss," sea foam "Parisian Chic," light pink "Blase Beauty" and coral "Blushful Moments."

 

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