LL Bean Goes a Deeper Shade of Green

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On Friday, I wrote a post about the challenge of greening the workplace. This morning, I came across an article touting the green efforts of the well-known outdoor apparel and equipment store, LL Bean. Upon further research, I learned that LL Bean makes it easy for its employees to have greener habits at work and for its nature-loving customers to feel good about their patronage.

Since establishing a corporate-wide recycling program in the late 1980s, the company has reduced its waste stream by 82%. See it can be done! The company has integrated several environmentally-friendly strategies such as using paper from sustainably managed forests and recycled content; adhering to high performance building standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council; conserving energy and water; and utilizing clean renewable energy generation and alternative fuel sources.

Currently, LL Bean is building its 7th retail store, outside Chicago, that will be LEED certified. The company plans to operate 32 stores by 2012, committing to LEED standards for new construction. My only hope is that they, and other retailers, consider lessening their impact by utilizing unoccupied existing buildings instead of bulldozing undisturbed land and building new.

Other giant retailers like REI, Office Depot, Staples, Tesco’s Fresh & Easy, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Target have also been building to green standards as of late.

Source: Media Post Publications

Tag(s): Gift Ideas, Going Green, Green Building, The Great Green Outdoors


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