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  • Upcycling Raffia Sacks

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

    Ortigueira is a small municipality (about 24,000) in the rural interior of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná (PR), about 200 kilometers from the state capital.  Until recently it was perhaps best known as the city with lowest human development index (HDI)* ranking for the state.
    Now it’s becoming known as a center of an innovative […]

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    Wal-Mart’s Plastic Bag Reduction Strategy in Central America

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    Wal-Mart Central America is pursuing an interesting strategy to achieve its announced target of a 50% reduction in plastic bag use in its more than 500 stores in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua by 2013.  Whereas its brethren in Brazil have elected to offer discounts for consumers bringing their own alternatives to […]

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    Wal-Mart’s Commitment to Reduce Plastic Bag Use in LAC

    Friday, September 26th, 2008

    Perhaps you’ve heard of Wal-Mart’s commitment to reduce plastic shopping bag use (or “carry bags” as my British friends call it) in its US stores 25% and in its international stores by 50% by 2013.  Some people are not impressed.  I am — at least regarding the international commitment as it applies to Latin America […]

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