Wal-Mart aims for a green look in Romeoville

Full story: Chicago Tribune

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to open an eco-friendly store in southwest suburban Romeoville later this month, the first of a handful of test stores the world's largest retailer plans to open nationwide as part of ...
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Queenmuffin

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Jan 15, 2008
 
This is a good step for Wal-Mart to take; however, lets see them also devise a better strategy in regards to the billions of plastic shopping bags that fly out their doors.
Mark

Medford, MA

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Jan 15, 2008
 
True, look at other stores that are now selling re-usable bags.(How about offering a discount to customers who provide their own bags)

BTW, IKEA in Bolingbrook has really nice bags, much larger than the plastic ones at Walmart and other stores.
Oy Vey

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#3
Jan 15, 2008
 
....also ignoring an obvious step like locating near transit service, so that people who don't need to make a trip by auto can conserve energy and ride the bus/train for their shopping needs. But whatever, this is about image, not actual results, just like 99% of all "environmentalist" feel-good policies in this country. Expending energy to recycle and changing a few light bulbs is nothing compared to the energy consumed and pollution created by driving cars and flying planes.
sowhat

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Jan 16, 2008
 
Oy, there is a bus that serves the 2 WalMarts in Niles. Free, too.
Spector

Chicago, IL

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#5
Jan 16, 2008
 
For as much as I hate what Wal-Mart has done to its workers with insurance and whatnot, I think this is a great initiative and I only wish them the best. If only other stores did these things as well! Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer, so even a small operational change at all their facilities or purchasing can have a huge impact. Their CFL lightbulb program has been an extraordinary success for which they do deserve a lot of credit.

Now about those workers....
joe

Chicago, IL

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Jan 16, 2008
 
I hate it at any grocery store when the baggers put one item in a big plastic bag when it could fit more. That is waste at it's finest.
Unbeknownst

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Jan 16, 2008
 
This article needs one minor correction. The Romeoville store is not the first of the test stores.

There has been one of these in Wood River, IL for nearly three years now so I am sure there are others.

It's possible that Ms. Jones was informed that this was a "first" by Wal-Mart and simply relayed that information rather than performing research.
mjh

Austin, TX

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Jan 16, 2008
 
Sure, great initiative, but I wonder about all those lovely empty boxes they leave when they relocate/expand their facilities. I may not be remembering the policy right, but doesn't WalMart make sure that other retailers can't take over their old buildings? I haven't been in the Chicago area in a few months, but I remember the empty little Walmart in Morris across from its supersized brother. It's not sustainable or environmentally friendly to keep building and buying land then leaving these old buildings there without allowing creative reuse. But, that's the world we live in - implementing silly feel-good environmental policies to shield bigger environmental harm.
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

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Jan 16, 2008
 
How is a floor made from "coal waste" any more "eco friendly" than one made using sand. I wasn't aware of a sand shortage. Seems like it just makes strip mining for coal more profitable, which increase the "not eco fiendly" activity.

Same for "molding made from diaper holes". Diapers are made from trees (paper) and plastic (oil). Also, not "eco friendly".

So, using the waste products from an environment damaging activity is "eco-friendly"??? I guess if I can find a way to use the oil from oil spills into the ocean, that justifies oil spills? Nice spin job Walmart!
CwF

Chicago, IL

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Jan 16, 2008
 
Finding a productive use for waste products is eco-friendly. If they weren't using coal waste, the coal waste would end up in a landfill.
Mom to three

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Jan 16, 2008
 
i live in rockton, and the store is pretty neat. you walk by the refridgerated cases, and the lights turn on. there is a sensor in them that senses when a customer is coming up to it..the store is a little warm, not sure if that is part of the "eco-friendly theme" or not. the store is unusually quieter than that of other discount department stores. the products are not the same beware. it is a little harder and inconvenient to shop there as the store is downright backwards of other walmarts. you have to think to shop...personally, i like the robot way of shopping...go in, go to the aisle, get product, go to register, pay, go home. Also there is not any of the "u-scan" registers there either. That i don't like cuz sometimes, i just go for a few single things and would like to get in and out quick and its not possible...
brown eyed girl

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Jan 16, 2008
 
romeoville has nothing the hicks will love this store
joe

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Jan 17, 2008
 
Unbeknownst wrote:
This article needs one minor correction. The Romeoville store is not the first of the test stores.
There has been one of these in Wood River, IL for nearly three years now so I am sure there are others.
It's possible that Ms. Jones was informed that this was a "first" by Wal-Mart and simply relayed that information rather than performing research.
Theres another in rockton too. but this is the first wal-mart with the new technology
joe

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Jan 17, 2008
 
Mom to three wrote:
i live in rockton, and the store is pretty neat. you walk by the refridgerated cases, and the lights turn on. there is a sensor in them that senses when a customer is coming up to it..the store is a little warm, not sure if that is part of the "eco-friendly theme" or not. the store is unusually quieter than that of other discount department stores. the products are not the same beware. it is a little harder and inconvenient to shop there as the store is downright backwards of other walmarts. you have to think to shop...personally, i like the robot way of shopping...go in, go to the aisle, get product, go to register, pay, go home. Also there is not any of the "u-scan" registers there either. That i don't like cuz sometimes, i just go for a few single things and would like to get in and out quick and its not possible...
most supercenters have the lights now.
landscaper

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#15
Feb 10, 2008
 
sand is not a renewable resource
slag is byproduct that doesn't need to end up as added cost to our energy companies

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