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Period: November 1, 2013 to November 15, 2013
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Walmart Launches Great Value Naturals Line Of Environment-Friendly Cleaning Products

Walmart announced the Great Value Naturals line of cleaning products made from natural ingredients. Available in more than 2,000 Walmart stores across the United States, the all-natural cleaning products are as effective as the leading brands of conventional cleaning products, the company said. Sold exclusively at Walmart, the products are made from plant-based Evolve cleaning technology and are 100 percent free from chemicals and toxins. They are biodegradable, non-allergenic and packaged in recyclable materials, the company added.

"Walmart’s Great Value Brand Goes Green with New Cleaning Products", Wal-Mart, November 08, 2013

Unilever Unveils Home Water Purifier In Pakistan That Removes Viruses, Bacteria Cheaply

Unilever Pakistan has introduced a home water purification device that works without using electricity or gas. The new Pureit water purifier instead uses sustainable “Unilever proprietary technology” to provide safe and clean water, according to the company. The purification technology takes water through five stages using a “Programmed Germ Kill Technology” to remove harmful bacteria and viruses and provide “odorless natural tasting water” for about two cents a liter.

"Unilever launches Pureit Water Purifier in Pakistan", Unilever, November 04, 2013

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Unilever Plans To Buy Palm Oil Only From Traceable Sources By End Of 2014

Unilever announced its plan to purchase palm oil only from traceable and known sources by the end of 2014. One of the world’s largest buyers of palm oil for use in products, such as margarine, ice cream, and soap, Unilever buys about 1.5 million tonnes of palm oil and related products each year, accounting for about 3 percent of the world’s total production. Unilever’s chief procurement officer Marc Engel reiterated the company’s commitment to supporting the campaign for sustainability in the palm oil industry.

"100% of Palm Oil bought will be traceable to known sources by end 2014", Unilever , November 12, 2013

Walmart Partners With Portland State University Scientists To Study Green Roofs

Walmart partnered with Portland State University in Oregon to conduct research into the use of green roofs. As part of the research collaboration deal, researchers from the university’s Green Building Research Lab will collect data from the largest green roof in Portland which is on a Walmart store. Researchers also plan to install sensors and a weather station on the green roof being placed on Walmart’s Hayden Meadows store. Walmart’s biggest green roof, which is located in Chicago, is also being studied. Results of the two studies will be compared to analyze green roof performance in varying climate conditions.

"Walmart turns green roofs into research labs", Sustainable Business News, October 28, 2013

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