C oncentrated det ergents
OVER THE NEXT YEAR, most liquid laundry
detergents, including Kirkland SignatureTM
and Tide®, available at Costco nationwide, will
be changing to new concentrated formulas in
new, easier-to-use bottles. By concentrating
their detergents, manufacturers are able to provide the same cleaning power in a smaller
amount. You can wash the same number of
loads, but use just half as much detergent.
“It’s the latest step in our commitment to
bringing our members the best in laundry
innovations,” says Deb Belcourt, Costco buyer.
In addition, the new concentrated formulas help the environment in several ways.
First, they use less water to produce—up to 44
percent less in the case of 2X Ultra Tide
Liquid—which helps conserve this precious
resource. Second, the new concentrated-for-mula bottles are smaller, so they use less plastic
to make. And of course they can be recycled,
which saves landfill space.
Also, because they’re smaller, more bottles
can be shipped at the same time, which means
fewer trucks are needed for shipping nationwide. This reduces fuel usage, which in turn
reduces greenhouse gas emissions, a significant benefit to the environment.
“The new bottles also help our members
because they weigh significantly less, so they
are easier to handle, carry, pour and store than
the old bottles,” says Deb.
The new concentrated detergents will be
arriving in warehouses nationwide in two or
three phases (see illustration at right). Complete instructions on how much detergent to
use are included on the packaging. C
A new, more concentrated laundry
detergent, 2X Ultra Tide, was introduced at some Costco warehouses last
month. By April 2008, both the new
Tide and Kirkland Signature Ultra will
be available at all warehouses.
Change a light,
change the world
A Medicare Approved Prescription Drug Plan
ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the EPA and the
Department of Energy created to help consumers save
money and protect the envi-
ronment through energy-efficient products and practices, is
running its eighth annual “Change
a Light, Change the World” campaign.
This national call to action encourages
all Americans to fight global warming.
Organizations, leaders and individuals
are challenged to use Energy Star–
For more information about the
campaign, which runs during October
and November, visit www.energystar.
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans for
Value-Conscious Individuals and Employers
• Enhanced benefits
• Pharmacy locations nationwide
• Mail-order nationwide
• Additional value at
To learn about recycling CFLs, contact your
local municipal solid-waste agencies. Other
resources include www.Earth911.org,
www.epa.gov/bulbrecycling or www.lamp
Medicare Part D Plans for Employer Groups with Retirees
Envision also offers fully insured Medicare Part D “Series 800” Employer Group Waiver Plans
(EGWPs) for 2008. Standard and customized plans are available nationwide.
Call 1-866-250-2005 for more information.
Offered by Envision Insurance Company under contract with the federal government.
*Costco membership not required.