Costco members add
environmental sustainability to their
businesses’ bottom line
BY T. FOSTER JONES
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GREEN. It has become, in the
words of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “the
native hue of resolution.”
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What was fringe has gone mainstream.
Green subjects grace the cover of every
major magazine. Stories about environmental issues are daily news fare. We see more
“green” products on the shelves. Gasoline-electric hybrid cars are gaining in popularity.
Businesses are also making efforts to
reduce their impact on the environment
by reducing product packaging, increasing
the recycled content of products, pushing
suppliers to stop using certain chemicals in
products, using more renewable energy and
reducing the amount of waste generated.
Costco members across the country have
been starting or converting to greener methods of operating their businesses. The challenges, they have found, begin with defining
what green means and deciding what their
motivation for going green is, and go on to
affect every aspect of their business.