Target using scoring system to look at product sustainability

  • Article by: Janet Moore , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 10, 2013 - 6:29 AM

The retailer is using a scoring system to offer a range of environmentally friendly products as more consumers look for those choices.

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swmnguyNov. 10, 13 6:41 AM

This sounds like an interesting starting point. It's very hard for the regular person to understand whether and how one product is more or less "sustainable" that another. No doubt some of the analysis is subjective. But more information is always better. I wonder if products with a better sustainability score will rise in price, while products with a worse score will become cheaper?

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tkr380Nov. 10, 13 8:15 AM

The further Target pushes itself towards political correctness the less we shop there. There are any number of product retailers now offering cheaper prices that aren't into telling us how to live our lives.

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tkr380Nov. 10, 13 8:17 AM

"More consumer" means the self important 3% that think they know how 97% of us should shop, what we should buy, how we should raise our children, and how we should vote.

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kleindropperNov. 10, 13 9:28 AM

Women concerned about toxic cosmetics should stop wearing makeup.

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johanna12Nov. 10, 1311:02 AM

I guess the executives at Target seem to be too busy designing new ways of tracking purchases, etc.....to make certain that even basic items are in stock at Target stores. I don't think it's expecting too much to ask that milk be in stock. Or printer cartridges (for printers they sell). Even time I go into the closest Target, they are always out of the basics. It doesn't help me to hear that the closest Target with organic milk is a 20 minute drive away. If you are out of stock, how about ordering more of the product? Oh, I forgot, they aren't allowed to....unless the system lets them. Cub Foods and Costco are looking better all the time!!!!

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minn12Nov. 10, 13 1:51 PM

Target has been taken over and is now being run by radical liberals. They are obviously a left-wing company. What they are missing is that they are alienating more than half of their shopping base with such silly policies. I started boycotting Target a long time ago when they first banned the Salvation Army bell-ringers. It's been nothing but PC nonsense from them ever since.

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reader818Nov. 10, 13 4:56 PM

Actions have consequences. When given the choice, will we buy products that have better or worse consequences for ourselves and others? Why fight this? We may choose to change, but we'll be changing because we are better informed. This is the free market at work. Bring it on, Target!

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bigdukesixNov. 10, 13 8:42 PM

How about letting us know if the products work well? Target continues to lay down for activist groups and just assumes the rest of the world will go along. Quit adding costs to the supply chain and start supplying the best products at the best prices. That's what consumers care about!

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rampalincNov. 11, 1311:46 AM

bigdukesix - Target has a market research group that is elite. I am sure their research reveals that the majority of customers demand to know how their products are made - they would not pour millions into this project otherwise. It is folks like you that are in the minority now.

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