Several U.S. retailers take part in Earth Day 2015
NEW YORK — Wednesday marked the 45th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Since its inception, the movement has sparked a vast outpouring of support and this year was no exception.
Joining many groups around the globe, several U.S. retailers stepped up to the plate to celebrate Earth Day 2015. Some of the highlights include:
• Giant Eagle celebrated Earth Day this year with a commitment to reduce water consumption by 5% by July 2017, resulting in an anticipated conservation of millions of gallons of water.
• For four consecutive years, Publix Super Markets has celebrated Earth Day with a $40,000 contribution to Sustainable Fisheries Partnership totaling $160,000. This year's project is focused on improving the conditions associated with shrimp aquaculture. The donation will fund research to improve fisheries and help shrimp aquaculture in southeast Asia become more sustainable. Other sustainable efforts include the company's commitment to reusable shopping bags.
• Kroger, which was recently recognized by the U.S. EPA for its efforts to reduce food waste, has launched a microsite — Kroger.com/earthday — to inspire customers to live green, save money and reduce waste at home.
• Each year, the “ShopRite Earth Day Challenge” challenges volunteers to beautify their communities by cleaning up litter and restoring local parks and beaches. In 2014, approximately 6,000 volunteers – wearing donated gloves and using donated trash bags from ShopRite — gathered to clean up 63 communities in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Today, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world, according to the Earth Day Network.