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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Whole Foods Market goes for green energy

As if eating a healthy, earth friendly diet wasn't reason enough now there is even more cause to purchase from retailers like Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods with 181 stores in the U.S. and the U.K. and over 32,000 employees announced last week that they are going to convert the company's entire U.S. electrical energy usage to all green renewable power.

The corporation plans to purchase enough wind power credits to cover its operational power needs in the U.S. The total amount of green credit Whole foods plans to buy is 458-million kilowatt-hours. The purchase which is for wind power energy credits from Renewable Choice Energy Inc. makes Whole Foods Market the largest green-power buyer in the country.

This move will eliminate more than 700 million pounds of carbon dioxide pollution this year alone. To have the same environmental impact, more than 60,000 cars would have to be taken off the road or more than 90,000 acres of trees would have to be planted.

by Harlan Weikle
Greener Magazine

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