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Is Target Different than Wal-Mart?

Is Target Different than Wal-Mart?

Comparing Target and Wal-Mart seems like a relatively easy thing to do. Wal-Mart has been accused of the 'Wal-Martization' of the American economy, abusing its labor force, and selling cheap goods at low prices. Target, on the other hand, has a reputation that glistens next to the Wal-Mart behemoth. Is Target getting a free ride?

October 25, 2007

Modular Apartments Provide Cheaper, "Green" Housing

Modular Apartments Provide Cheaper, "Green" Housing

Seattle and Portland plan to host some of the first American modular apartment buildings. To tenants, the most attractive feature is cheaper rent. But the long term benefits of modular housing extend beyond typical urban planning concerns; there are also environmental pluses.

October 15, 2007

Common Sense Eco-Furniture

Common Sense Eco-Furniture

Building green has become all the rage.  But choosing the furniture that goes in your dwelling may be the more critical environmental challenge. Furniture and bedding is a $66 billion industry in the U.S., and the vast majority of those products are still constructed in the conventional way--from declining natural resources.

October 3, 2007

Hidden Flaws in Oriental Rugs

Hidden Flaws in Oriental Rugs

In the 1990s, handmade Oriental rugs became more popular in the United States and Europe. As demand increased, child labor—often in slave-like conditions involving abuse and malnourishment —became rampant in the rug industry.

September 6, 2007

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