SOURCE: Greenopia

Greenopia

April 28, 2009 08:11 ET

Greenopia Announces: Shop 'til You Drop, but Do It Green: Top Rated Green Retailers

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2009) - Whether you are selecting that new flat panel television, trying on a new pair of trendy jeans, buying cookware or just getting this week's groceries, you'll want to do it at the places that are friendliest to our Mother Earth.

Greenopia has released its findings of which major department stores, grocery chains, clothing retailers and electronics merchants are most worthy of your hard earned green dollars. Using its well-known 4-Leaf green rating process, Greenopia has named the following retail companies as best in class:

Department Stores: -- IKEA -- 3-Leaf Rating

Electronics Merchants: -- Dell -- 3-Leaf Rating

Clothing Stores: -- Patagonia -- 4-Leaf Rating

Grocery Stores -- Whole Foods -- 4-Leaf Rating

The complete Retailer Ratings including individual category analysis are available online for free at Greenopia Top Green Retail Stores.

"Whole Foods Market® is honored to receive Greenopia's highest rating as the country's greenest grocer. Our Team Members work hard every day to keep the environment top of mind as one of our key stakeholders," said Michael Besancon, Whole Foods Market senior global vice president of purchasing, distribution, and marketing. "From our renewable energy purchasing and energy savings with existing store retrofits to our composting and recycling programs -- this is only the beginning for Whole Foods Market® -- we have so much more in the works to accomplish."

And the place America shops the most? The place where Paris Hilton wanted to buy her walls? Wal-Mart, the $407B giant, earned a 2-Leaf Rating, scoring well for its recent insistence on a supply-chain that has minimal ecological impact.

"Consumers have needs and our mission at Greenopia is to help our readers meet those needs at the most eco-friendly places possible," said Gay Browne, Founder and CEO of Greenopia. "As a rule, green shoppers don't engage in wanton shopping, but families and singles have to eat, be clothed and buy computers. Our retail ratings deliver guidance on where essentials can be purchased from progressive companies working diligently to improve our environment."

About Greenopia: The leading online directory for green, sustainable and socially conscious, daily purchase decisions. Greenopia provides the market's only independent, scientific-based rating methodology for green services and products. Greenopia provides its award-winning research results to the rapidly growing green consumer market. Green businesses and merchants use Greenopia's range of targeted marketing methods to reach consumers making greener choices. To find out more, please visit www.greenopia.com.

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