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Eco-Friendlier Chain Stores

You can't take plastic bags to many recycling centers, but you can bring yours here (so far, they've recycled 1,400 tons of plastic).

Besides using energy-efficient lighting in stores, the company also donates unsold food to America's Second Harvest. You can donate there, too: Go to for info.

It ranks second in the country for green energy use by a retailer, behind Whole Foods. Kohl's stores get a fifth of their energy from natural and renewable plant and animal sources.