Remanufacturing is good for the US economy and its trade deficit with China, argues Clyde Eirikur Hull. Examples of remanufacturing include General Motors, which participates in an online platform for selling and buying recycled waste.
The Egyptian government has enacted a consumer-protection law that will become effective in three months. This law gives consumers the right to uncontested returns of products within two weeks and 30 days to exchange faulty products for a full refund, among other provisions.
From the KONG Extreme Dog Toy to the ZippyPaws Sea Buddies Burrow, Mashable presents a new list of canine playtime devices that meet some or all of five criteria for fun and functionality. Owners should make sure toys are safe, appropriately sized, meet their pets' preferences, promote learning and assist with dental health.
An array of soothing products, from high-tech to simple, is available for dogs that suffer separation anxiety when left home alone. The list includes collars and diffusers that dispense natural pheromones, jackets that mimic swaddling and a digital device called PetChatz that serves treats while conveying conversation with the owner.
The eight best automatic cat feeders for specific needs -- such as special diets, tight budgets and especially cool features -- are ranked in a new Mashable review. Tops overall is the PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder.
The Cape Coral, Fla., City Council is considering an ordinance to ban retail pet sales in an effort to discourage purchases from so-called puppy and kitten mills. The owner of the city's only pet store that would be affected opposes the measure, arguing it would abridge consumer rights and promote unregulated breeding.
Walmart recently surveyed its staffers to gauge their interest in perks including pet and child care services, gym memberships and signing bonuses. To compete in the current tight labor market, Walmart raised its hourly starting wage earlier this year, as did rival Target.
London-based OKA Direct has acquired Dallas home furnishings retailer Wisteria. Both are family-run companies that began as catalog businesses and OKA now has 14 stores that also offer design services, while Wisteria operates two locations and an e-commerce arm.
Hair-care veteran Andy Rah sees food as inspiration for his new company, Sauce Beauty, which will debut at Sally Beauty on Oct. 1. The line includes eight products made from ingredients like avocado, Greek yogurt and coconut water.
Captain Blankenship relies on a small team of women in the Hudson River Valley who harvest the plants used to create the company's clean beauty products. The business was born in founder Jana Blankenship's kitchen and can now be found at Target stores nationwide.