In a public-private partnership with retailers, North Carolina began an education program encouraging consumers to recycle plastic bags. Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Ingles, Kroger, Lowes Foods, Target and Walmart are among the retailers participating in the "A Bag's Life" campaign, which includes a website that shows bag drop-off sites.
BusinessWeek columnist Karen E. Klein has gathered 11 tips from small-business experts on how to turn a struggling business around and get ready for growth. Among them: Paul Rauseo of Chicago consultancy George S. May International, who says don't stop selling and don't cut your marketing budget.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set a new voluntary standard for livestock and meat marketed as "naturally raised." To qualify for the designation, which previously had no official definition, the animals must be raised without growth promoters, most antibiotics and animal byproducts.