In addition to partnering with manufacturing companies in offering eco-friendly products, Lowe's is also revamping their customer service checkout process. Similar to a number of other stores (such as Barnes and Noble), when you checkout of the checkout line, the cashier usually asks whether you need a bag. Yes, a simple question of whether you need a bag enables customers to refuse the plastic bag and simply push their bought items (in the shopping cart) and load it directly into their cars.
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I am advocating that Lowe's and other home improvement stores start accepting used leftover renovation items (e.g. old tiles, toilets, carpets, etc.) on behalf of contractors who renovate homes instead of having all of these items going to landfills. Similar to car battery exchange programs and gas grill exchange programs, Lowe's should consider offering durable goods items exchange program so that they can ship the used items back to manufacturers for recycling.