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Newsweek reports that this week marks the shift by Wal-Mart in employee wardrobe, from the “iconic bright blue vests and smocks” to khakis and navy blue polo shirts that have the Wal-Mart logo.

One of the most interesting points of the story, however, has to do with what the company plans to do with the old vests and smocks, more than one million of which could end up having a minor environmental impact once disposed of.

“In August, the retailer will announce that it's converting the old uniforms into free supplies for the U.S. military,” Newsweek writes. “In partnership with the VFW Foundation and Hallmark, Wal-Mart's used vests will become lap blankets, to be handed out at Veterans Administration hospitals in November, and packages of greeting cards, which will be sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for the holidays.”

If you want a vest, though, there are options – you can get one for as little as five bucks on eBay.
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