Walmart goes green — and improves the bottom line

I have a love/hate relationship with Walmart. While the media — whether book or movie form — loves to pick on the colossal, I can’t help but feel bad for them. Are the other large retailers, such as Target, blameless?

Raleigh’s News & Observer wrote up Wal-Mart on June 15 with the headline “Rethink. Reuse. Reduce Waste.” The article stated that WMT is making “dozens of changes as part of an aggressive plan to reduce waste and make its stores more environmentally friendly. The green initiative will save Wal- Mart millions on energy bills and in some cases reap it a tidy profit. Even Wal-Mart’s critics say that Wal-Mart’s initiative will help the environment simply because it has so many stores

Bill Staton from The Stanton Institute makes some great points about how Walmart is setting the pace on protecting the environment.

One goal is to reduce solid waste from U.S. operations 25% by the end of next year. Another is to make stores 30% more energy efficient within five years. The company will spend around $500 million each year in sustainable technology. Some current moves include buying more local products to reduce shipping charges, packaging with packages made from water and corn that are 100% biodegradable, reducing plastic in kids
toys, shipping more product directly to stores and avoiding distribution centers, and certifying that all fish/frozen seafood is caught in a safe manner using sustainable fishing methods.


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