Wal-Mart goal: cut plastic bags by one third
September 25, 2008,
New York – Taking advantage of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting here today, mega-retailer Wal-Mart at the forum set a goal of reducing its plastic shopping bag wasted worldwide by 33% per store, within five years.
Matt Kistler, svp for sustainability of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., said, “If we can encourage consumers to change their behavior, just one bag at a time, we believe real progress can be made toward our goal of creating zero waste." He said the measures outlined could “eliminate plastic waste equivalent to 9 billion plastic bags per year from our existing stores alone.”
Gwen Ruta, vp for corporate partnerships at Environmental Defense Fund, a partner in the effort, said, “Plastic bags clog our landfills, litter our roadways, harm sea turtles and other wildlife, and gobble energy in production. With this initiative, Wal-Mart is demonstrating that innovation leads to both business and environmental benefits -- a premise that underpins EDF’s work. I look to retailers everywhere to do the same.”
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