By 2025, Walmart's Private Brands Will All Use Sustainable Packaging
2019-03-12 09:29 Tuesday
Walmart Inc. unveiled plans to reduce plastic waste by making packaging more sustainable for products from private suppliers, with the goal of 100% recyclable, reusable or industrial-compostable packaging by 2025.
The company said it would work with private brand suppliers in the U.S. to eliminate non-recyclable packaging material polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from general merchandise packaging by 2020, and aims to achieve at least 20% of the recyclable components in private brand packaging by 2025.
In addition, Walmart wants to minimize the use of private brand plastic packaging, and aims to label 100% of food and consumable private brand packaging as how2recycling by 2022, which clearly communicate recycling signals to the public.
The move, announced on February 26 at Walmart's annual supplier forum, is expected to affect more than 30,000 SKUs.
Laura Phillips, SVP of global sustainability at Walmart, said in a statement: "As a global retailer, we have set an ambitious goal of zero waste. We fully recognize that reducing plastic waste by increasing the recycling of packaging is an area where Walmart can lead."
"Today's announcement marks another important milestone in our partnership with brand suppliers to deliver high quality, sustainable products as part of Walmart's daily low-price commitment."
Walmart has also launched a new recycling handbook aimed at informing companies pursuing recyclable and recycled packaging goals. This handbook provides an overview of which types of plastic packaging are easier to recycle and provides information on the recycling challenges of certain packaging materials.
To achieve the goal of zero waste, Walmart is taking a number of initiatives, including:
1. Provide low-cost alternatives for straw, tableware, disposable tabletop and other disposable plastic consumer goods.
2. Provide access to plastic bags and film recycling bins.
3. To encourage suppliers to use the how2recycling label on their packaging, and more than 800 Walmart 's own label suppliers participated last year.