From a new reusable bags campaign to ‘Project Gigaton’ and new sustainable textile goals.
For the first time, reusable bags will be available to customers for purchase across checkout carousels at its US stores. Reduction of plastic waste, as well as improved customer convenience, are the main drivers of this initiative, which was announced at its 2019 Sustainability Milestone Summit.
The new range of reusable bags are manufactured with post-consumer recycled materials. At this year’s summit, the two-year anniversary of ‘Project Gigaton’ has been highlighted, which is a platform shared with Walmart’s suppliers that aims to eliminate 1 billion tons (a gigaton) of emissions from its worldwide value chains by 2030. Within the last two years, several suppliers have delivered results and reported eliminating more than 93 million tons of emissions.
Aiming for a sustainable sourcing of textiles
Walmart also announced a couple of new sustainability targets for its apparel and soft home textiles section within US stores:
- Sourcing more sustainable fibres
- Reducing manufacturing impact
Increasing the availability of electric vehicle charging stations
As of 2018, Walmart has made electronic vehicle charging stations available at retail locations across 29 states.
It has also outlined its progress towards its goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy, and to have 50% of its operations powered with renewable energy by 2025. Essentially, it has sealed agreements for the construction of 136 new solar and wind projects which will eventually supply the equivalent electricity usage of over 260,000 homes a year.
Walmart has taken several sustainability measures over the last few years. Check out the Walmart hub for more on its initiatives.