Laura Phillips, VP of Sustainability for Walmart

It has been almost exactly 10 years since Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. rolled out its Sustainable Packaging Scorecard—a tool that not only sparked, but also drove the conversation around sustainability in the packaging community for the next several years. Since then, the scorecard as a standalone process disappeared, replaced by Walmart’s Sustainability Index.

On Oct. 25, 2016, Walmart unveiled a Sustainable Packaging Playbook for suppliers that it says comprises best practices culled from its experience with the scorecard. Before the launch of the playbook at an event at Walmart’s Bentonville, AR, head office, Walmart Senior VP of Sustainability Laura Phillips sat down to talk with Packaging World about the evolution of these tools and how Walmart is using them to drive continuous improvement in its own and in major brand packaging.

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