Wal-Mart's sustainability efforts to be driven by improved packaging

Dive Brief:

    • Wal-Mart hosted a “Sustainable Packaging Summit” at its headquarters this week to discuss sustainability initiatives with its suppliers and merchants. The Summit focused on source sustainability, optimized design of products and best practices to increase recycling.
    • Wal-Mart noted that it is collaborating with many organizations to reach sustainability goals including the Closed Loop Fund, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), Association of Plastic Recyclers and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC).
    • In an interview with Waste Dive’s sister publication Retail Dive, Wal-Mart SVP of Sustainability Laura Phillips noted that improved packaging is the driving force behind company big goals, like zero waste. “We’ve learned from customers that a key element of product for them is the packaging and that they really can be frustrated by either too much packaging on a product or if they would like to recycle a product and they’re not sure what to do with it,” she said.

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