Greetings Spinach Followers! My name is Ryan C. aka TheGreenLight and I am a new contributor to the Spinach team. Like my spinach colleagues, I will be posting on green “hot topics” and give you tips how you can make decisions that will protect your health, the environment, and save you money. I plan to highlight all types of topics and how they relate to our environment; I will provide a few sentences about the story and leave the rest to your imagination. I want to get right to it – Wal-Mart made quite the announcement yesterday – you’ll find out more about me later this week.
Whether you love or hate Wal-Mart, I have some good news to share about the nation’s largest retailer (good news is good news, no matter who it’s from). Today, Wal-Mart announced that it plans to recycle or reuse 80% of the waste produced in its U.S. stores and operations. Impressive!
In 2005, Wal-Mart created an ambitious initiative to address many of its faults which included a zero waste goal, zero waste to landfill goal, pollution reduction, and fuel efficiency improvements to its delivery truck fleets. Wal-Mart admits it has not met all of its goals, but it has improved fuel efficiency among its fleets by 69% compared to 2005 levels, and it has reduced waste by 64% compared to 2009! Headquartered in Arkansas, Wal-Mart has been quoted as hiring many transplant “closet environmentalists” from Washington, D.C. Just last year, Wal-Mart signed a healthy foods agreement with first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to improve access and reduce the price of healthy foods for consumers. For now Wal-Mart is here to stay, and the best option is to work with the retail giant and encourage their practices that keep our country’s air and waters clean. Next time you’re in Wal-Mart see if they’re recycling and if they’re greening their store branch. Cheers.