Companies Implementing Zero Waste

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Companies Implementing Zero Waste Walmart is a company that has started implementing the Zero Waste program. Walmart’s goal is to one day no longer have dumpsters behind their stores and clubs, and to reach that goal Walmart is motivating their associates and suppliers around the world to find a solutions to excess food and develop ways to turn waste into revenue. On Walmart’s website they stated, “In 2011, Walmart has reduced waste in our U.S. operations by more than 80 percent, returning more than $231 million to the business last year. The reduction, which brings Walmart closer to our goal to create zero waste, has the potential to prevent 11.8 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually ("Walmart Corporate - Walmart's goal is to create zero waste).” There are three things that Walmart’s main focus is going to be. The first thing that Walmart is focusing on is packaging. Walmart rethinking their processes and product presentation so they can cut back on unnecessary waste and save their customers money. “During the first 10 months of 2011, we used about 14.4 million footwear replenishment boxes, reducing paper consumption by 692 tons, the environmental equivalent of more than 2,500 trees. We also avoided 400,000 pounds of solid waste and consumed 2.4 million fewer gallons of water. We also eliminated more than 1 billion feet of wire ties from our toy packaging – enough to wrap around the earth nearly 8 times ("Walmart Corporate - Walmart Global Responsibility: Packaging”).” Walmart’s second goal is to get their customers to use reusable canvas bags and eliminate plastic bags. “In 2011, we reduced plastic bag waste across our global operations by approximately 3.1 billion bags, a 35% reduction per store from our 2007 baselin... ... middle of paper ... ...." Walmart Corporate - Walmart Global Responsibility: Plastic Bags. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2014. . "Walmart Corporate - Walmart's goal is to create zero waste.." Walmart Corporate - Walmart's goal is to create zero waste.. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2014. . "Zero Waste Home." Zero Waste Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2014. . "ZW Business Principles - Zero Waste International Alliance." Zero Waste International Alliance. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. . "ZW Definition - Zero Waste International Alliance." Zero Waste International Alliance. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. .
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