Category Archives: Sustainability

Walmart’s Sustainability Index Now Known as THESIS — SustainableBrands.com

Walmart’s sustainability index has become an industry standard. It also has a new name: THESIS. “Known to many as the Walmart Sustainability Index, this is the system used by Walmart and a number of other retailers to measure the sustainability progress of all their suppliers. Target, Amazon, Sam’s Club, Walgreens and Kroger are just a few of the other retailers using the system, which tracks the sustainability performance of products across over 100 consumer goods categories.” P.S. Walmart is a...

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Suppliers Invest in Better Packaging — RetailWire.com

CPG brands are actively working to improve their product packaging, making it more sustainable and functional: “While 85 percent of respondents said that they had been working toward changing packaging materials to make them more recyclable, there were other significant trends in the packaging landscape discussed in the study which all require investment in innovation. CPG companies have made moves into easier-to-open packaging (57 percent), single-serve packaging (51 percent) and packaging with different formats, printing and textures to match the...

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition Appoints New Executive Director — Fibre2Fashion.com

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, of which Walmart is a member, has appointed Amina Razvi as its new executive director: “’On behalf of the SAC Board, I am thrilled to announce Razvi’s appointment as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s executive director. Amina’s vision, exceptional accomplishments and leadership capabilities show that she is the leader we need to elevate the SAC into the future and drive measurable impact reductions,’ said Sean Cady, VF Corporation global vice president for sustainability and responsibility, and the...

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Consumers Concerned About Ethical Food Sourcing — FoodDive.com

U.S. consumers are talking about ethical and sustainable food sourcing issues online: “One-quarter of U.S. consumers are actively engaged in online conversations about responsible food sourcing, according to recent research from The Center for Food Integrity. The group analyzed millions of online engagements in real time and found more groups than just Generation Z are interested in ethical food sourcing.” P.S. Walmart is committed to sustainability and ethical sourcing and asks suppliers to participate in green initiatives. If you need...

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Food Waste Tied to Supply Chain — FoodDive.com

Food waste in the United States, and elsewhere, is a major issue. There is now evidence that at least some food waste is the result of supply chain inefficiencies: “While it may be easy to point fingers at picky American consumers as the heart of the problem, there are issues throughout the supply chain. 40% of the waste in North America is caused by something other than the consumer, according to FAO.” P.S. Walmart is committed to sustainability and asks...

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Greenpeace: Retailers Can Do More to Reduce Plastic Waste — GroceryDive.com

  Consumer awareness of sustainability issues has resulted in a movement to reduce single-use plastics in food packaging. Still, activist group Greenpeace believes that retailers could be doing more: “Single-use plastic reduction has been in the spotlight for months as consumer sentiment continues to favor eco initiatives, and Greenpeace’s new report could put even more pressure on retailers to cut back on plastic bags and packaging. Although many companies are making strides to reduce their footprint, more can be done,...

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Walmart, US Solar Announce Agreement for 36 Community Solar Gardens — Walmart.com

Walmart has signed an agreement to subscribe to US Solar’s community solar gardens: “‘Solar is a vital component of Walmart’s expanding renewable energy portfolio,’ said Mark Vanderhelm, Vice President of EnergyUS Solar’s 36 one-megawatt (MW) community solar gardens will generate clean, renewable energy and provide energy savings to Walmart locations in 13 separate counties. The first solar gardens have completed construction and the remainder are targeted to be online by the first half of 2020.for Walmart Inc.” P.S. Walmart is...

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Report: Canada to Ban Single-Use Plastics — CBC.ca

Canada is reportedly planning to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021: “According to the source, the full list of plastics to be banned by the federal government will follow the model chosen by the European Union, which voted in March to also ban products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags. Oxo-degradable plastics include additives that don’t completely biodegrade but fragment into small pieces and remain in the environment.” P.S. Walmart is committed to sustainability and asks suppliers to...

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Walmart Joins Retailers in Packaging Reduction Initiatives — Forbes.com

Walmart and other retailers are striving to reduce product packaging: “Product packaging represents 65% of household trash, and lots of discarded dollars. For every $10 shoppers spend on goods, 10% is tossed away in the form of packaging, according to the University of Southern Indiana.” P.S. Walmart is committed to sustainability and asks suppliers to participate in green initiatives. If you need help making sense of all this, our experts stand ready to help. Book an appointment today.

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Target Launches New Private Label Brand — CNBC

Target has launched a “green,” private label brand of household care products: “The launch is part of Target’s ongoing investment to roll out more in-house brands, including recent lines for apparel, furniture and home decor. The company is on track to have over two-dozen of its own new private labels in stores by the end of the year. These brands offer the retailer higher profit margins since it can set its own prices and bypass any middlemen.” P.S. Retailers are...

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