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FLEXO Magazine : August 2009
INDICAtORs INDustRY WaL-MarT PacKaging achieVeMenTs • Packaging is at the nexus of every global supply chain and customer relationship because for nearly every product sold in stores, there is both primary and secondary packaging. Small changes to packaging can have signifi cant impacts on the use of materials, manufacturing, shipping containers, trucks, storage, refrigeration, waste and energy used for production. Together with our suppliers, we are making great strides to improve packaging and reduce our footprint on the environment. • On Sept. 26, 2007 at the Clinton Global Initiative, Wal-Mart pledged to transition all of the liquid laundry detergent on its shelves to the concentrated “compact” versions of detergent by May 2008. We project that this change will save more than 125 million pounds of cardboard, 95 million pounds of plastic resin and 400 million gallons of water. • In 2006, Sam’s Club reduced the amount of packaging in its digital media department by 50 percent. As part of this change, we worked with Apple to convert iPod packaging to 100 percent renewable, recyclable and more sustainable materials. The package is also reusable and dramatically reduced in size. • In 2005, Wal-Mart’s packaging team partnered with select private label brand suppliers to improve the packaging on nearly 300 items in its Kid Connection toy line. By making the packaging a little smaller on this one toy line, we used 497 fewer shipping containers and generated freight savings of more than $2.4 million per year. We estimate that more than 3,800 trees and 1,000 barrels of oil were saved. • Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club have been actively working with their private label suppliers to increase the sustainability of their packaging. One product that has made sustainable packaging changes is the apple juice sold under the private Member’s Mark label at Sam’s Club. This packaging is produced using 100 percent renewable energy generated from hydroelectric plants that use moving water to generate electricity. The mill and converting process of the packaging has also realized a 35 percent gain in energy effi ciency by integrating new technologies throughout the operations. • In 2005, Wal-Mart committed to converting out of PVC packaging on all private brand items where suitable alternatives exist. To date, we have redesigned 75 items to eliminate PVC as a packaging material. • Our buyers are helping us identify where packaging can be improved. One of our buyers pointed out that an infant car seat could easily be transported in a thick plastic cover instead of a large, bulky box. With this change, we were able to store more car seats on our distribution trucks, causing our shipping and fuel costs to drop, and now our customers can see and touch the seat before they purchase it. • Select produce packaged in corn-based NatureWorks PLA can be found in all of our stores and Clubs. All of Wal-Mart’s cut fruit and 40 ounce vegetable trays are packaged with this sustainable material, and some of the 9 ounce vegetable trays, bags of spinach and green onions are also packaged in PLA. When we changed the packaging on just four produce items to PLA in 2005, we saved approximately 800,000 gallons of gasoline and prevented more than11 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from polluting our environment. • Since 2006, we host an annual Sustainable Packaging Exposition where approximately 2,000 product suppliers meet with 130 packaging suppliers to learn more about sustainable packaging innovations and options for their products. Participation at the exposition increases every year. source: Walmart.com www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g Augus t 20 0 9 F LEXO 2 1