Environmentally improved products

In 2010, more of the products we sold on our shelves were environmentally improved. From wood and paper products sourced from responsibly managed forests to collaborations to increase recycled content in many of the products we sell, we are delivering the goods and transparency our customers expect. A sampling of key accomplishments include:

  • More than 80 percent of the paper notebooks and 100 percent of copy paper items sold in Walmart U.S. stores during the 2010 back-to-school season were derived from certified, responsibly managed forests.
  • As of January 2010, all private branded Garanimal wooden preschool toys sold in our U.S. stores were certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
  • In fall 2010, Walmart U.S. introduced our Mission Wood Arm Futon, the first FSC-certified wood item in Home Furnishings. Our Better Homes and Gardens® Oakmore computer desk and TV stand are now also manufactured from FSC-certified wood.
  • To improve the transparency of our wood supply chain, we worked with Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club suppliers of wood and paper products – including furniture, décor, stationery, paper, tissue and baby products – to enhance visibility of these products. For select suppliers, we collected and verified documentation to ensure legality for the source.
  • In partnership with the Global Forest and Trade Network, we held training for our China-based suppliers of wood products to communicate our timber-sourcing expectations and share best practices in responsible supply chain management for forestry products. This commenced at our Walmart office in Shenzhen in 2010.
Improved products
  • Through 2010, we recycled 14 million pounds of tire rubber into our outdoor mats. The backings of these mats are made with rubber from waste car and truck tires, including tires from our own logistics fleet.
  • We redesigned our Mainstays and Canopy™ contour bath mats, which has eliminated approximately 42,900 pounds of waste fiber and latex backing from production since fall 2010.
  • To date, we have recycled 325,000 pounds of polystyrene for use in our poster and picture frames. These frames are made from recycled Walmart packaging waste.
  • For fall 2010, we redesigned Mainstays bath essentials packaging to eliminate break packs, reducing corrugate use by 73,000 pounds and plastic by 72,000 pounds.

U.S.: In 2006, we set a goal of reducing energy consumption in the United States by selling 100 million compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) at Walmart and Sam's Club locations by the end of 2007. We exceeded that expectation by selling 137 million. By the end of 2010, we had sold more than 460 million CFLs.

Sam's Club created a symbol based on how a product is created, processed and distributed by the manufacturer to ensure that it is environmentally preferred. You can find the logo on products ranging from pet beds to LCD TVs, and you will also find it next to tips and services that promote more sustainable living. The purpose is to drive sustainable innovation and awareness, provide direction on the products and practices we want and create member loyalty by enhancing perception of quality and sustainability. Currently there are 175 approved items.

Brazil: During its Mês da Terra (Earth Month) celebration in July 2010, Walmart Brazil utilized Twitter® to encourage customers to incorporate more environmentally preferred products into their daily lives. About 4,500 tweets were received from Internet users about what they were doing to preserve life and the environment, while 85,000 people were informed through the social media campaign. Over the course of the month, some sustainable products on our shelves registered up to a 70 percent increase in sales.

China: In March 2010, we kicked off a series of activities in recognition of Earth Month, including energy-saving tips, green product campaigns and tree plantings. During this month, we reduced our own store lighting by one-third, saving 1 million kWh of electricity. More than 180 stores in 94 cities across China held related events.