Walmart’s promised green product rankings fall off the radar

Date: 22 Nov 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2009, Walmart unveiled grand plans to create a Sustainability Index that would, within five years, result in green labels for all the products it sells. Two and a half years later, the project has fallen far short and seems unlikely to ever deliver a green rating system. Nor is there much evidence that greener products are edging out more damaging ones on Walmart’s shelves.… Read More

Think Walmart uses 100% clean energy? Try 2%

Date: 18 Nov 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2005, Walmart announced that it was setting a goal of being “supplied by 100 percent renewable energy” — and has since received a steady stream of positive press for its commitment. But six years later, the giant retailer still derives less than 2 percent of its electricity from its solar projects and wind-power purchases. At its current pace of converting to renewables, it would take Walmart about 300 years to get to 100 percent clean power.… Read More

Is your stuff falling apart? Thank Walmart

Date: 11 Nov 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chairs don’t hold together like they used to. Neither do toys, toasters, vacuum cleaners, or Levi’s. Walmart, with its relentless demands that manufacturers cut costs, has been a major force in making our products shoddier — and that has us heading back to the store more often to buy still more stuff.… Read More

Walmart’s greenwash: Why the retail giant is still unsustainable

Date: 7 Nov 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The world’s biggest retailer has gotten lots of great press since it launched its sustainability campaign six years ago, but in many key areas it hasn’t actually gotten greener. It’s pumping out more CO2, paving over more land, and selling more flimsy products than ever before. In this Grist special series, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell takes a hard look at Walmart’s real environmental impact.… Read More

Why is Michelle Obama’s food initiative promoting Walmart?

Date: 22 Jul 2011 | posted in: Retail | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I winced yesterday when James Gavin, chair of the Partnership for a Healthier America, said he’d like to see Walmart double its U.S. store count. He was speaking at Michelle Obama’s event announcing that several retailers will open stores in “food deserts.” It was a sort of half-jokey remark, but, still, in a conversation about food in America, the suggestion that Walmart should have an even bigger role in our food system is pretty disturbing. This is a company that already captures 25 percent of grocery sales nationally and more than 50 percent in some metro areas.… Read More

Miles Driven for Shopping Continues to Climb, But Pace Slows

Date: 6 May 2010 | posted in: Retail | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While the number of miles logged going to work, social events, and other activities declined over the last decade, the number of miles families drive for shopping each year continued climb. … Read More

Keep Your Eyes on the Size: The impossibility of a green Wal-Mart

Date: 28 Mar 2007 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Walmart’s sustainability campaign cannot be dismissed as greenwashing. It’s actually far more dangerous than that. Wal-Mart’s initiatives have just enough meat to have distracted much of the environmental movement, along with most journalists and many ordinary people, from the fundamental fact that, as a system of distributing goods to people, big-box retailing is as intrinsically unsustainable as clear-cut logging is as a method of harvesting trees.… Read More

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