Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Promoting Pollution Prevention Through Information Exchange
   

GLRPPR Sector Resource: Walmart’s Greenwash: How the Company’s Much-publicized Sustainability Campaign Falls Short, While Its Relentless Growth Devastates the Environment

Title:
Walmart’s Greenwash: How the Company’s Much-publicized Sustainability Campaign Falls Short, While Its Relentless Growth Devastates the Environment

Abstract:
Examines all aspects of the major retailers environmental impact to see how sustainable Walmart really is. Key findings include: -- At its current pace, Walmart will need roughly 300 years to reach its goal of 100 percent renewable energy. As of 2011, Walmart was deriving only 2 percent of its U. S. electricity from its wind and solar projects. -- Walmart's greenhouse gas emissions are increasing rapidly. Its energy efficiency and renewable projects are too modest to match the scale of the company's operations. -- Walmart's price pressure on manufacturers is undermining the quality and durability of consumer goods, which has contributed to a sharp increase in the amount of stuff Americans buy and a doubling of the trash households generate. -- Walmart has not addressed the habitat and climate impacts of its land development practices. The retailer continues to build sprawling stores on undeveloped land, often just a few miles from older, vacated Walmart stores. -- Walmart has made little progress toward its goal of developing a Sustainability Index to rate consumer products. -- With its share of U. S. grocery sales at 25 percent and growing, Walmart is driving further consolidation and industrialization in our food supply, harming the environment and small-scale agriculture. -- Walmart's campaign donations heavily favor candidates who consistently vote against the environment.

URL:
http://www.newrules.org/retail/news/new-report-walmarts-greenwash

Source:
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
2012

Associated Sectors:

GLRPPR is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest).

P2Rx

One East Hazelwood Drive; Champaign, IL; 61820; (800) 407-0261; glrppr@istc.illinois.edu