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Supervalu to Go Zero Waste at 40 Stores; Puma Bag Dissolves in Water

Supervalu Inc. and its Albertsons brand of supermarkets have announced that they will move 40 stores to be zero waste by the end of next February, Waste & Recycling News reports.

The announcement was made as part of Supervalu’s 2011 corporate social responsibility report. The report shows that the retailer was the first in the U.S. to achieve zero waste classification, for two Albertsons stores in Santa Barbara, Calif., the website reports.

EL will publish an in-depth review of this report soon.

In other waste and packaging news, Puma has debuted its “clever little shopper” bags, which the company says are 100 percent biodegradable and will decompose in compost heaps in three months, Psfk reports. The cornstarch-based bags can also be dissolved in water in minutes, Puma says. It predictst hat the bags will save 192 tons of plastic and 293 tons of paper each year.

Meanwhile, Kimberly-Clark has expanded its membership in the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), a WWF initiative to eliminate illegal logging and conserve the world’s most valuable and threatened forests. Kimberly-Clark will now include its worldwide operations in the initiative, building on its existing GFTN membership in select countries, the company says.

Finally, the trade group European Bioplastics BV has criticized a North Carolina State University study that said biodegradable products do more harm than good in landfills, Waste & Recycling News reports.

The group said the study, titled “Is Biodegradability a Desirable Attribute for Discarded Solid Waste?” is misleading because it only examines one grade of bioplastics, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs).

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4 thoughts on “Supervalu to Go Zero Waste at 40 Stores; Puma Bag Dissolves in Water

  1. That Puma bag doesn’t dissolve in cold water so it is still going to be a danger to aquatic life when it hits a waterway. The red dye looked disgusting going down the drain and they may claim that dye is eco-friendly, but they provided no data to back it up so I am sorry, not clever enough.

  2. Just what we need – a bag that melts when you put cold, sweating groceries into it. Brilliant idea guys. Just more proof that grocery corporate management doesn’t thing things thru properly.

  3. So um……. what do people do when it rains? Rain isn’t always cold.

    Once again, a 10 for effort but minus several million for good thinking!

  4. A comment above says the bag won’t dissolve in cold water. Is it more energy efficient to heat water for bag dissolving, or to burn the bag?

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