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Walmart, Suppliers Launch Recycling Fund

WalmartWalmart announced a fund to invest $100 million in recycling infrastructure projects and joined CEOs from Kellogg, Coca-Cola, Monsanto and other major companies to sign sustainable agriculture and supply chain commitments at Walmart’s inaugural Sustainable Product Expo.

The three-day event, which kicked-off yesterday, included pledges from participating suppliers that joined with Walmart and the Walmart Foundation in announcing a recycling initiative called the Closed Loop Fund.

Other organizations involved in the expo include: Environmental Defense Fund, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Campbell Soup Company, PepsiCo, Keurig Green Mountain, Cargill, General Mills, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, Dairy Farmers of America and Goldman Sachs.

The expo highlighted initiatives to further expand access to sustainable products and create more transparency in the supply chain. For example, with Procter & Gamble, Walmart announced a commitment to a 25 percent reduction in water per dose for all liquid laundry detergent.

Working with Cargill, Walmart is developing a small-scale pilot focused on improved beef supply chain visibility, including increased traceability elements resulting in more visibility from farm to fork. This is part of Walmart’s goal to source 15 percent of its beef supply with environmental criteria by 2023.

Additionally, eight of the food companies announced sustainable food pledges, expected to bring 8 million acres of farmland into sustainable agriculture programs and eliminate 6 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Among these, Campbell committed to a goal of reducing GHG emissions and water use by 20 percent per ton of food for its five key agricultural ingredients (tomatoes, carrots, celery, potatoes and jalapenos).

Additionally General Mills committed to expand 2.5 times the acreage enrolled in the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture’s Field to Market sustainable agriculture initiative to 2.5 million acres by 2015. And Monsanto pledged to introduce data management tools that give farmers more choices to measurably improve nitrogen use efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions on at least 1 million acres by 2020.

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3 thoughts on “Walmart, Suppliers Launch Recycling Fund

  1. Great strides from other corporations to invest in recycling infrastructure projects, but Monsanto? I am afraid this corporation has to do much more than improve on Nitrogen use. Let’s begin with not using any GMO’s Monsanto.

  2. For nearly three years Texas Campaign for the Environment has been pressing Walmart to stand up for recycling by taking back electronic waste in their stores. While we hope that the new Closed Loop Fund will help keep materials out of landfills and incinerators, we urge Walmart to do more.
    Just as they have used their position to get major consumer brands to support municipal recycling, they should now turn to electronics manufacturers to offer a real solution for e-waste. Consumers should be able to bring back their used electronics to Walmart stores so recycling is as easy as buying a computer or TV.
    We support producer takeback recycling with manufacturers and retailers working together to provide sustainable solutions to communities across Texas and the United States.

  3. It would be great if I could just recycle all my old electronic goods at Walmart. They are (seemingly) in every town and it would be just as easy to make sure my electronic goods are being recycled responsibly as it is to buy a TV.

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