More than 4,000 Wal-Mart stores across the nation have transitioned to concentrated liquid laundry detergent, saving significant amounts of natural resources
Bentonville, Ark., May 29, 2008 – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced it achieved its goal to offer only concentrated liquid laundry detergent in all of its U.S. and Canadian stores. The commitment was originally made by Lee Scott, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., at the Clinton Global Initiative on September 26, 2007. The transition to selling only concentrated detergent has acted as a catalyst to transform the entire liquid laundry detergent category across the retail industry and save vast amounts of natural resources.
“This commitment moves us closer to our goal to drive waste out of our supply chain while continuing to offer our customers affordable, environmentally friendly products,” said Matt Kistler, Wal-Mart’s senior vice president of sustainability. “The innovative thinking and strategic collaboration with our suppliers was key to making this project and commitment a success for our customers, our suppliers and our business.”
By selling only concentrated liquid laundry detergent, Wal-Mart is helping to save significant amounts of natural resources. Over three years in the United States, the commitment is expected to save:
- more than 400 million gallons of water
- more than 95 million pounds of plastic resin
- and more than 125 million pounds of cardboard.
For water alone, this is equivalent to 100 million showers or one car wash for every car owner in California. Since approximately 25 percent of the liquid laundry detergent sold in the United States is sold through Wal-Mart stores, the potential savings in natural resources throughout the entire retail industry could be four times greater.
Since October 2007, Wal-Mart has been gradually phasing-out larger bottles of detergent and filling the shelf space with compact versions. The transition occurred in waves starting in the Southern region with Florida and Texas and finishing in the Northeast this week with New York and Massachusetts. Wal-Mart worked with each of its leading detergent manufacturers to bring concentrated versions of brand favorites to market, including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Dial, Huish, and Church & Dwight. Through the commitment, Wal-Mart expects to sell more than 800 million units of concentrated detergent over the next three years.
The laundry compaction commitment builds upon Wal-Mart’s first Clinton Global Initiative commitment to reduce packaging by 5 percent by 2013. Both commitments reflect the company’s mission to reduce waste and provide its customers with affordable, environmentally friendly products that help them save money and live better.
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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and its foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the company supports initiatives focused on enhancing opportunities in education, job skills training, sustainability, and health and human services. In 2007, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $296 million to communities across the United States. To learn more, visit www.walmartstores.com/community.
NOTE: A copy of the commitment made by Wal-Mart at the Clinton Global Initiative can be downloaded by visiting www.walmartstores.com.