Wal-Mart Canada phases out plastic packaging across entire product category


    Company makes sustainable packaging changes to CFL bulbs and supports its
    goal to reduce the packaging of products sold in its stores

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - Supporting its goal to reduce the
packaging of products sold in its stores, Wal-Mart Canada announced today that
it will phase out all PVC plastic packaging in the energy saving light bulb
category and replace it with more environmentally preferable cardboard
packaging. The change will eliminate an estimated 150,000 pounds of PVC
plastic waste each year, increase package recyclability and save natural
resources.
    Over 65 per cent of the new cardboard packaging is made from 100 per cent
recycled material and 30 per cent use vegetable dye in the ink process.  The
company is also carrying the first widely available low-mercury compact
fluorescent light bulb (CFL) in its stores nationwide.
    "Just eight per cent of Wal-Mart Canada's environmental footprint is
related to our own operations," said Guy McGuffin, vice president and
sustainable packaging network leader at Wal-Mart Canada. "The remainder is
linked to the products we sell, so we've been working for some time with
suppliers and challenging them to make products and packaging with the
environment in mind."
    Wal-Mart has a goal to reduce the packaging on the products sold in its
stores by five per cent by 2013. It is estimated that this change will have
the equivalent impact of removing 213,000 trucks from the road, saving
approximately 324,000 tonnes of coal and 67 million gallons of diesel fuel
each year.
    The company has introduced a packaging scorecard to help it achieve this
goal, which looks at factors such as the energy used to create packaging,
whether packaging can be reduced or eliminated, recyclability and whether
materials used are renewable, biodegradable or compostable. The scorecard will
be an important tool for Wal-Mart Canada buyers when selecting the products
the company carries on its shelves.
    "While our primary aim is to achieve our goal of producing zero waste, we
also hope to be a catalyst for change across the packaging and retail
industry," added McGuffin. "We want to share with other retailers and the
business world at-large that packaging changes make sense from both an
environmental and business perspective. Reducing packaging means less money
spent on materials, shipping and less space taken on our shelves. At the same
time, fewer natural resources are used and less waste is produced."
    Wal-Mart Canada has 14 internal networks working to incorporate
sustainability throughout the company in areas ranging from packaging to
logistics. Since 2005, Wal-Mart has been actively involved in environmental
sustainability and working towards three long-term goals globally and in
Canada:1. To produce zero waste;
    2. To be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy; and,
    3. To make more environmentally preferable products available to
       customers.For more information on how Wal-Mart Canada is contributing to the
greener good, please visit: www.forthegreenergood.ca.

    About Wal-Mart Canada

    Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. operates 299
retail outlets nationwide. The company's vision is to demonstrate
environmental leadership by reducing the ecological impact of its operations
through company-wide programs focused on waste, energy and products, as well
as outreach programs that preserve and enhance local environments.




For further information: Karin Campbell, corporate affairs, Wal-Mart
Canada, (905) 821-2111 x 4042