Wal-Mart Canada to host Green Product Fair



    Suppliers of environmentally-friendly products to join Wal-Mart buyers
    for innovative sustainability event

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - As part of its company-wide program to drive
environmental best practices throughout both its operation and the Canadian
marketplace, Wal-Mart Canada announced today it will host a Green Product Fair
tailored to Canadian suppliers on August 29 in Montreal. The event will give
suppliers of environmentally-friendly products the chance to showcase their
merchandise to a range of Wal-Mart Canada buyers. The fair is designed to
expand the scope of green products already available to Canadians at Wal-Mart
stores across the country.
    The event is the latest initiative in Wal-Mart Canada's vast Greener Good
program launched earlier this year to drive the company's long-range goals to
generate zero waste, to be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy, and to be
a leader in providing products that are good for the environment.
    "As Canadians we are all increasingly sensitive to the environmental
origins, production and impact of the products we buy," said Andrew Pelletier,
Vice-President of Corporate Affairs for Wal-Mart Canada. "We believe it is
important to make room on our shelves for an increasing range of green
products supplied by Canadian companies."
    Wal-Mart has already seen significant increases this year in the volume
of green products available in its Canadian stores. Since launching its
Greener Good program the retailer has increased its offering of CFL Bulbs,
Energy Star Products and Organic Cotton Clothing. For instance the retailer
has already sold more than 2.2 million CFL Bulbs this year, a 75 per cent
increase over last year.
    Throughout its operation, this year alone Wal-Mart Canada also expects to
reduce waste by more than 87 million kilograms and reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by approximately 20,000 tons of Co2 through an array of
waste-reduction and energy-saving programs.

    Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates a growing network of 292 outlets nationwide. The company
employs more than 70,000 Canadians and has been ranked one of the best
companies to work for in Canada four out of the past five years by
human-resources firm Hewitt Associates and Report on Business Magazine.
    To view the recently published Wal-Mart Canada Corporate Values Report
please visit www.walmart.ca





For further information:

For further information: Yanik Deschênes, (514) 206-4619 or Christi
Gallagher, 905 821-2111, ext. 4042


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