Walmart Canada makes less mean more

    Company to carry only concentrated powder laundry detergent; Customers
    get same value with less packaging and waste

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 30 /CNW/ - On the last day of its Earth Month
celebration, Walmart Canada announced that it will carry only concentrated
powder laundry detergent in all of its stores nationwide. Concentrated powder
laundry detergent gives customers the same or greater number of laundry loads
in a smaller box, reducing packaging waste and increasing efficiency across
the supply chain, by reducing truckloads, fuel consumption and warehouse space
    "The move to concentrated powder laundry detergent is a triple win - for
the environment, our customers and our business," said Jim Thompson, senior
vice president of merchandising and operations for Walmart Canada. "As we look
at our business from 360 degrees, and through the lens of sustainability, we
continue to seek ways to sustain the environment and our business at the same
time. Using less packaging means less spent on materials, shipping and less
space needed in our stores. At the same time, fewer natural resources are used
and less waste produced."
    On average, packaging for individual powder laundry detergent boxes has
been reduced by 35 per cent. All of the detergent is phosphate-free and the
packaging is made from 100 per cent recycled cardboard, which can be easily
recycled. Over the next year, the switch will save millions of pounds of
cardboard, take hundreds of trucks off the road and reduce fuel comsumption in
    Walmart Canada has a growing number of sustainable product and packaging
stories across its business. Last May, the company began carrying only
concentrated detergent in the liquid laundry category, a switch that will save
an estimated 25 million gallons of water, six million pounds of plastic resin,
eight million pounds of cardboard, 443,500 metric tonnes of carbon emissions
and take the equivalent of 1,220 trucks off the road over a three-year period.
    Also last May, the company phased out all PVC plastic packaging in the
energy saving light bulb category and replaced 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.
    Walmart Canada's goal is to reduce the packaging of products sold in its
stores by five per cent by 2013. The company will achieve this target
primarily through its "Packaging Scorecard," launching this spring, which will
assess suppliers' products on the basis of the sustainability of their
packaging. Going forward, Walmart Canada's intent is to make the
sustainability of packaging a key criterion when selecting products to put on
its shelves.
    "Ninety-two per cent of our environmental footprint is related to the
packaging of products we carry on our shelves," said Thompson. "In order to
meet our ambitious sustainability goal, to produce zero waste, we must
continue to look at our own operations, but also engage our suppliers and
challenge them to make products and packaging with the environment in mind."

    About Walmart Canada

    Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 312 locations nationwide,
serving more than one millions Canadians each day. With 80,000 associates, it
is the nation's fourth largest employer. The company has three long-term
sustainability goals: To operate a zero-waste business; To be powered 100 per
cent by renewable energy; To make environmentally preferable products
available to Canadians.

For further information:

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

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