During its recent Sustainability Milestone Summit Walmart has announced its new commitments to become a regenerative company. In an official statement, Jane Ewing, Walmart’s Senior Vice President Sustainability, announced the next steps on the company’s green journey.
By 2025, the US retail giant aims to achieve a 15% absolute reduction of its virgin plastic footprint. This includes any plastic that is produced from new materials, rather than recycled ones and shall be reached by reducing the amount of plastic used altogether, as well as replacing with recycled content and reusing materials. This goal is part of Walmart’s work with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and is in addition to the existing target to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable, or industrially compostable private-brand packaging by 2025.
In apparel, the retailer is expanding the scope for its goal to source 100% more sustainable cotton and 50% recycled polyester for Private Brand apparel and soft home textile products by 2025. Those goals move beyond Walmart U.S. to include Sam’s Club U.S. and Walmart Canada Private Brand apparel and home textiles as well.
Additionally, by 2025, Walmart U.S. will require suppliers to ensure that none of the manmade cellulosic fibers—including rayon/viscose, modal, lyocell, acetate and trademarked versions—sourced for Walmart U.S. Private Brand apparel and soft home textile products are derived from ancient or endangered forests, or from endangered species’ habitats or other controversial sources, as defined by the nonprofit organization Canopy.
By 2025, Walmart will require suppliers to ensure that none of the manmade cellulosic fibers are derived from ancient or endangered forests.
“Walmart joining CanopyStyle is a game-changer. Their global reach and influence on supply chains is second to none. Their commitment will turbocharge the transformation of the viscose supply chain to protect forests and draw Next Generation Solutions to the market at scale,” said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Executive Director.