Seems like Wal-Mart has flown under the radar in playing it’s part in going green. Recently Wal-Mart released it’s latest sustainability report, which shows how much it has reduced waste, increased locally grown produce, increased renewable energy usage, and a whole lot of other interesting things. Here are some more interesting facts:
- 80.9% of Wal-Mart’s waste from US operations was diverted from landfills last year—a figure achieved by “recycling, donating, and repurposing waste.”
- Locally grown produce now makes up 10% of all Wal-Mart food sales in the US. That’s an increase of 97% over the previous year. Wal-Mart defines local as grown and sold within the same state.
- Wal-Mart used 1.1 billion kWh of green electricity last year, moving it up to second-place in the EPA rankings of onsite renewable energy generation—a ranking, it’s worth noting, Wal-Mart achieved by only counting stores in certain states as participating in the program.
- Wal-Mart has saved customers $1 billion via “reducing or eliminating the price premium on more than 350 better-for-you items including low-sodium lunch meat, reduced fat peanut butter and fat-free salad dressing.