Wal-Mart to Reduce Plastic Bag Waste by 33 Percent

Wal-Mart has announced that they plan to cut their plastic bag waste by a third by 2013.

They plan to achieve this goal by selling reusable bags. Wal-Mart already sells reusable bags for a dollar each, but they plan to make these even more affordable, with a cheaper model being released next month in Arkansas. 

The initiative is expected to cut the equivalent of 9 billion plastic bags from stores each year, and eliminate more than 135 million pounds of plastic waste globally in the next five years. 

Wal-Mart say that their aim is to reduce plastic bag waste by 25 percent in the U.S., and 50 percent worldwide.

Matt Kistler, senior vice president for sustainability at Wal-Mart says:

If we can encourage consumers to change their behavior, just one bag at a time, we believe real progress can be made toward our goal of creating zero waste”

This is encouraging news, although I wonder what’s stopping them from aiming a bit higher. A 25% reduction in the U.S. doesn’t seem like much. But I guess it’s a good start. 

And at least the world will have 9 billion less paper bags each year.

Then, we’ll need to figure out how to get rid of the other 999,999,991,000,000,000 plastic bags that we use each year!Wal-Mart to Reduce Plastic Bag Waste by 33 Percent

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