The company issued a statement on Tuesday promising to have 100 percent recyclable packaging for all private-label products by 2025.

By Lauren Wicks
Updated March 01, 2019

Walmart announced a new commitment to sustainability on Tuesday, with a five-step program to reduce plastic waste entirely on their private-label items. This plan is set to impact over 30,000 items across Walmart and Sam’s Club locations nationwide. The plan is focused on targeting the retailer’s private label packaging and building upon the company’s existing efforts to limit plastic waste.

Walmart vowed to work with private brand suppliers nationwide to reduce waste by:

  • Seeking to achieve 100 percent recyclable, reusable, or industrially compostable packaging for private label products by 2025
  • Targeting 20 percent or more post-consumer recycled content in these products by 2025
  • Labeling all food and consumer private-label packaging with the HowToRecycle label by 2022
  • Working with suppliers to eliminate PVC from general merchandise packaging by 2020
  • Reducing plastic packaging for private label products when possible

Walmart is encouraging its suppliers to follow in their footsteps with their Project Gigatron platform, as part of the Walmart Sustainability Hub. These platforms serve to educate companies about best practices for waste reduction, and how to pursue recyclable packaging materials.

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According to the announcement, Walmart aspires “to achieve zero plastic waste by taking actions across its business and working with suppliers to use less plastic, recycle more and support innovations to improve plastic waste reduction systems.”

The announcement said Walmart  is currently working to meet this goal by offering low-cost but high-quality alternatives to single-use plastic, recycling shrink wrap in most markets, and providing better recycling education and access for consumers.

Many other massive product retailers and distributors are working towards a more sustainable future, too. Companies like Nestle, PepsiCo, and Procter & Gamble are also striving to reduce plastic waste by creating more recyclable metal and glass containers for their most popular products, such as orange juice, oatmeal, and deodorant. As these companies commit to streamlining the process and encouraging consumers to recycle their products, we anticipate even more to follow suit.