In the latest packaging reduction from Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Canada announced it will eliminate the use of PVC in CFL light bulb packaging sold in its stores.
The retail giant is working with suppliers to switch to a new more eco-friendly cardboard based packaging. The change is estimated to save 150,000 pounds of PVC plastic.
Over 65 percent of the new cardboard packaging is made from 100 percent recycled material and 30 percent is printed with vegetable based inks Wal-Mart Canada said.
One of Wal-Mart Canada's largest CFL suppliers is Globe Electric. According to the company they have developed new packaging for the Globe enersaver line. "Traditional clamshell packaging, which requires large amounts of plastic, has been replaced with packaging made primarily from paperboard. The new packaging is sleek, refined and leaves a much smaller environmental footprint," the company said in a statement.
“Just eight percent of Wal-Mart Canada's environmental footprint is related to our own operations,” said Guy McGuffin, vice president and sustainable packaging network leader at Wal-Mart Canada. “The remainder is linked to the products we sell, so we've been working for some time with suppliers and challenging them to make products and packaging with the environment in mind.”