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Walmart sets new goals for green textiles

Walmart has announced a number of green initiatives focused on improving the carbon footprint of its supply chain. The retail giant has outlined the eco-friendly updates including plans to source more sustainable fibers and working with suppliers to reduce its manufacturing impact at its 2019 Sustainability Milestone Summit on the 10th of April.

Walmart for green textiles
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The goals which are believed to reinforce the commitment to sustainable textiles fall into two categories; sourcing more sustainable fibers, and reducing manufacturing impact.

Sustainable sourcing of fibers

With a view to sourcing more sustainable fibers, Walmart will increase the use of recycled polyester fiber, setting a goal of using 50% recycled content by 2025 and source 100% more sustainable cotton. Its new sustainability goals for apparel and soft home textiles within Walmart U.S. stores included plans to offer reusable bags made with post-consumer recycled content at its U.S. stores beginning this month.

With a view to sourcing more sustainable fibers, Walmart will increase the use of recycled polyester fiber, setting a goal of using 50% recycled content by 2025 and source 100% more sustainable cotton.

Reduction of impact in manufacturing

For reducing manufacturing impact, Walmart U.S. stores will source apparel and home textile products only from suppliers working with textile mills that use the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index Facility Environmental Module (FEM), a self-assessment tool that helps factories assess their sustainability performance and share results with supply chain partners in areas including water use, waste, emissions and chemicals management. It will be used to measure and help improve environmental performance by 2022.

Responsible use of chemicals

Walmart will also prioritize sustainable chemistry, setting a goal to reduce the discharge of priority chemicals from the textile manufacturing process.

Chemistry is essential to the production of manufactured products, including the apparel, footwear, and soft home textiles that our customers purchase every day. Walmart endeavors to work with suppliers to its U.S. stores to reduce the discharge of priority chemicals from the manufacturing process by 2025.

They are also encouraging apparel, footwear and soft home textile suppliers to lead in manufacturing their products with sustainable chemistry – and leverage third-party certifications that access and recognize leadership, such as OEKO-TEX Standard 100.

Chemistry is essential to the production of manufactured products, including the apparel, footwear, and soft home textiles that our customers purchase every day. Walmart endeavors to work with suppliers to its U.S. stores to reduce the discharge of priority chemicals from the manufacturing process by 2025.

This certification scheme includes criteria on legal requirements for banned Azo colorants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, as well as the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead and those under REACH.

In 2017, Walmart set a 10% reduction goal for chemicals it defines as ‘of concern’ in the products it sells by 2022 and also became the first retailer to participate in the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP).

Project Gigaton, a step to avoid emissions

The 2019 sustainability milestone summit of Walmart also marked the two-year anniversary of Project Gigaton, a project launched by Walmart to work with suppliers to avoid a gigaton of emissions from global value chains by 2030. At this year’s summit, Walmart Canada announced it is joining the project, making it Walmart’s third international market to join the initiative.

In the first two years of Project Gigaton, Walmart said many suppliers are already delivering results on their goals and report avoiding more than 93m metric tons of emissions toward the one gigaton goal.

In an effort to make it easier to enlist more suppliers, Walmart said it would publish its Project Gigaton Calculators, which are designed by Walmart and NGOs for suppliers to use in reporting progress toward the Project Gigaton goal.

Aspiring goal of implementing 100 percent renewable energy

Walmart also outlined its progress towards its aspirational goal of being powered by 100 percent renewable energy – and to power 50 percent of its operations with renewable energy by the end of 2025.

Over the past year, Walmart completed contracts for 136 new solar and wind projects, which will supply the company an additional estimated 2.14 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually – the equivalent electricity usage of over 260,000 homes in a year.

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