Wal-Mart redesigns bottle packaging in continuing efforts to be green

Throughout the past few years, corporate and environmental responsibility has been an important factor to Wal-Mart, and now, the company is redesigning the packaging of their products. During the process they will be redesigning their own image as a company who in environmentally sustainable.

One of these changes involves one bottle at the Wal-Mart stores around the United States. Although changing only one bottle doesn’t sounds like it will have much impact, the new bottle design will eliminate over 830,000 lbs of resin. The redesign will be done to  Wal-Mart’s store brand, Great Value’s cooking oil. The bottle feature will include a slimmed down design and was presented at the 7th Annual Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Sustainable Packaging Exposition, where almost 200 different suppliers showed off the latest eco-friendly innovations.

Once again, you might be asking yourself, How much is Wal-Mart’s new slimmed down design really saving? Well, according to the Wal-Mart Green Room website, the total weight of the waste that will be eliminated by simply just changing the shape and design of ONE bottle is equal to the weight of forty one thousand cast iron pans.

Sam’s Club will also see a makeover to its Cheerio’s cereal boxes to eliminate the excess packaging  by combining the food into one large box holding two separate bags instead of having to individual boxes for the bags. Although the efforts may appear to be small, they have a huge environmental impact.

The success of the initiatives is based on Wal-Mart’s measures the success by their impact the lives and habits of their customers.

“The real success of our efforts can be measured by whether we are able to meet our customers’ demand for products in ways that require fewer resources and less energy, promote recycling and foster efficient use of scarce materials,” writes Wal-Mart’s Ron Sasine on the Green Room website.

In 2011 alone, Walmart kept almost 81% of waste out of landfills by recycling cardboard and other excess materials. This just proves to show that making small steps towards going environmentally sustainable can go a long way.