No plastic bag ban from Wal-Mart

Much to the relief of the chemical and plastic manufacturing community, the big box retailer giant Wal-Mart opts to reduce, reuse and recycle instead of implementing plastic shopping bag bans.Yesterday, Wal-Mart announced its goal to reduce its global plastic shopping bag waste by an average of 33% per store by 2013, amounting to more than 135 million pounds of plastic waste globally. The initiative is expected to reduce Wal-Mart’s energy consumption by around 678,000 barrels of oil per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 290,000 metric tons per year.

We think we can eliminate plastic waste equivalent to 9 billion plastic bags per year from our existing stores alone,” said Matt Kistler, senior vice president for sustainability of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “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.”

Instead of 33%, Wal-Mart Canada plans its own goal of a 50% reduction, already having a head-start of 15% reduced plastic shopping bag waste this year. Wal-Mart Canada said its long-term sustainability goals include zero waste; to be powered 100% by renewable energy; and to make more eco-friendly products available to customers.By the way, in a separate news, Hawaii county’s acting mayor is said to have vetoed a proposed plastic bag ban in favor of recycling, the American Chemistry Council reported.According to the mayor:

“I believe it is better to work to change people’s hearts so they change their own behavior rather than outlawing a commodity (plastic bags) that many people find useful. If we focus on educating our residents about the benefits of reusable bags along with proper disposal (reuse and recycling) of plastic bags, we will change attitudes and behaviors.”


One Response to No plastic bag ban from Wal-Mart

  1. Dream Weaver 7 November, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    As long as stores like Walmart continue to use plastic bags, stupid people will overconsume them. The world cannot sustain this type of overconsumption for much longer. People are uneducated about the effects of the bags and simply don’t care.

    America and its consuming habits are the biggest contributors to the world’s global consumption problem, (but unless it is brought to most people’s attention it is not a problem someone would really think about.) The first step into becoming a better consumer is a hard one to take, and unless people are stopped and told what is happening it is not usually taken without a push. Marketing and advertising are telling you what you want and need.
    Fact: 274 million people= a billion pounds of trash per day
    Each year millions and millions of taxpayer dollars are spent attempting to collect plastic bag litter. (The city of San Francisco alone estimates it spends $8.5 million each year on clean up and disposal of plastic bags) Much bag litter is never recovered and remains polluting our landscape and waterways.
    -According to Worldwatch institute’s 2004 study, .6 percent of plastic bags in U.S. get recycled.
    get people to think a little more carefully about how we use the resources that are very limited
    We as Americans need to start walking lighter on the Earth and by learning about this problem we take a step in a better direction. Just remember “live simply so others may simply live.”————————

    Humans, like other forms of life on Earth, are dependent upon the capability both of local ecosystems and of the global ecosphere for maintaining health. However, in relatively recent times, humans, particularly in industrialized countries, have developed an erroneous perception of being separate from nature’s processes. Many different measurement techniques show that current global patterns of human activity – over-consumption, population growth and inappropriate use of technology – are unsustainable and are likely to have profound consequences for human health.
    “We are not resource efficient.”
    World population would not be a problem if there were unlimited land,unlimited water, unlimited resources. Unfortunately, with overpopulation,there is the problem of sharing the same sized pie with smaller and smaller portions. People in developed countries who have been accustomed to a better quality of life are reluctant to give it up. In many cases, more efficient use of resources has come along hand-in-hand with improved quality of life.
    But there are still problems of overconsumption, exploitation, the
    short-sighted search for an ever-higher quality of life, and the greed of companies and individuals in cutting corners resulting in pollution and reckless use of raw materials. Less-developed countries that, in the past,had smaller populations such that slash-and-burn agriculture had less impact, cities had fewer vehicles to send pollution into the air, and industries were not as attracted by cheap labor and thus polluted rivers and
    the air less. The world population has doubled in the last forty

    Who has contributed the most to overconsumption and pollution? Themore developed nations with a relatively stable population growth, but who use 5-50 times the resources of the poor, or the less developednations whose populations will double again in 30 years, who will run out of food and water first, and whose pollution due to agricultural burning, coal burning, lack of emission controls, mis-use of pesticides, and toxic waste from under-regulated industries, will only worsen with the increase of
    population? And then there is the question of ownership and distribution of resources, do the rich exploit the poor, and to what extent? As I said, this is a difficult subject.

    The American Chemistry Council doesn’t care- they want to sell bags. Money driven brain washers is what they are.

    It’s simple- Walmart needs to lead the way and STOP buying the plastic. Consumers don’t have a choice. The Chemistry agencies will sue cities that want to ban the bags so the only choice is for the Walmarts of the world to STOP BUYING THEM!

    Stupid, stupid people. Don’t you see what you’re doing to the planet?

    Support the ban. Buy reusable at

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