Six Reasons to Vote Walmart Worst Greenwasher

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Walmart Watch Blog | 2 Comments

Our NCAA brackets may be busted, but there’s one winner we could pick without hesitation. Environmental Action and the Green Life are hosting the Worst Greenwashers of 2011 contest. There are eight “no so elite” companies in the running, and we know who we’ve got going all the way: Walmart.

Walmart has made a lot of green promises in recent years, but a closer look reveals that many of the goals have fallen by the wayside or were things the company was already doing. Sounds like greenwashing to us.

Here are six reasons to head over to the Worst Greenwashers of 2011 and vote for Walmart:

  • Walmart’s sustainability goals “function like stealth marketing slogans,” as Stacy Mitchell points out at Grist. For example, in 2005, the company announced its goal was to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. It’s a nice goal that the media loves to repeat, but the company’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow, and seven years later, Walmart gets less than two percent of its energy from solar projects and wind power.
  • The carbon footprint of Walmart’s stores, distribution centers, offices, corporate jets, and such was 21.4 million metric tons in 2010. That’s higher than half the word’s countries, explains Andy Kroll in a recent Mother Jones article. When you add in the company’s supply chain, Walmart’s carbon footprint grows almost tenfold, to 200 million metric tons.
  • Two years ago, Walmart announced that it would sell $1 billion worth of produce from small and medium farms worldwide by the end of 2015. The company called it support for farmers and their communities, but it looks like it was more about saving on transportation costs. Worse, produce industry analyst Jim Prevor said that the company was trying to “get credit for doing what it’s already doing.” Walmart calls any produce sold in the same state as it’s produced “local.” Prevor again: “There’s a joke in the industry that if Walmart wants to increase local sales, all it has to do is open more stores in California.”
  • In 2009, Walmart promised to develop a sustainability index to inform shoppers of the environmental impacts of every item on its shelves. Walmart set a five-year time table. Now, it looks like a consumer label “is really far off and maybe not a reality.” Another environmental idea that sounded good and lacks follow through.
  • Walmart is by far the top container importer in the US. Why is this so important? In 2009, the Guardian reported on a study that found that one giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50 million cars. Real sustainability means producing more goods locally.
  • An energy efficiency consultant in China described it like this: “Walmart sets a new target, everybody gets all excited, runs around for six months, and then everything kind of slows down and the wheels fall off.”

Looks like a greenwashing champion.

To read more information on Walmart and the Walton’s environmental record, visit the Walmart 1%.

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 3, 2012

    it is time for Walmart join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union for all Walmart Cashier Workers and for all Walmart Produce Workers and for all Walmart Deli Department Workers and for all Walmart Bakery Department Workers right of away and right now please. it is time for Walmart join the Teamster Union for all Walmart Truck Drivers and for all Walmart Maintenance Association Workers and for all Walmart Stock Person Workers and for all Walmart Hardware Department Workers and for all Walmart Gardening Department Workers and for all Walmart Customer Service Desk Workers and for all Walmart Courtesy Association Workers and for all Sam’s Club Truck Drivers Workers and for all Sam’s Club Forklift Drivers@Stock Person Workers and for all Sam’s Club Maintenance Workers and for all Sam’s Club Meat Cutter Wrapper Workers and for all Sam’s Club Produce Workers and for all Sam’s Club Bakery Department Workers and for all Sam’s Club Cashier Workers and for all Sam’s Club Membership Desk Workers and for all Sam’s Club Cart Attendant Workers right of away and right now please. it is time for Walmart join the United Healthcare Workers Union for all Walmart Pharmacy Workers and for all Sam’s Club Pharmacy Workers right of away and right now please. it is time for Walmart join the Communication Workers of America Union for all Walmart Electronics Workers and for all Sam’s Club Electronics Workers right of away and right now please. it is time for Walmart join the United Auto Workers Union for all Walmart Tire@Lube Express Workers and for all Sam’s Club Tire Car Battery Installment Workers right of away and right now please. by make Walmart give all Walmart Worker a Living Wage With Affordable Healthcare right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and without close down all the Sam’s Wholesale Club.                                                                   

    Thank You Very Much United Food And Commercial Workers Union And Teamster Union And OUR Walmart and Employee Free Choice Act And Making Change At Walmart And Walmart Watch 
    From Tom P Noonan

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  2. Anonymous
    April 3, 2012

    I been Worker over at San Fernando Sam’s Club 6625  as a Cart Attendant like I did Cart and made number of roll and help the Member Load Merchandise and Grocery into their Vehicles from 08/20/1991 to 08/28/2002. now I do work over at Vallarta Supermarkets as a Courtesy Clerk like I Bragging Grocery and Greek the Customer.  Palmdale Ca Vallarta Supermarkets Business move very slow because Customer is Shopping at Palmdale Walmart Supercenter for Low Price and and Customer pay a Lot of Money to Merchandise and Grocery at Palmdale Ca Walmart so Walmart can pay more Money to Republican Michele Bachmann or Republican Mitt Romney for President in 2012 to defeat Democratic Barack Obama out of the White House in November 6 2012.  Palmdae Ca Walmart Store location at 37140 47Th Street East Palmdale Ca 93550

    From Tom P Noonan

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