As you consider your goal, make sure to check out the Project Gigaton™ Calculators, which may help you identify potential goal areas in each pillar and estimate the emissions impact of your work.
As you look to develop your packaging target, please consider the sustainable packaging priority areas outlined in the Walmart Sustainable Packaging Position Statement and Playbook.
In addition to identifying common opportunities for packaging improvement, the Walmart Sustainable Packaging Position Statement and Playbook provides best practices, additional guidance and resources for each of these areas. Establishing a packaging commitment will be unique for each company. However, the below may be helpful as you evaluate your current status and develop plans for improvement:
- If You've "Right Sized" Packaging: Increase the recycability of your packaging.
- If You Have Recyclable Packaging: Use a consumer friendly recycling label on your packaging - such as the How2Recycle® label.
- If You Have A Consumer Friendly Recycling Label On Your Packaging: Increase the use of sustainability sourced materials.
- If You Have Sustainably Sourced Materials: Collaborate with others to improve infrastructure for recycling.
If you're interested in addressing the recyclability of your packaging and/or integrating recycled content, the information in Walmart's Recycling Playbook may be able to help. The Walmart Recycling Playbook is presented by packaging format (i.e., PET bottle, HDPE bottle, etc.) and is focused on the most common packaging formats found in Walmart stores. For each major packaging format, we have provided information designed to inform on the recyclability of particular design elements based on existing infrastructure. Walmart encourages all suppliers to take a lifecycle perspective when seeking to optimize package design, and to consider using consumer-friendly recycling labels, like the How2Recycle® label for customer education.
If you’d like to work to optimize design and source sustainably for your packaging, tools such as the COMPASS (Comparative Packaging Assessment) tool may help to evaluate the greenhouse gas impact of common changes such as:
- Reducing packaging weight without sacrificing protection (optimizing design)
- Improving cube efficiency to reduce transport impacts (optimizing design)
- Increasing the use of postconsumer recycled content (sourcing sustainably)
- Replacing fossil-based plastics with bio-based plastics (sourcing sustainably)