Monday, May 3, 2010

What did Walmart really save?

by Rob Busse, CPP - Chainalytics
As noted in the previous article, Walmart elminated 3,000,000 pounds of corrugated when they gap flapped their Great Value cereal cases. So what does that much corrugated savings relate to in the “real world” anyways?
  • 6,280,000 Lbs of CO2 – the equivalent annual CO2 emissions of 570 cars
  • 2,425 Tons of Wood – the equivalent of 16,800 trees
  • 34,591,000 BTU’s of energy – the equivalent annual BTU’s necessary for 380 homes
  • 9,682,000 Gallons of Wastewater – the equivalent amount of water in 15 Olympic swimming pools
  • 1,231,000 Lbs of Solid Waste – the equivalent amount of 44 full garbage trucks
So does that help you get you mind around it? Those are starting to seem like REAL savings! I guess Walmart not only preaches sustainability but they practice it to!

Calculations made using
Corrugated example run with 50% recycled content.

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