Starting in 2008, Wal-Mart will begin a program to reduce packaging, a move that is forcasted to save the company billions and divert millions of pounds away from landfills. According to the BBC News,
"The amount saved overall in the supply chain could be $10.98bn, Wal-Mart said.
UK supermarket Sainsbury’s said earlier this month 500 of its own-brand goods would be in compostable packaging.
Unveiling the programme, Wal-Mart chief executive Lee Scott said packaging was an area "where consumers and suppliers come together and can have a real impact on both business efficiency and environmental stewardship".
From 2007, the retailer will give its buyers a "packaging scorecard", providing information on alternative forms of packaging, which will influence decisions on which products to stock."