Walmart Sustainability

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Unformatted text preview: Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute On average, 75 percent of the electricity used by home electronics is consumed while the products are not in use. U.S. Department of Energy Since 1950, as many as 90 percent of the ocean’s largest fish have disappeared. Meyers & Worm, Nature Scientific Journal This “phantom energy” costs Americans more than $5.8 million annually. Union of Concerned Scientists Textiles Global retail sales of organic cotton are projected at $2.6 billion by the end of 2008, reflecting a 116 percent average annual growth rate. Organic Exchange Walmart’s Sustainability Strategy (A) OIT-71A WASTE NETWORKS Operations & Procurement Every day in the U.S., for each garbage can placed on the curb, the equivalent of 71 cans is generated by industrial processes. GrassRoots Recycling Network Recycling 35 percent of our trash would save enough energy to fuel 6 million homes and reduce the equivalent of 36 million cars worth of greenhouse gas emissions annually. White House Task Force on Recycling Packaging The global market for packaging is estimated at $500 billion. World Packaging Organization One-third of all municipal solid waste in the U.S. is packaging wastethe largest of any segment. That’s 800 pounds of packaging per person annually. Dan Immhoff, Paper or Plastic ENERGY NETWORKS Sustainable Buildings Every day the earth absorbs more solar energy than the total amount of energy the planet’s population would consume in 27 years. National Renewable Energy Laboratory In the U.S., the energy needed to operate buildings accounts for roughly one-third of all energy use and more than 35 percent of all pollution. Sustainable Energy Coalition Greenhouse Gas Half of the electricity in the U.S. is generated by burning coal. Energy Information Agency Power plants are the nation’s industrial source of global warming pollution. U.S. Public Interest Research Group p. 28 Global Logistics Nearly 100 years ago, the Ford Model T averaged 25 mpg. In 2004, American passenger cars averaged 20.8 miles per gallon. Source not cited If the U.S. raised car fuel economy by an average of 2.7 mpg, the amount of oil saved would equate to 100 percent of the imports fr...
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