* By selling recycled cardboard and plastic, Wal-Mart stands to make $28 million a year.
* By reducing packaging on its Kid Connection toy line, Wal-Mart will use 720 fewer freight containers per year, saving $3.5 million a year.
* By simply changing light bulbs in its ceiling fan displays to energy-efficient, compact fluorescent lights, Wal-Mart stands to save $7 million a year.
News and Observer
June 15, 2007
Sue Stock, Staff Writer
Wal-Mart cutting energy use
Rethink, reuse, reduce waste - Changes affect stores worldwide
Wal-Mart stores are turning off their TVs and dimming the lights between midnight and 6 a.m.
Those are just two of the dozens of changes the company is making as part of an aggressive plan to reduce waste and make its stores more environmentally friendly.
The green initiative will save Wal-Mart millions on energy bills and in some cases reap it a tidy profit.
And, like most things the giant retailer does, it's having a big ripple effect throughout the retailing industry.
Manufacturers are changing product designs to comply with Wal-Mart's changing demands.
Suppliers are changing distribution routes to help save gas.
And smaller food markets that did not directly compete with Wal-Mart are suddenly facing the retailer's notoriously strong muscle head on. Read more...