Wal­mart In­dia to re­place sin­gle-use plas­tic with sus­tain­able stor­age so­lu­tion in all stores

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Wal­mart Inc’s sub­sidiary Wal­mart In­dia has pledged to elim­i­nate one-time-use shrink wrap which is used for stor­ing ap­parel prod­ucts. It will re­place it with a sus­tain­able stor­age so­lu­tion among all of its Best Price Mod­ern Whole­sale

Stores in the coun­try in phases. The lead­ing re­tail chain has al­ready kicked off the drive in its Best Price out­lets in Ma­ha­rash­tra, where re­cently, the State Govern­ment im­posed a ban on the us­age of plas­tic, in a bid to save the en­vi­ron­ment. The US-based re­tailer will ex­pand this ini­tia­tive in other parts of In­dia in a sim­i­lar man­ner in the com­ing time.

Kr­ish Iyer, Pres­i­dent & CEO, Wal­mart In­dia spoke on this development and re­port­edly said that the com­pany un­der­stands how huge this (plas­tic pol­lu­tion) is­sue is and that it will take a com­bined ef­fort from cit­i­zens, in­dus­try and the Govern­ment to cut the plas­tic waste. “With this project, our at­tempt is to com­pletely elim­i­nate sin­gle-use plas­tic shrink wrap through­out our com­pany’s stores across the na­tion by the first three months of next year,” he stated. No­tably, Wal­mart In­dia claims to be us­ing sus­tain­able op­er­a­tions by gen­er­at­ing more out­put from so­lar en­ergy, water har­vest­ing and re­cy­cling and en­ergy ef­fi­cient so­lu­tions for the bet­ter­ment of the at­mos­phere.

Fur­ther­more, it has in­stalled so­lar rooftop pan­els on 17 of their Best Price stores in the coun­try which are cater­ing to 33 per cent of the to­tal en­ergy de­mand in all of its out­lets. Wal­mart ex­pects to take these num­bers to 40-50 per cent by the next cou­ple of years and has set a goal to achieve 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy in the com­ing few years.

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