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So what was Wal-Mart's big ol' Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment? Well kids, CEO H. Lee Scott's gang has pledged to sell only concentrated laundry detergent in all of its U.S. stores by early May 2008. More than that, the company is going to "be a catalyst for the transformation of the entire liquid laundry detergent category across the retail industry and save vast amounts of natural resources," according to a press release. (We have no idea what that means, but it sure sounds fancy.)
"People expect businesses to step up and work together to help solve the big challenges facing the world," Scott told the audience at CGI's opening plenary session. "What we have done is work with suppliers to take water—one of our most precious natural resources—out of the liquid laundry detergent on our shelves. We simply don't want our customers to have to choose between a product they can afford and an environmentally friendly product."Wal-Mart expects to save more than 400 million gallons of water, more than 95 million pounds of plastic resin, and more than 125 million pounds of cardboard. For water alone, this translates into 100 million individual showers, says the company.
And man, was Scott on a roll that day. He also thinks that Hamburger Helper should straighten its noodles so more noodles can be packed into a box, eliminating tons of waste and wasted fuel. The concept may sound good on paper, but we don't know if the American public is quite ready for that yet. ::PR Newswire