According to the Sr VP of Sustainability in a talk I attended this weekend, the Wal-Mart Sustainability Team has met with Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, a few times this year. During these meetings, Yvon had a few requests of Wal-Mart. They included
1. Wal-Mart should make suppliers change the ingredients in their products, including eliminating high-fructose corn syrup. He told them “If you told your suppliers to clean up their act, you could change the world.” He states, “They could do that to Kraft…Wal-Mart is 25 percent of Kraft’s business. You could change the world if you told Kraft, ‘We don’t want any more high-fructose corn syrup in our products’.”
2. Wal-Mart should make suppliers eliminate the “on” light on appliances. There’s no reason to have a green light that shows your tv is “on” when you are watching it. Yvon did research to find that if Wal-Mart required this, it would save many power plants worth of energy.