Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Green index for all products?

Do you want a green index on everything you buy? Something that lets you comparison shop environmental impacts like you comparison shop on price? Good for you, and prepare to shop at Wal-mart to find your dream green index.

Wal-mart is developing an index, and the first details are starting to come out. Companies will have to reveal their practices in four key areas: energy and climate, natural resources, material efficiency, and people and community. From this information, a yet-to-be-developed ranking system will allow shoppers to compare the sustainability of two similar products.

Interesting that Planet Green couldn't give Wal-mart adequate credit for this earthshaking initiative. They offer plenty of doubt and only "reluctant kudos." Get over it, Planet Green, Wal-mart is leading and they have the clout to begin making their green index a reality. Even if it's not perfect, it'll be the first index and that's a great step forward for sustainability.

5 comments:

sea said...

nice post...

eventer79 said...

I dunno...I'll be impressed when Wally-hell starts doing something with their OWN business -- like not filling in wetlands to build their ridiculous locality killing stores, not pouring a zillion acres of concrete to blow out stream channels with stormwater, making entire roofs of solar panels, using raingardens and bioretention in their parking lots...

Making a rating system for everyone ELSE? Nope, I'm not impressed. Do they have to rate their own brands in said system? Will it include all the impacts listed above?

I guess I'm a meanie but I have to work in these streams...

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I will wait for that and let us see if what will the people's reactions would be.

fishschooled said...

Completely agree. I hate it when a big organisation, which has had bad press in the past, does something extremely innovative and helpful and people refuse to give them credit. Who cares why they do these things its about doing it!

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