12 April 2010

Wal-Mart best practices, smoke bubbles, greener socks, and other supply chain, packaging and company ideas

Top Stories

LG to invest $18 billion in eco business, cutting emissions.reliability high.
"South Korea's LG Group will invest 20 trillion won ($17.90 billion) through 2020 to develop environmentally-friendly businesses and reduce emissions by 40 percent against 2009 levels, unit LG Corp said on Monday. ... It will split the investment between green research and development and facilities to cut 50 million metric tones of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2020, a statement from LG Corp said. The investment aims to expand its production of energy-efficient products and renewable energy businesses such as fuel cells and rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, bringing revenue from such sectors to 10 percent of the group's total revenue in 2020, the statement said." Story at Reuters.

Coca-Cola Bottler Moves Forward with CHP Projects.reliability high.
"ContourGlobal has received financing up to $250 million from Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to support the CHP projects planned for Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCH) plants in Eastern Europe and Nigeria. These plants will supply electricity, steam, hot water, chilled water and food-grade CO2 to CCH beverage bottling facilities for the bottling process. ... Other bottlers are also taking similar steps toward energy efficiency. Pepsi, for example, spent $2.35 million last year to install a combined heat and power system at its bottle plant in College Point, New York." Story at Environmental Leader. [This makes a lot of sense, especially where there isn't a cheap commercial source of CO2. Why send it up the stack then have to buy it from someone else to put the fizz in your product? Depends on technology for capturing CO2 from flue gases. If there is an ethanol plant or brewery next door it might not be economic.]

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Hanes EcoSmart Clothes Recycle Cotton, Upcycle Plastic Bottles.reliability high.
"The company has released products made with its EcoSmart fibers this month, coinciding with the launch of the company's new Hanes Green website, which provides information on Hanes' environmental efforts and tips for consumers. Hanes' EcoSmart men's black athletic socks contain at least 55 percent recycled cotton, which is excess cotton from Hanes' manufacturing process that gets sanitized and recycled. A variety of Hanes sweatshirts and sweatpants contain the company's EcoSmart polyester fiber, which is made from recycled plastic bottles." See GreenBiz.

With LEED Promise, Chicago’s Testa Produce Gets Building Site for a Dollar.reliability high.
"In exchange for adding renewable energy and building its warehouse to LEED standards, Testa Produce is getting a building site from the city of Chicago for one dollar. Renewable energy should provide about 55 percent of the facility’s electricity needs, resulting in up to $90,000 a year in savings, said President Peter Testa. In early March, Testa sought to have the city sell the lot for a dollar, reports Crains Business. The 13-acre lot, at the old city stockyards, is valued at $1.6 million." See Environmental Leader.

KFC Lands in Hot Water for its Packaging.reliability medium.
"Now, according to an activist group called the Dogwood Alliance, there's another reason to steer clear of KFC: The world's largest chicken chain restaurant wraps its food in paper made from virgin forests in the southern U.S., supporting forestry practices that include large-scale clear-cutting and the conversion of diverse natural forests into monoculture plantations. It also engages in greenwashing by touting its support for an industry-backed forest certification system called the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) that undermines a more rigorous standard established by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)." More on campaign to shame KFC into more sustainable sourcing. From GreenBiz blog. [Interesting. Has Dogwood Alliance decided KFC customers care about forests? They obviously don't care about chickens.]

Timberland Reduces GHG Emissions 36%.reliability high.
"The Timberland Company has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 36 percent in 2009 over its 2006 baseline from Timberland owned and operated facilities and employee air travel, according to the company’s quarterly CSR report. The footwear manufacturer says it’s on track to reach its goal of a 50 percent emissions reduction by the end of 2010." Also comments on supply chain improvements. See Environmental Leader. [Note this is over three years. Note scope.]

Interview: Walmart’s Green Human Resources Best Practices.reliability medium.
"I reached out to Walmart to inquire on how it is engaging its 2+ million associates, located across four continents, to turn its announced strategies into tangible results. The answers to my questions are best practices that every human resources leader in America should post on his or her bulletin board. 'We have a volunteer associate sustainability program at Walmart,' explained Candace Taylor, Walmart’s Director of Sustainability. 'The program asks our associates a basic question: What one thing could you do to make a difference in terms of your health, your community or the natural environment?'" More about the firm's approach. From triplepundit.

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