When you shop, do you think about the environmental impact of the products that you buy? I do, but it can be really hard to know how much waste was created in the production of chair or if the fabric on my sofa was harvested from organically grown cotton unless I'm buying from a green retailer.
As a general rule, I don't usually think of Walmart when I'm looking for an eco-friendly retailer. That's why I was surprised and intrigued when I read in a New York Times article that Walmart is working to make it easier for us all to make sustainable choices when we shop.
Within the next five years, Walmart is planning to put an environmental grading system in place for many of its products. The system will rate the environmental and social impact of the product's manufacture based on 15 questions that suppliers will have to answer about the energy they consume, the greenhouse gasses they emit, the materials that they waste, the sustainability of their raw materials and their impact on the communities where their products are made. Walmart is also encouraging other major retailers like Target and Costco, to adopt a similar ratings system.
So what do you think? Would a ratings system like this be helpful when you're making your purchasing decisions? And would it make you more likely to shop at Walmart?