Walmart accused of hypocrisy in green initiatives
Just last month, Walmart announced that it would be moving to eliminate non-biodegradable plastic bags from stores across the United States to reduce their collection in landfills. While theyâ€™ve demonstrated positive green initiatives, this week thereâ€™s been accusations of hypocrisy because theyâ€™ve been passing off a harmful, manufactured textile as sustainable.
Environmental advocates had been applauding Walmart for their plastic bag reduction goals and the installation of more energy-efficient systems. For example, coolers that only light up when a shopperâ€™s presence is detected. So this new accusation from the Federal Trade Commission comes at a bad time.
Walmart, along with many other big box and chain stores across the United States, has been selling products as bamboo that are actually rayon. It is a textile shrouded in debate, because it contains cellulose that is naturally occurring. However, it does require an extensive manufacturing process to produce.
Regardless of whether rayon is natural or not; itâ€™s definitely not bamboo. This labelling misleads consumers who think that theyâ€™re purchasing clothing and other home goods made from one of the most sustainable materials on the planet.
As weâ€™ve seen a lot lately, proper regulation and disclosure is a common issue when it comes to things labelled green.
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