Supervalu to Go Zero Waste at 40 Stores; Puma Bag Dissolves in Water

by | Jun 30, 2011

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Supervalu Inc. and its Albertsons brand of supermarkets have announced that they will move 40 stores to be zero waste by the end of next February, Waste & Recycling News reports.

The announcement was made as part of Supervalu’s 2011 corporate social responsibility report. The report shows that the retailer was the first in the U.S. to achieve zero waste classification, for two Albertsons stores in Santa Barbara, Calif., the website reports.

EL will publish an in-depth review of this report soon.

In other waste and packaging news, Puma has debuted its “clever little shopper” bags, which the company says are 100 percent biodegradable and will decompose in compost heaps in three months, Psfk reports. The cornstarch-based bags can also be dissolved in water in minutes, Puma says. It predictst hat the bags will save 192 tons of plastic and 293 tons of paper each year.

Meanwhile, Kimberly-Clark has expanded its membership in the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), a WWF initiative to eliminate illegal logging and conserve the world’s most valuable and threatened forests. Kimberly-Clark will now include its worldwide operations in the initiative, building on its existing GFTN membership in select countries, the company says.

Finally, the trade group European Bioplastics BV has criticized a North Carolina State University study that said biodegradable products do more harm than good in landfills, Waste & Recycling News reports.

The group said the study, titled “Is Biodegradability a Desirable Attribute for Discarded Solid Waste?” is misleading because it only examines one grade of bioplastics, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs).

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