Editors' Blog

Green Living editors dish on the latest trends and happenings in sustainability.

Wal-Mart made major headlines this week with their announcement of launching a Sustainable Product Index to gauge the eco merit criteria of each and every one of their products. To know the impact of an intiative of this sort is hard to tell but it seems destined to change the marketplace entirely. The project is a huge undertaking both conceptually and logistically - The New York Times reported that the “Wal-Mart Store is on a mission to determine the social and environmental impact of every item it puts on its shelves.” What do you think? Is there capacity for genuine market transformation? Is this a sign of the change to come from giant retailers? 

Read more headlines about Wal-Mart’s new Sustainabile Product Index :

The Huffington Post -  Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Index

Treehugger – Walmart to 60,000 Suppliers: We've Got 15 Really Important Questions for You

(and don’t miss their reader survey, Is it Getting Harder to Hate Wal-Mart?)

NPR radio broadcast -  Wal-Mart To Index Products' Eco Impact

The Radical Clarity Group - Wal-Mart Pushes the Green Agenda

Photo of Reclaimed Grease Fuel Truck courtesy Wal-mart.com

-- Amanda Rappak, Assistant Edtior, GreenLivingOnline.com