For its new grocery delivery service, Walmart asked customers to let strangers into their homes to bring milk, eggs, and other items right into the fridge.
Now that service is spreading, InHome is investigating whether the country’s largest supermarket and its customers can wean themselves off single-use plastic bags and other disposable packaging that ends up in landfills.
Last September, Walmart replaced throwaway bags with reusable tote bags.
The limited-time pilot experiment is part of Walmart’s larger drive to achieve zero waste in its own operations in the US and Canada by 2025.
For curbside pickup and home delivery, Walmart plans to test alternatives to single-use plastic in the first half of 2022. After the pandemic, buyers grew accustomed to the convenience of these services.
CNBC’s “Sustainability Report” cites Wall Street, legislators, and consumers pressuring Many states, towns, and countries are banning or taxing single-use plastics. Consumers, particularly millennials and Gen Zers, are becoming more environmentally conscious. Enviro, social, and governance policies are now being considered by investors when selecting whether to buy or sell stock.