Wal-Mart updates uniform to be more enviromentally friendly

Jennifer Brumley shows off the updated version of Wal-Mart’s signature vest.

Shoppers at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Natchitoches may have noticed the store’s renovations. What they might not have noticed is the update to the corporation’s signature look, its blue vest. Wal-Mart Corp. unveiled an updated version of the vest this year.

The vests are color coded with supercenter associates wearing a steel gray vest with blue trim. Neighborhood Market associates have green trim on their new vests. All vests are made by recycled bottles.  Back in January of this year, the company announced a plan to reduce plastic waste by working with its American private brand suppliers.

Shanice, Wal-Mart associate, sports the older Walmart vests. She said she has yet to receive the updated version.

The company hopes to, in part, “…achieve 100 percent recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable packaging for its private brand packaging by 2025; label 100 percent of food and consumable private brand packaging with the How2Recycle® label by 2022; and work with suppliers to eliminate the non-recyclable packaging material PVC in general merchandise packaging by 2020,” according to its website.

Besides the updated vest, associates can also wear clothing to fit their own individuality. “I just think, with everything Walmart is doing now, we’re trying to move forward with times and try to give our associates the ability to show off their own personalities,” said Jennifer Brumley, people-lead at the local Wal-Mart.

The back of the new vests

Unarco, a retail equipment company based in Wagoner, Okla., manufactures the shopping carts used at Walmart, among other retail stores. According to the Wal-Mart website, the retail giant urged Unarco some years ago to begin refurbishing older carts in an effort to reduce waste an­d save money.