More than four dozen forward-thinking suppliers of eco-friendly products gave a sneak preview earlier this month of items that may be appearing soon at Walmart and Sam’s Club — everything from lunch bags made from recycled polyester fabric to soil enhanced with worm casings.
The suppliers exhibited their Made-With-Recycled-Content and Made-In-The-USA wares to product buyers for the two retail behemoths at EcoShow 2013, a tradeshow hosted by Quest Resource Management Group, Earth911’s sister company, on October 2, 2013, in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Additional items on display included:
- EcoVet , furniture made my veterans using reclaimed wood and
- Cangles, jewelry made from post-consumer aluminum beverage cans
- Tyroc Subflooring, flooring systems made from recycled tires
- Preserve Products, tableware and kitchen products made from 100% recycled polypropylene (#5 plastic)
- Green Envy Soil, nutrient-rich soil made from composted food scraps
This was Quest’s third EcoShow for Walmart and Sam’s Club buyers. Previous events have focused on recycled tires and closed-loop solutions (solutions that divert waste from landfills). This year’s show included more than 50 exhibitors and focused on sustainable goods made in the U.S.
“The show was a huge success,” said Quest Communications Manager Lindsey Rattan, one of the show’s organizers. “Exhibitors connected with buyers, with many of them receiving product orders right on the show floor. Numerous exhibitors also discussed product placements on the Earth911 platforms.”
Brian Dick, CEO of Quest Resource Management Group, issued a challenge to the show’s attendees, urging them to help spur demand for eco-friendly products via their roles as decision makers for Walmart’s product lineup.
“You’re at a decision point,” Dick said. “You can keep talking to the same people, or you can help drive industry change. Take the power you’ve been given and help make the industry change.”