Reducing Environmental Impact
At The Home Depot, we recognize the responsibility we have for the environmental impact of our organization, and that our biggest impact is the products we sell. In partnership with stakeholders throughout the supply chain, The Home Depot is committed to offering products that are safer for the environment. By selling greener products, we make customers’ homes greener, too. And that can make a difference to the health and well-being of millions of people and their communities.
In 2007, The Home Depot launched Eco Options® to help our customers identify products that have less of an impact on the environment and to encourage our suppliers to provide more sustainable offerings. Ten years later, in October 2017, we published our Chemical Strategy. It details our commitment to working with suppliers to reduce the indoor air quality impact of chemicals used in the products we sell. Its publication was a milestone made possible by what we had learned over a decade of focusing on sustainability.
For a product to be classified as an Eco Options product, the supplier must document attributes that prove it has less of an impact on the environment than comparable products in the same category. Until all industries create and abide by a reporting formula that measures product attributes according to a common sustainability standard, we will continue to use our Eco Options program to help customers sort through “green” product claims.
With our encouragement, our suppliers have been investing in developing environmentally innovative products. The Home Depot supports the work of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) through annual membership and participation in the Retail Leadership Council of the GC3, and we participated in developing the GC3’s Joint Statement on using Green Chemistry and Safer Alternatives to Advance Sustainable Products. We and our suppliers also partner with respected third-party certification organizations and environmental non-profits that guide the home improvement industry toward safer chemical ingredient use. The Home Depot is committed to continuing the drive toward minimizing the environmental impact of the products we sell.
WATER & ENERGY CONSERVATION
We work with suppliers to ensure products reflect our conservation values and help customers to use less water and energy.
We have committed to enabling our customers to save 250 billion gallons of water by 2020 through the purchase of WaterSense-approved products. In 2017, the first year of this pledge, our products enabled customers to save 77 billion gallons of water — nearly a third of our goal.
We also announced a commitment to save customers another $2.8 billion in energy costs by 2020 through the sale of ENERGY STAR products. By the end of the year, we had exceeded 35 percent of that goal through the sale of more than 171 million ENERGY STAR products, which we estimate saved our customers more than $1 billion on annual energy utility costs and helped reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 6.2 million metric tons. That’s equivalent to removing CO2 emissions produced by 669,474 American homes.