Reducing Environmental Impact
We understand that The Home Depot’s greatest environmental impact comes from the products we sell. In partnership with stakeholders throughout our supply chain, we are committed to offering products that are better for the planet and safer for our customers to use in their homes and gardens.
Our Eco Options® program helps our customers identify products that have less of an impact on the environment and encourages our suppliers to provide more sustainable offerings. We launched Eco Options in 2007 and introduced Circular Economy as the sixth Eco Options
pillar in 2019. Our goal to sell products that help customers reduce, repair, reuse and recycle aligns with our corporate strategy to manage waste more sustainably.
Our Chemical Strategy, first published in 2017, is an important part of our commitment to offer greener products. It guides our efforts to work 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.
+DID YOU KNOW? The Home Depot has eliminated 100% of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) from carpets and rugs sold in the U.S. and Canada.
Energy & Water Efficiency
We partner with our suppliers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star® and WaterSense® programs to sell more efficient products.
In 2019, we offered over 24,000 Energy Star
products in stores and online and sold over 240 million units of these products. This furthered our stated goal to help our customers save $2.8 billion in energy costs by the end of 2020 through the purchase and proper use of Energy Star products. We estimate this also helped our customers cut energy consumption by 10 billion kilowatt hours, saving over $1.2 billion on energy costs and lowering carbon emissions by nearly 7 million metric tons.
We offer over 9,000 WaterSense products in our stores and online. We estimate our customers saved over 52 billion gallons of water in 2019 from the purchase and proper use of WaterSense-labeled products. That added up to a projected $650 million in savings on their annual water utility bills.
By partnering with solar energy system providers,
The Home Depot makes it easier for our customers to generate clean energy at home. In 2019, our solar program completed installations at over 3,200 homes, giving our customers the capacity to produce more than 29,000 kilowatts of energy from the sun. Since 2016, our solar partners have installed systems that generated more than 300,000 kilowatts of clean energy for our customers.
The Home Depot works with our private-label product suppliers to apply science to achieving more sustainable packaging. Our packaging innovations, from shrinking package sizes to swapping wood pallets for paper, decrease waste, boost shipping efficiency and reduce product damage.
Using Less EPS
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is good at protecting products, but it can be difficult to recycle and takes more than a century to biodegrade. We’re replacing EPS with recyclable materials like molded pulp and paper in some private-label packaging. In 2019, we removed over 19,000 cubic feet of EPS from our packaging, enough to fill eight school buses.
Reducing PVC film
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film, a thin, rigid synthetic plastic polymer molded around products, is tough to recycle and takes a long time to biodegrade. In 2019, we eliminated 5.7 million square feet of PVC from our private-brand packaging, enough to cover 99 football fields.
We’ve pledged to exclude EPS foam and PVC film from The Home Depot’s private-brand packaging by 2023.
+CHECK IT OUT: Find out how Home Depot suppliers have reduced plastic in more than 1,000 products in our aisles.