Now hold on! Hear me out. Please. Living is a balancing act of decisions, decisions that make your life what you wish it to be. Being green is also a balancing act of decisions, decisions which help you be greener, or not (“not” stories in the future).
Walmart is the target for many energetic discussion about a few of its business practices, most particularly around employee relations. We have heard that if Sam Walton were alive things wouldn’t be so bad inside the employee-relations department. But he’s not, and Walmart Locations Near Me needs to concentrate on that part of its business, IMHO.
Many years ago I made the decision to quit shopping at Walmart as being an act of support for workers, as well as for local business owners that claim Walmart’s presence is hurting their business. The first purchase I made after making that boycott decision was for my thyroid meds. Ouch! My local pharmacy charged 3 x the purchase price Walmart did. My Walmart boycott was short-lived.
My Walmart boycott turned into shopping with thoughtful action. I try to buy things at locally-owned stores/outlets first, but if I can’t find it, or think it is at a price I’m prepared to pay, I go to Walmart. We live in a small enough area that our choices are often limited. Walmart does expand our options — so that we shop there.
Now, add to my realities Walmart’s corporate efforts at being enviromentally friendly, at becoming a sustainable corporation. I applaud it for which it’s doing. Walmart has a trustworthiness of throwing its weight around and forcing manufacturers to bend to its rules and pricing demands, if they wish to business with Walmart. That can work to our own advantage within our environmental growth.
Have you ever taken note of that Walmart Supercenter is doing to help the surroundings? Let me point out some of its green initiatives. Looking at the website, its broad goals are to:
* be supplied by 100 percent alternative energy
* create zero waste
* sell items that sustain people as well as the environment
Walmart understands that most of its customers desire to shop at stores that are environmentally sensitive. That’s become a goal for Walmart. That can more easily happen when customers’ choices are connected to the life cycle of the products they buy, or through customer education. Suppliers want to get in to the act to aid that goal be reached. Walmart’s focus to suppliers is four-fold:
* energy and climate
* material efficiency
* natural resources
* people and community
This is portion of the transparency Walmart is demanding of their supply chain for its customers. This, plus making a lifecycle analysis database (a huge project that can help inform people from the total price of a product), and developing a labeling tool which will let customers make better-educated choices is an excellent method Walmart is greening its business and the planet.
Those are grand-sounding notions, but what can the thing is today at Walmart stores, supercenters, and club distribution centers, as well as on the road?
* selling CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) — because volume that can help bring the cost down throughout the board, for everybody
* natural and organic fiber clothing, which made from recycled materials
* converting its trucks and vehicles to operate on alternative fuels
* generators wear cabs in order that the truck doesn’t need to idle while making delivery drops
* solar panels at some stores in California
* LED lighting in signs
* skylights in stores
* power efficient hand driers available bathrooms
* low VOC paints are employed, improving air quality in the stores
* free recycling of Samsung and Walmart private label electronics, and low-price recycling of other brands of electronic equipment
* energy-efficient TVs (we love our new Vizio)
* reduced packaging (yeah, it features a way to go on that a person
* locally grown produce, wild-caught fish, Fair Trade foods
And behind the curtain it really is:
* donating food to needy people in america and Mexico
* making financial donations to CARE to help educate women in India, Peru and Bangladesh
* conserving one acre of wildlife habitat for each developed acre for any Walmart store testing different biodiesel fuels for eventual availability at its stores
* incorporating energy efficiency design and operation at stores and club distribution centers
* purchasing alternative energy
* utilizing energy management systems in shops and club distribution centers, and at the home office
* reducing waste through various programs
* and improving its use (and sale) of paper and wood products made from sustainably harvested trees
A list continues, and i also may have gone on too long, but I think it’s vital that you share a number of what it’s doing to green its business practices. After all, I am seeking to substantiate my unpopular position of shopping at Walmart Saturday Hours.
As Walmart works to green its business, making it more sustainable — tending to folks, planet, and profit — it is forcing other businesses to accomplish the same thing therefore they can remain in business. Businesses today need to be sustainable to ultimately be viable. If Walmart’s dedication to sustainability, and running green operations world-wide, encourages itdudk businesses to do exactly the same, directly or indirectly, then I’m all because of it.
I expect this short article to get controversial. Good. That’s part of what I’m doing with this site, introducing controversy as well as a venue for discussion. We can all grow through healthy discussion.
My reasons for shopping at Walmart include being time and energy efficient in buying items there that I can’t find anywhere else around town at a cost I like, and incorporating shopping.