Now hold on! Hear me out. Please. Living is a balancing act of decisions, decisions which make your life what you wish it to be. Being green is also a balancing act of decisions, decisions that help you be greener, or not (“not” stories in the future).
Walmart will be the target for lots of energetic discussion about a few of its business practices, most particularly around employee relations. I have heard that in case Sam Walton were alive things wouldn’t be so bad inside the employee-relations department. But he’s not, and Nearest Walmart needs to pay attention to that a part of its business, IMHO.
A long period ago I made the decision to stop shopping at Walmart being an act of support for workers, and then for local business owners claiming Walmart’s presence is hurting their business. The initial 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 attempt to buy things at locally-owned stores/outlets first, however, if I can’t discover it, or think it is at a price I’m willing to pay, I visit Walmart. We live in a small enough area that our options are often limited. Walmart does expand our options — therefore we shop there.
Now, enhance my realities Walmart’s corporate efforts at becoming environmentally friendly, at being a sustainable corporation. I applaud it for the purpose it’s doing. Walmart features a standing 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 the advantage within our environmental growth.
Have you taken note of all that Walmart Customer Service is performing to help environmental surroundings? Let me point out a few of its green initiatives. Looking at the website, its broad goals will be to:
* be provided by 100 % renewable power
* create zero waste
* sell items that sustain people and the environment
Walmart recognizes that a lot of its customers wish to shop at stores that are environmentally sensitive. That’s turn into a goal for Walmart. That can more easily happen when customers’ options are attached to the life cycle in the products they purchase, or through customer education. Suppliers have to get into 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 really is part of the transparency Walmart is demanding of their supply chain for its customers. This, plus developing a lifecycle analysis database (a massive project that can help inform people of the sum total of a product), and making a labeling tool that can let customers make better-educated choices is a sure way Walmart is greening its business and the planet.
Those are grand-sounding notions, but what can you see 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 over the board, for anyone
* organic and natural fiber clothing, and this made from recycled materials
* converting its trucks and vehicles to perform 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
* energy efficient hand driers available bathrooms
* low VOC paints are being used, improving air quality inside the stores
* free recycling of Samsung and Walmart private label electronics, and low-price recycling of other brands of electronic equipment
* power efficient TVs (we like our new Vizio)
* reduced packaging (yeah, it has a approach to take on that a person
* locally grown produce, wild-caught fish, Fair Trade foods
And behind the curtain it is actually:
* donating food to needy people in the united states and Mexico
* making financial donations to CARE to aid educate women in India, Peru and Bangladesh
* conserving one acre of wildlife habitat for every developed acre for a 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 renewable energy
* utilizing energy management systems in stores and club distribution centers, and at the house office
* reducing waste through various programs
* and improving its use (and sale) of paper and wood products produced from sustainably harvested trees
The list goes on and on, and I may go on too long, having said that i think it’s vital that you share a few of what it’s doing to green its business practices. All things considered, I am trying to substantiate my unpopular position of shopping at Walmart Sunday Hours.
As Walmart works to green its business, rendering it more sustainable — tending to people, planet, and profit — it is actually forcing other businesses to perform the same thing so they can remain in business. Businesses today need to be sustainable to ultimately be viable. If Walmart’s persistence for sustainability, and running green operations world-wide, encourages itdudk businesses to do the identical, directly or indirectly, then I’m all for this.
I expect this article to be controversial. Good. That’s part of what I’m doing using this site, introducing controversy and a venue for discussion. We can all grow through healthy discussion.
My reasons behind shopping at Walmart include being energy and time efficient in buying items there which i can’t find elsewhere in the city at a cost I like, and incorporating shopping.