Now hold on! Hear me out. Please. Living is a balancing act of decisions, decisions which make your life what you want it to be. Being green is also a balancing act of decisions, decisions that help you be greener, or not (“not” stories to come).
Walmart is the target for many energetic discussion about a few of its business practices, most particularly around employee relations. We 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 Walmart Nearby needs to concentrate on that a part of its business, IMHO.
Many years ago I made the decision to quit shopping at Walmart being an act of support for workers, and for local businesses claiming 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 make an effort to buy things at locally-owned stores/outlets first, but if I can’t think it is, or find it at a cost I’m willing to pay, I head to Walmart. We live in a small enough area that our options are often limited. Walmart does expand our options — therefore we shop there.
Now, increase my realities Walmart’s corporate efforts at being enviromentally friendly, at as being a sustainable corporation. I applaud it for the purpose it’s doing. Walmart includes a trustworthiness of throwing the 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 advantage in our environmental growth.
Have you taken note of that Walmart Corporate Office is performing to assist the environment? Let me point out a number of its green initiatives. From its website, its broad goals are to:
* be provided by 100 percent alternative energy
* create zero waste
* sell items that sustain people as well as the environment
Walmart recognizes that most of its customers want to shop at stores which are environmentally sensitive. That’s be a goal for Walmart. That can quicker happen when customers’ choices are attached to the life cycle from the products they purchase, or through customer education. Suppliers need to get into the act to assist that goal be reached. Walmart’s focus to suppliers is four-fold:
* energy and climate
* material efficiency
* natural resources
* people and community
This can be part of the transparency Walmart is demanding of their supply chain for the customers. This, plus making a lifecycle analysis database (an enormous project that can help inform people in the total cost of any product), and developing a labeling tool which will let customers make better-educated choices is a sure way Walmart is greening its business and also 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) — in this volume that helps bring the fee down throughout the board, for anyone
* natural and organic fiber clothing, and that manufactured from recycled materials
* converting its trucks and vehicles to perform on alternative fuels
* generators wear cabs so 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 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 has a approach to take on that certain
* 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 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
* investing in renewable energy
* utilizing energy management systems in shops and club distribution centers, and also 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 continues, and i also may go on too long, however i think it’s essential to share a number of what it’s doing to green its business practices. All things considered, I am attempting to substantiate my unpopular position of shopping at Walmart Saturday Hours.
As Walmart works to green its business, rendering it more sustainable — tending to people, planet, and profit — it really is forcing other businesses to perform exactly the same thing therefore they can remain in business. Businesses today have to be sustainable to ultimately be viable. If Walmart’s commitment to sustainability, and running green operations world-wide, encourages itdudk businesses to do the same, directly or indirectly, then I’m all for this.
I expect this short article to be controversial. Good. That’s element of what I’m doing with this particular site, introducing controversy and a venue for discussion. We can all grow through healthy discussion.
My reasons behind shopping at Walmart include being time and effort efficient in buying items there which i can’t find elsewhere around town at a price I like, and incorporating shopping.