Now hold on! Hear me out. Please. Living is a balancing act of decisions, decisions that make your life what you want 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 definitely the target for many energetic discussion about a number 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 within the employee-relations department. But he’s not, and Walmart needs to pay attention to that a part of its business, IMHO.
Several years ago I made the decision to quit shopping at Walmart as being an act of support for workers, and then for local businesses which claim 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 three times the cost 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, but when I can’t discover it, or think it is at a cost I’m prepared to pay, I head to Walmart. We live in a sufficiently small area which our choices are often limited. Walmart does expand our options — therefore we shop there.
Now, add to my realities Walmart’s corporate efforts at becoming environmentally friendly, at being a sustainable corporation. I applaud it for which it’s doing. Walmart has a trustworthiness of throwing the weight around and forcing manufacturers to bend to the rules and pricing demands, if they wish to business with Walmart. That can work to the advantage in our environmental growth.
Perhaps you have taken note of all that Walmart Headquarters does to help the environment? Let me point out a few of its green initiatives. From its website, its broad goals are going to:
* be provided by 100 % alternative energy
* create zero waste
* sell items that sustain people and also the environment
Walmart recognizes that most of its customers desire 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 need to get to the act to help that goal be reached. Walmart’s focus to suppliers is four-fold:
* energy and climate
* material efficiency
* natural resources
* people and community
This is area of the transparency Walmart is demanding of its supply chain because of its customers. This, plus making a lifecycle analysis database (a massive project that can help inform people from the sum total of any product), and creating a labeling tool that can let customers make better-educated choices is an excellent method Walmart is greening its business and also 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) — in that volume that helps bring the cost down across the board, for everyone
* organic and natural fiber clothing, which made from recycled materials
* converting its trucks and vehicles to run on alternative fuels
* generators placed on cabs so that the truck doesn’t must idle while making delivery drops
* solar panels at some stores in California
* LED lighting in signs
* skylights in shops
* 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 like our new Vizio)
* reduced packaging (yeah, it possesses a way to go on that a person
* locally grown produce, wild-caught fish, Fair Trade foods
And behind the scenes it really is:
* donating food to needy people in the US 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
* making an investment in renewable energy
* utilizing energy management systems in stores and club distribution centers, as well as 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, but I think it’s vital that you share a few of what it’s doing to green its business practices. After all, I am just trying to substantiate my unpopular position of shopping at Walmart Pharmacy Hours.
As Walmart activly works to green its business, which makes it more sustainable — tending to folks, planet, and profit — it is actually forcing other businesses to perform the same so that they can be in business. Businesses today have to be sustainable to ultimately be viable. If Walmart’s persistence for sustainability, and running green operations world-wide, encourages itdudk businesses to do exactly the same, directly or indirectly, then I’m all for it.
I expect this post to become controversial. Good. That’s element of what I’m doing with this particular site, introducing controversy as well as a venue for discussion. We can all grow through healthy discussion.
My factors behind shopping at Walmart include being time and effort efficient in buying items there which i can’t find somewhere else around town at a price I like, and incorporating shopping.