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 many energetic discussion about a few of its business practices, most particularly around employee relations. I have heard that when Sam Walton were alive things wouldn’t be so bad in the employee-relations department. But he’s not, and Nearest Walmart needs to concentrate on that element of its business, IMHO.
Many years ago I decided to give up shopping at Walmart being an act of support for employees, and for local businesses 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 three times the price Walmart did. My Walmart boycott was short-lived.
My Walmart boycott transformed into shopping with thoughtful action. I make an effort to buy things at locally-owned stores/outlets first, but when I can’t find it, or think it is at a cost I’m willing to pay, I go to Walmart. We live in a small enough area that the choices are often limited. Walmart does expand our options — so that we shop there.
Now, enhance my realities Walmart’s corporate efforts at becoming environmentally friendly, at becoming a sustainable corporation. I applaud it for what it’s doing. Walmart includes a trustworthiness of throwing its weight around and forcing manufacturers to bend to the rules and pricing demands, if they wish to business with Walmart. That can work to our advantage in our environmental growth.
Have you ever taken note of all that Walmart Complaints is performing to aid the environment? Let me point out a few of its green initiatives. Looking at the website, its broad goals will be to:
* be supplied by 100 % renewable energy
* create zero waste
* sell items that sustain people and the environment
Walmart recognizes that most of its customers wish to shop at stores which are environmentally sensitive. That’s turn into a goal for Walmart. That can quicker happen when customers’ choices are attached to the life cycle of the products they purchase, or through customer education. Suppliers have to get into 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 really is area of the transparency Walmart is demanding of the supply chain for the customers. This, plus developing a lifecycle analysis database (an enormous project that assists inform people from the total cost of a product), and creating a labeling tool that can let customers make better-educated choices is an excellent method Walmart is greening its business as well as 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 helps bring the fee down over the board, for anyone
* natural and organic fiber clothing, and that made from recycled materials
* converting its trucks and vehicles to run 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 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
* energy efficient TVs (we love our new Vizio)
* reduced packaging (yeah, it features a way to go on that certain
* locally grown produce, wild-caught fish, Fair Trade foods
And behind the scenes it really is:
* donating food to needy people in america and Mexico
* making financial donations to CARE to aid 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 renewable power
* utilizing energy management systems in stores 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 created from sustainably harvested trees
The list continues, and I may go on too long, however i think it’s important to share some of what it’s doing to green its business practices. After all, I am just attempting to substantiate my unpopular position of shopping at Is Walmart Open Today.
As Walmart activly 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 must be sustainable to ultimately be viable. If Walmart’s commitment to sustainability, and running green operations world-wide, encourages itdudk businesses to perform exactly the same, directly or indirectly, then I’m all for it.
I expect this short article to be controversial. Good. That’s a part of what I’m doing using this site, introducing controversy and 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 that I can’t find somewhere else in the city at a price I like, and incorporating shopping.