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 which help you be greener, or not (“not” stories in the future).
Walmart is definitely the target for many energetic discussion about some 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 in the employee-relations department. But he’s not, and Walmart Near Me needs to pay attention to that a part of its business, IMHO.
Several years ago I chose to stop shopping at Walmart as an act of support for employees, as well as for local businesses which 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 converted into shopping with thoughtful action. I attempt to buy things at locally-owned stores/outlets first, but when I can’t think it is, or think it is at a cost I’m willing to pay, I head 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, increase my realities Walmart’s corporate efforts at going green, at as being a sustainable corporation. I applaud it for what it’s doing. Walmart includes a reputation of throwing its weight around and forcing manufacturers to bend to the rules and pricing demands, if they want to business with Walmart. That can work to our own advantage inside our environmental growth.
Have you ever taken note of that Walmart Printing is performing to assist the environment? Let me point out a number of its green initiatives. Looking at the website, its broad goals will be to:
* be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy
* create zero waste
* sell items that sustain people and also the environment
Walmart recognizes that most of its customers wish 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 in the products they buy, or through customer education. Suppliers have 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 really is area of the transparency Walmart is demanding of their supply chain because of its customers. This, plus making a lifecycle analysis database (a massive project that assists inform people of the total price of a product), and developing a labeling tool that 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) — because volume that can help bring the price down across the board, for everyone
* natural and organic fiber clothing, which made of recycled materials
* converting its trucks and vehicles to perform on alternative fuels
* generators placed on cabs so the truck doesn’t must idle while making delivery drops
* solar panels at some stores in California
* LED lighting in signs
* skylights in shops
* power efficient hand driers available bathrooms
* low VOC paints are being used, improving air quality within 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 best option on that one
* locally grown produce, wild-caught fish, Fair Trade foods
And behind the scenes it is actually:
* 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 to get 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 alternative energy
* utilizing energy management systems in stores and club distribution centers, as well as at your 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 goes on and on, and that i may go on too long, but I think it’s vital that you share some of what it’s doing to green its business practices. In the end, I am just trying to substantiate my unpopular position of shopping at Walmart Store Hours.
As Walmart activly works to green its business, which makes it more sustainable — tending to people, planet, and profit — it is forcing other businesses to accomplish exactly the same thing so 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 do exactly the same, directly or indirectly, then I’m all for this.
I expect this post to become controversial. Good. That’s a part of what I’m doing with this 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 energy efficient in buying items there i can’t find elsewhere in town at a cost I like, and incorporating shopping.