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 to come).
Walmart is the target for plenty of energetic discussion about a few of its business practices, most particularly around employee relations. I have heard that if Sam Walton were alive things wouldn’t be so bad within the employee-relations department. But he’s not, and Walmart Near Me needs to concentrate on 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 employees, and then for local businesses claiming Walmart’s presence is hurting their business. The very first purchase I made after making that boycott decision was for my thyroid meds. Ouch! My local pharmacy charged 3 times the cost 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, however, if I can’t find it, or find it at a price I’m prepared to pay, I visit Walmart. We live in a sufficiently small area that the choices are often limited. Walmart does expand our options — so that we shop there.
Now, add to my realities Walmart’s corporate efforts at being enviromentally friendly, at being a sustainable corporation. I applaud it for what it’s doing. Walmart includes a standing 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 within our environmental growth.
Perhaps you have taken note of that Walmart is doing to help environmental surroundings? Let me point out a number of its green initiatives. From the website, its broad goals will be to:
* be provided by 100 % renewable energy
* create zero waste
* sell products which sustain people as well as the environment
Walmart recognizes that many of its customers want to shop at stores that are environmentally sensitive. That’s become a goal for Walmart. That can more easily happen when customers’ choices are connected to the life cycle of the products they buy, or through customer education. Suppliers have to get to 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 is area of the transparency Walmart is demanding of the supply chain because of its customers. This, plus developing a lifecycle analysis database (an enormous project that helps inform people of the total price of any product), and developing a labeling tool that will let customers make better-educated choices is one way Walmart is greening its business as well as the planet.
Those are grand-sounding notions, but what can the truth is 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 price down throughout the board, for everybody
* organic and natural fiber clothing, and this made from recycled materials
* converting its trucks and vehicles to perform on alternative fuels
* generators placed on cabs in order that the truck doesn’t must 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 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 one
* 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 aid 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 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
A 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 attempting to substantiate my unpopular position of shopping at Walmart Hours Of Operation.
As Walmart works to green its business, rendering it more sustainable — tending to individuals, planet, and profit — it really is forcing other businesses to do the same thing so that they can remain in business. Businesses today need to 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 it.
I expect this short article to become controversial. Good. That’s part of what I’m doing using this site, introducing controversy along with 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 that I can’t find anywhere else around town at a price I like, and incorporating shopping.