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 ahead).
Walmart will be the target for lots of 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 inside the employee-relations department. But he’s not, and Walmart Locations needs to pay attention to that a part of its business, IMHO.
A long period ago I chose to give up shopping at Walmart being an act of support for workers, and for local businesses which claim 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 x the cost 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 prepared to pay, I go 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, add to my realities Walmart’s corporate efforts at becoming environmentally friendly, at as being a sustainable corporation. I applaud it for which it’s doing. Walmart has a standing 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.
Have you ever taken note of all that Walmart Corporate is performing to aid the environment? Let me point out a number of its green initiatives. From the website, its broad goals are going to:
* be supplied by 100 percent renewable power
* create zero waste
* sell products which sustain people and also the environment
Walmart recognizes that a lot of its customers desire to shop at stores which are environmentally sensitive. That’s be a goal for Walmart. That can more easily happen when customers’ choices are linked to the life cycle from the products they buy, or through customer education. Suppliers need to get in 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 can be part of the transparency Walmart is demanding of the supply chain for its customers. This, plus making a lifecycle analysis database (a huge project that can help inform people in the sum total of any product), and developing a labeling tool which will 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 the thing 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 assists bring the cost down across the board, for everyone
* natural and organic fiber clothing, and this manufactured from recycled materials
* converting its trucks and vehicles to operate 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
* power efficient hand driers available bathrooms
* low VOC paints are being 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
* power efficient TVs (we like our new Vizio)
* reduced packaging (yeah, it has a approach to take on that one
* locally grown produce, wild-caught fish, Fair Trade foods
And behind the curtain it 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 every 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
* making an investment in renewable 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 produced from sustainably harvested trees
The list goes on and on, and that i may go on too long, but I think it’s important to share a number of what it’s doing to green its business practices. All things considered, I am just seeking to substantiate my unpopular position of shopping at Walmart Pharmacy Hours.
As Walmart functions to green its business, which makes it more sustainable — tending to people, planet, and profit — it really is forcing other businesses to do the same thing so that they can be 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 perform the same, directly or indirectly, then I’m all for this.
I expect this article to become controversial. Good. That’s part of what I’m doing with this 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 energy efficient in buying items there that I can’t find somewhere else in town at a cost I like, and incorporating shopping.