Now hold on! Hear me out. Please. Living is a balancing act of decisions, decisions which make your life what you want it to be. Being green is also a balancing act of decisions, decisions that help you be greener, or not (“not” stories to come).
Walmart is 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 in the employee-relations department. But he’s not, and Walmart Near Me Now needs to pay attention to that a part of its business, IMHO.
Many years ago I chose to stop shopping at Walmart as 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 3 times the price Walmart did. My Walmart boycott was short-lived.
My Walmart boycott transformed into shopping with thoughtful action. I attempt to buy things at locally-owned stores/outlets first, however, if I can’t think it is, or find it at a price I’m ready 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 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 want to business with Walmart. That can work to our own advantage in our environmental growth.
Have you taken note of that Walmart Headquarters is doing to help the surroundings? Let me point out a number of its green initiatives. Looking at the website, its broad goals are going to:
* be provided by 100 percent renewable energy
* create zero waste
* sell items that sustain people as well as the environment
Walmart recognizes that many of its customers wish to shop at stores which are environmentally sensitive. That’s become a goal for Walmart. That can quicker happen when customers’ options are connected to the life cycle from the products they purchase, or through customer education. Suppliers want to get in to the act to assist 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 area of the transparency Walmart is demanding of their supply chain because of its customers. This, plus developing a lifecycle analysis database (a massive project that helps inform people in the total cost of the product), and developing a labeling tool that can let customers make better-educated choices is one way 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 this volume that helps bring the price down across the board, for everyone
* organic and natural fiber clothing, which made of recycled materials
* converting its trucks and vehicles to perform on alternative fuels
* generators put on cabs so the truck doesn’t have 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 employed, 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 best option on that one
* locally grown produce, wild-caught fish, Fair Trade foods
And behind the curtain it is actually:
* 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 and every 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
* purchasing alternative energy
* utilizing energy management systems in stores and club distribution centers, and 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 continues, and 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. In the end, I am trying to substantiate my unpopular position of shopping at Walmart Pharmacy Hours.
As Walmart functions to green its business, rendering 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 perform the same, directly or indirectly, then I’m all for it.
I expect this short article to be controversial. Good. That’s element of what I’m doing with this site, introducing controversy and a venue for discussion. We can all grow through healthy discussion.
My factors behind shopping at Walmart include being energy and time efficient in buying items there which i can’t find somewhere else around town at a cost I like, and incorporating shopping.