It seems that consumers are interested in understanding the impact of what they’re buying on the environment. And the corporations know it. Walmart is positioning themselves as “green”…car companies, manufacturers, builders….all jumping on the bandwagon. If I hear another (insert company name or product here) is the new green I’ll puke.
But it’s hard to know what is true or what makes sense, which leads to confusion and manipulation. If Walmart is claiming to sell organic food, I’m skeptical.
I don’t know the right answers. I don’t think any of us really do. At the end of the day I’m trying to buy less stuff. The greenest statement is to ignore the spins of the marketers and buy no products at all. Buy your food locally whenever possible. Shop garage sales, thrift stores and Craigs List. Look around you and see what you need…really need. Bus and bike…walk. Recycle and be ambassadors for the environment around you—don’t cut down trees in your yard simply because they block your view. Unplug your appliances when not using them (they are still drawing power as long as they are plugged in). Turn off lights when you leave the room and LEAVE YOUR OFFICE AT WORK. Turn off running water when you are brushing your teeth or preparing food. Water is precious and will one day be limited. Teach others—say something! Support resteraunts and businesses that are consciously shifting their footprint and altering their business and personal practices. We are the stewards. If not now, then when?
Check out this site for approved products and members directory: The Biodegradable Products Institute