What’s the deal with everybody rolling their eyes when you talk about being “green?” Or when you say the word “organic.” Maybe a large portion of people right now are going green because it’s fashionable, but who cares! If they’re sheep – at least they’re environmentally-conscious sheep. Sadly, my husband is one of those eye-rolling offenders. He thinks my determination to shop at Whole Foods – because I respect their focus on environmental interdependence, their goal to buy and sell local goods and their wide array of natural products – is just a phase and one that he hopes will end quickly given the spike in our grocery bills. Yes it’s more expensive, but I’d like to point out that choices shouldn’t always be driven by price. There’s something to be said about the difference between price and cost. The cost of shopping at Wal-Mart (and yes I’m sure I’ll offend about 60% of my friends by saying this) is so much greater to our communities. I shouldn’t even go on my rampage against that corporate predator because blogs get boring when they drone on forever. But let me just say this. I believe that everybody should be selective about where to do business. I don’t respect Wal-Mart, therefore I don’t do business with them, regardless of how much cheaper their produce, bread, milk, etc. probably is. When a company refuses to promote single women because “men with families need it more,” or slashes benefits so that the majority of their workers are on part time and can’t get health care so that I have to pay that difference in my taxes, or because that company doesn’t bother buying its products from manufactures or plants that practice fair-trade, etc. I think we should all stand against it. And yes I’m that person at the grocery store that is now shopping with recycleable totes.
There are so many companies out there trying to focus on complying with environmentally-friendly practices and I applaud them. CNN just came out with a list of the Top 10 companies who have gone above and beyond what the law requires of them to be environmentally responsible.
The impetus for all of this is that I went to this conference on paper and how to print responsibly and it totally freaked me out. This speaker, Derek Smith from England was incredible and laid out all the damage our world is going through because of how much energy we use; which now that we’ve been surpassed by China who doesn’t seem to give a crap that they’re now the leading energy offender in the world, we’re particularly screwed. Needless to say, I’m in the process of replacing all our light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, never turn on the lights unless I absolutely need to and make it so cold in our house that I wear a sweater all day long. Not that I’m perfect, I drive a beefy Explorer and haven’t thrown out all my cleaning supplies to replace them with biodegradeable or natural cleaning products. I’m taking one thing at a time. Yesterday I ordered “green” plastic garbage bags that will disintegrate and compost in a year. Wes is just having a field day over this blog entry I just know he’s going to try to peg me as a hippy and apologize to all our friends about me. But I’m proud of my endeavors, as simple as they are. He’ll come around – I’ll have him converted in no time.