Which company is leading the way?

Just say no to plastic bagsI finally just got fed-up with throwing them away. When our local recycling program rejected plastic shopping bags, I really had no other option. Either I continued to save them, or I had to start throwing them away. Since I was running out of places to save the bags, that's when I started throwing them away. But I felt so bad, I started saying no to plastic bags.

When I had to buy milk, I would have to tell the clerk that I didn't want a bag, often to very confused and startled faces. You wouldn't believe how adamant I had to be to get some clerks to accept that I didn't want a bag. But after a while they begin to know me as the crazy gringo who doesn't want bags, some would even joke with me about it.

About that same time I started taking my own cloth bags to the supermarket to carry my groceries. Oh and what fun that was! The shocked look on faces of clerks and baggers often made me feel like I was shoplifting or something. I even had one bagger ask for his supervisor to make sure that it was acceptable for him to use my bags instead of the store's plastic bags. The supervisor was like, whatever, but the clerk just couldn't believe what was happening.

Of course, now many supermarkets and stores are starting to promote re-usable bags. So hopefully, the strange looks will start to diminish as more people beside Don Dees start using reusable bags.

Kudos, Wal-Mart of Puerto Rico

So I was ecstatic recently when I heard that Wal-Mart, as part of its commitment to protecting the environment, announced a program to introduce plastic bags made of 15% recyclable materials and to provide recycling containers in all its Puerto Rico stores for customers to return their plastic bags for recycling.

In addition, Wal-Mart also announced the introduction of reusable bags for packing goods. The cloth bags will be available at all Wal-Mart at affordable prices for the convenience of consumers who want to develop sustainable lifestyles. Using this type of bag contributes to saving energy and raw materials used in the preparation of disposable materials, while helping to reduce the amount of material reaching landfills. (By the way, I just used cloth bags I had from conferences, conventions, and other give-aways. I fold them up and put them in one mega bag and carry them with me when I go to the supermarket.)

Finally, the company has a comprehensive plan to gradually replace all its plastic bags with alternatives made made from 100% recyclable material. Wal-Mart will implement a pilot program in the Fajardo store, with a view to expand to the other 13 units around the island.

Did you know?

The plastic bags that are traditionally used for packing goods in department stores and supermarkets around the world are petroleum products (another dependence on foreign oil) which do not decompose. They are part of the thousands of tons of needless waste reaching landfills each year.

2 comments:

Gil C. Schmidt

24 de junio de 2008, 10:34
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dijo...

Seeing as how your environmental concern soundly trumps My Jenial indifference, here's a purchase you will enjoy: http://www.reusablebags.com/store/acme-bags™-workhorse-style-1500-p-1.html

Slap some advertising on them and you have a great swag bag to boot!

MC Don Dees

25 de junio de 2008, 09:55
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dijo...

Thanks for the link Jil, it looks like a site after my heart share (or is that mind share).

Looks like some real useful information, maybe one of these days I'll share with everyone, just far I'll go to protect the planet.