Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Eco Shopping


I was in an eco mood yesterday when I popped into Wal-Mart. It’s been awhile since I’ve shopped there, and I noticed that Wal-Mart has embraced green and organic like only Wal-Mart can.

Organic is sometimes more expensive than non-organic, but the fresh organic sweet potatoes and lemons were nearly the same price.

Then, I noticed the Palmolive dishwasher detergent called Eco and decided to try it since it was less expensive than regular brands. I passed on Clorox’s new green brand but perhaps I’ll give it a try soon.

The display of Campbell’s Tomato Soup with the Earth Day label practically demanded I buy a can. Plus, I remembered that April 22, is Earth Day.

And finally, all this talk about ‘green’ reminded me of my favorite green character, Kermit the Frog, who sang, “When green is all there is to be” . . . “I think it’s what I want to be.”

16 comments:

debby said...

i love to shop at www.wholeandnatural.com. they have all kinds of healthy and natural kosher food and snacks. the stuff is fresh and low prices.
seeya, debby
btw i used a coupon bldc08 try it

Katherine Aucoin said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog. You have a ot of great ideas and I am looking forward to implementing them into our everyday life, I'll be back. Thenkas for visiting my blog and for your encouraging comments.

Jay Croft said...

No need to buy Clorox. The house brand is cheaper and identical in chemical composition and strength.

Whenever possible I buy house brands. However, never with Cheerios!

Sheila said...

Thanks Debby and Katherine for stopping by.

Jay, I'm with you normally about house brands and am washing a load of white clothes right now with Dollar Tree bleach. However, I completely understand why you would go with Cheerios instead of "round oat cereal." Life is too short to cut every corner.

Diane J Standiford said...

Seattle plans to charge twenty cents for each plastic bag shoppers use. Cool, huh? It ain't easy being green, but worth the effort.

Jay Croft said...

Diane--

City ordinance?

If so, it will quickly stop those checkout cashiers from placing one or two items in each plastic bag.

Is the city taxing the bags, or requiring the stores to charge 20 cents each?

Jay Croft said...

I read a news article about this. it's going to be a big profit-maker for the retailers. They get 5 cents per bag. If they gross under $1,000,000 a year, the retailer gets to keep the whole 20 cents.

Oy veh.

Sheila said...

Diane,
Interesting way to discourage plastic bag usage.

Jay,
You are right about one item to a bag as some baggers like to do. However, nearly every time I request paper bags, the bagger seems to put it all into one sack.

The Wal-Mart bags hold a lot and I probably saved 10 plastic bags with just the two I used (make in China of course). Now if I can only remember to take them to the store.

Diane J Standiford said...

Hmmm, good questions...I figured city would take it, for the landfill fees...have to look into it. Most people in my neighborood use their own bags already, I am up to my neck in those plastic things (my caregivers shop for me--I have MS)

Palm Springs Savant said...

Excellent! As you know I am a huge advocate for Organic products and the green movement. At my company I brought in those re-useable bags that we sell with proceeds going to our foundation for animals. Anyway, our customers LOVE that bag, we sell tons of them now!

UmmFarouq said...

also to quote Kermit...

"and green is no ordinary thing..."

So true!

I love Kermit.

Joe said...

I have found that most of the stores around my town try to hide the paper bags - out of site and out of mind - and some of them get quite angry when you ask for them...I believe Kermit also said "It's not easy being green."

Sheila said...

Joe,
I do think you are right. Paper is a luxury these days.

ummfarouq,
Kermit, a frog for all!

PSS,
Kudos to Petco for donating the money to the foundation. I always wonder if the $1 or so companies charge for the bags is profit or like your company's approach.Keep up the good work.

Marion said...

That's the thing, Sheila...I have two bags and I constantly forget to take them to the store. I even placed them in my car...and then left them IN the car!

My memory is the pits these days.

Sheila said...

I tell right now that's going to be a problem. I can empathize.

Naomi said...

Green is the only way to go nowadays Sheila! Kermit was one of my favourite characters too. The Muppet Show was very popular over here.