Let’s face it, you can’t turn on the T.V., surf the Web, read the newspaper or a magazine without some mention of people going more green in their daily lives. Maybe a mega-corporation is reducing carbon emissions. Or a celebrity has endorsed Acme Green Company as their favorite supplier of carbon neutral products. No matter the situation, people are paying attention.
Just over a week ago my wife came to me and asked about some very thick, steel pieces used for displaying products. They came from a store she was relocating, but weren’t needed anymore. And she said to me, “Well I didn’t want to throw them away because you’ve got me thinking about this recycling stuff.” I was thrilled to death to hear her say that. And just last week my sister called saying Oprah was having a special on going more “green”. But as we talked, I was a bit disgusted.
On the show and I believe on the site, they’re selling reusable bags for your shopping so you no longer throw tons of plastic bags into landfills. Which this idea is all well and good, but the bags they want to sell ore $9.00 a PIECE. Now don’t get me wrong, being more conscious of how we live in our world is important, but those prices are insane.
Consider this: My sister has two children and a husband. She probably visits the grocery store at least twice a month and can easily come home with 10-15 plastic bags that always end up in the trash.
She really wanted to start using reusable bags, but at $9.00 a piece and her needing 10-15 bags, she just wasn’t ready to spend the money.
That is until she walked into a large chain store to purchase groceries and saw reusable bags for $0.99 a piece. Now THAT is more like it in my opinion. Even lower income families could afford a half dozen of those bags and make a difference.
So yes, when you do talk about recycling, the environment and being more responsible, they’re listening. Have you got through to someone and they have changed their ways?