A few days ago I needed a glass baking dish for something I was making for friends who were coming over for dinner. I went to a number of really cheap places like Dollar General and some of the thrift and consignment shops near my home. I didn’t find what I was looking for so I eventually ended up at K-Mart.
I went straight to housewares, found what I was looking for priced at about $8, thought that was a reasonable price so I got it and proceeded to check-out. That’s where the issue came up and provided the subject matter for this post.
You see, in the last few years I have decided it is important to do little things to impact our lives and planet in a more positive way. I understand we can’t all do everything, but we can all do something. My idea was to use less plastic and paper. There is so much that gets trashed, fills landfills and litters our streets and highways I thought I can make a difference.
At Publix, I have them use fewer bags. Put it all in one if you can. Then I re-use them for my trash can, under the sink. It’s not a lot but it’s my small part of being the solution rather than the problem.
So back to K-Mart. When I checked out and paid my 8 bucks for the baking dish. This is the receipt and additional trash they printed out and sent with me.
Around the world rainforests and old growth forests are being decimated for wood pulp for paper products as well as creating space for more condos.
That’s really what we need… more condos.
When Neil Armstrong proclaimed, as he stepped on to the surface of the moon… “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, he hit upon an idea that has many connotations. My pledge to use less plastic and paper is my small step towards a global goal.
I don’t want to just pick on K-Mart, but they are an easy target. There are so many other businesses overwhelming us will products that never get recycled. They all need to cut it out. One I hate the most is all the junk mail I get in my actual, as opposed to virtual, mailbox. All that paper, not to mention the postage, is a waste. If I want what you have, I’ll come get it. Clogging up my mailbox with unwanted, unrequested crap is a waste of time, money and materials. Cut it out.
Mine is a small effort. Making the world better for future generations is a goal we should all embrace. It’s our kids. Do you do anything to make the world a better place? You should.