However, I was refused to be served in my mug- The lady at the counter said that the sanitation department wouldn’t allow use of any other container other than the one sold at Starbucks!…If this is true, how would their motto to go green ever become a reality. Another report claims that Starbucks intends to reintroduce ceramic mugs and increase use of reusable commuter mugs by 2010. I did not know that they offered a $.10 discount to customers who bring in reusable mugs. If all this was true, why would I be refused when I make a conscious effort to carry my mug for my drink?
During a recent visit to Kroger, I found a teeny tiny sticker near the billing counter. It said “Less plastic? Fantastic!” . I decided to write about this campaign and began my research as soon as I reached home. To my surprise, I couldn’t find any material about this campaign initiated by Kroger. I had to go to their website and look for campaigns and initiatives. Here is where I found an article on their mission to save a billion bags this year – Less plastic? Fantastic!
There was not a single copy of the above mentioned sticker in print or online..Strange!! So do we assume that the corporate policy on social responsibility is nothing more than their ploy to “meet legislative requirements for corporate environmental responsibility”? Even if the program is supposed to be genuine, we don’t see any retailer visibly encourage use of reusable bags- say by means of ads or any other promotional programs. Just hanging them at the billing counters doesn’t help…right!.
Did you know that kroger has an entire segment of their website dedicated to GREEN LIVING. I dint until I searched through their website. I was so angry about their attitude towards green projects that I researched for them online. As mentioned these programs do not get as much publicity as their “SALES and discount coupons” (nonsense)…They need to work more on these programs rather than restricting it just to their website. The least they could do is to show people using reusable bags in their TV ads, but the ads glorify the idea of plastic bags being brought home..and the focus is on Save money live better!
I am not sure what Kroger intends to achieve with this tiny sticker or the program for that matter. When a billboard sized hoarding on these topics can’t work its magic on people, what difference could an insignificant one inch square sticker make?
Retail giants don’t push a green programs fearing a dent in their customer base. Retailers and corporates are here to make money and “create wealth for their stakeholders”...sounds familiar…lol..lines from our financial management books on wealth creation….(sic!). I have nothing against Kroger, its subsidiaries or any other retailer for that matter.
None of the convenience freaks (read customers) would have “seen the sticker” or would want to even acknowledge that plastic or anything with throw away culture is bad for them. Don’t I see a suicidal tendency in them…hmm…seems like an interesting way to look at the whole issue.
Its not lack of information but lack of integration of know-what to know-how which glorifies throw away culture. A simple thing like going to a temple and asking for “prasadam” means using up two fold able styrofoam containers and of course one plastic/styrofoam glass for water. I have stopped buying anything from Hindu temples here in the USA or even carrying home food from restaurants.
It pains to see that not one person standing before me in a billing counter has ever said no to a plastic bag….And to top it all, they look at me like I belong to the jungle and not the civilized world…why you my ask?…because I take my own bag and specifically ask the billing clerk to pack things in my own bag…it is just a small effort and a major start to bigger things…
My eyes are sore looking for just one more environmentally responsible earthling around me (in person)!!! Will I ever be able to come across one ..I don’t know…when are all these convenience freaks going to realize that they are being a pest on this planet.
If you are among those who can think, can feel and surely make sense out of happenings around you…How about spreading some awareness…as they say knowledge is power…and we can bring in change when we are committed to it.
Share this or similar videos with family and friends. I am sure it is more a lack of awareness than lack of common sense that people don’t realize a lot of things. Here is a talk on TED by Captain Charles Moore on why we need to get more conscious…brilliant and surely is nothing short of a horror movie
Image source: Kroger green living website
If you thought you were doing the planet a huge favor by using paper products “instead of styrofoam and plastic”. You are in for a rude shock. The first point being that these cups are single use and are a major strain on natural resources. Don’t get fooled by these promotions by all the cafes and restaurants around the world.
They are not as green as they are made to look. Compared to washing used dishes, disposables (paper, plastic or styrofoam) are definitely major resource guzzlers. If you thought you could recycle these cups, then let me burst your bubble, the thin film of polythene used to make these paper cup hold liquids, makes it a difficult item to recycle. Few brands also sell wax coated paper cups. This however doesn’t make it any different when it comes to recycling. Commercial recycling cannot remove the glue in paper cups and plastic and wax covering on these cups only aggravates the problem.
I have nothing against coffee lovers nor do I have anything against these big brands. All I am saying is, think about all the disposable cups you could be throwing after just one round of refreshement. I am not asking you to avoid drinking your daily cuppa. All it just needs is a few minutes and a small effort to go green with your routines. There have been ads about bio-degradable paper cups by a certain brand but it is surely not great when compared to our good old metal/ceramic containers.
This is how a garbage bin outside any Starbucks looks. It was shocking to see the number of cups being wasted to measure and pour portions to another (disposable) cup for the customer. Not to mention the stirrers, plastic lids and cardboard flaps (to protect you from hot liquids). It is surely painful to see dumps like these and not think about it….
We can avoid this, it is cool to use your own coffee cup. I do (tea in my case) and get compliments for being responsible. Ceramic mugs are a great way to eliminate coffee cups (plastic or otherwise) while at work. When you are on the go, choose travel mugs (steel all over or with earth friendly silicone parts).
Don’t you think it is more classy to carry your own travel mug to a cafe rather than beg them to give their stinky disposable ones? You too can save loads of paper/plastic/styrofoam cups from being manufactured, shipped, bought, stocked and then going to the landfill. Lesser garbage means lesser trips by the garbage truck and one less “garbage bag” for the dump. A little thought and a little effort go a long way. I found these cool ceramic travel mugs with silicone lids
You could buy a steel thermos flask to hold an extra cup for your partner too!
Go greener, and let the planet survive a few more years. Come to think of it, we are not saving the planet, we are saving ourselves and million other earthlings in the process. I don’t drink coffee, so Chai anyone 🙂
Monthly trip to the grocery store has become a huge guilt trip for me. All the plastic packets and sachets used for packing dal, rice, spices etc, have had me thinking and am desperately looking for solutions. I had worked a way out when I used to shop in India. I shopped whole sale, which meant that anything for my kitchen would come in jute bags or a bag i carried from home. If I bought it from a local General store, I used home made Newspaper bags.
I never buy ready to eat food and all my meals are made from scratch. This means less plastic/other packaging material to throw away, lesser waste and a guilt free shopping trip. Living in a Super Market driven environment is making green living more and more difficult. Customer centric grocery chains have increased general use of in-ending reams of plastic sheets.
I am still staunch about not buying bread, processed food in any form (raw or other wise). I bake my bread at home. However, shopping for other kitchen necessities is driving me to the wall. Less said about the milk cans, the better. I dont eat out much so I consciously avoid Styrofoam or even paper products. I buy fresh juice t an outlet once in a while and use my 24 oz water bottle instead of their Styrofoam cups/tumblers. My husband buys his occasional coffee in a steel coffee mug (thermos cup). I would love to leave as little carbon footprint as possible. My efforts are very conscious and the need to make green choices are next only to breathing for me. My self critical efforts continue and I am driven to find solutions to most of the day to day non-green choices I am forced to make.I am not here to whine or complain but I am looking at feasible solutions to reduce the non-biodegradable waste being thrown out by a typical family anywhere in the world.
The last few years have seen an increase in “super market” syndrome in India. Though I have nothing against the so called urbanization, I would definitely want people to look into associated “increased” waste generation. The tons and tons of plastic bags and even unneccesary bio-degradable garbage generated has taken over every nation in the last decade. What depresses me is that the amount of penetration such things have in our lives. It is going to take ages to wane out this trend. In the meanwhile, all the damage such choices cause is already at an unimaginable proportion and the impact is alarming. No offense meant but I still see 98% of the world population turning their backs against these on-the-face issues. My puny voice goes unheard even with my siblings. I don’t see this as a battle I want to WIN or LOOSE, but would want more number of people to believe in making green choices.
I wanted to put in a picture of my own for this post. In the mean while, I would love to share this wonderful cartoon I found online.