I’ve been overwhelmed with wasteful behaviour lately.
And I keep thinking, just let me get through this day, this week, this stretch and I’ll change for the better. I’ll make better choices AFTER this happens or that is over with.
It never works out that way.
The last time I was at Costco I bit the bullet and bought one of those huge multi-pack paper towel rolls. It was just days prior when I had a need for paper towels and used up the last of it.
We use them sparingly. I don’t typically need 8 rolls of paper towels stored on the basement shelf. But, my week was full, the price was right, and I thought “I’m here, I may as well get it, it’ll last us forever”.
I feel like the woman in Honey Boo Boo…what’s her name? Mama June?
Then one day I had to get one specific thing I knew was cheapest at Walmart. I cannot tell you how much I hate this store, but for some things, the price of certain brands simply is much better. So I drive through sleet and weather to get there and they didn’t have it. I had to go to another store and pick it up from there, later.
But, while I was at Walmart, I thought to myself: I still need to pick up five or six grocery items, and since this store has a grocery department…
Lettuce was one of the products I needed. They had both limp, and fresh-looking lettuce available. The fresh lettuce was packaged like this:
It hurts me to purchase stuff like this. It hurts me to look at the plastic and think of the poor whales who wash up on beaches whose stomachs are bloated with trash, mostly plastic bags.
And yet…I was there, I needed it, it saved me another trip to a third store in this ridiculous weather and it was coming up on the time to get back home to get dinner started because one or the other kid had an activity…
Sometimes time is more valuable. That, and practicalities. It was much more efficient for me to just get my stuff at Walmart than to do a third trip elsewhere (after detouring to PetSmart for the item Walmart didn’t have that time).
Sometimes it’s discouraging to play the part of an ecologically responsible consumer. The society we live in certainly doesn’t make it easier on us. It is those times when I must focus on what I typically do, and leave the exceptions out of my brain. That day at Walmart was an exception, not a typical trip.
Most of my produce does not get purchased at big box stores, but rather at smaller grocery chains who service the local farming community. If for once I pick up some greens from Walmart well so be it. It’s not a habit that I buy food packaged this way. It was just one of those things that happens, occasionally.
Tell me, am I spending too much time focusing on this? Do you always make proper ‘green’ choices or are there times when you cheat, just a little, for convenience sake?