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IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN

December 28, 2009

As Kermit already knows, it’s not easy being green, particularly when you are trying to eliminate the unnecessary use of plastic from your life.

I’ve been writing about using less plastic in all of its forms for close to two years hopeful that with education and persistence that change would come.  Change is taking place, but it is moving at a snail’s pace … partly because some people are resistant to any type of change regardless of the necessity, partly because the plastics industry is too ensconced in consumer retail products to let go, partly because retailers and grocers find it easier to talk about being green than about actually effecting change.

We all know talk is cheap.  Let’s face it, retailers, grocers, manufacturers of consumer products do almost NOTHING to help.  In fact, these businesses are the largest contributors to the plastic mess we face in our environment.

A whopping 52% of plastic trash that ends up in landfills and the oceans comes from grocers and retailers.  Walk into any grocery store, walk the aisles, and look at how much plastic is used in place of alternative packaging that includes paper composites.

As we move rapidly into the New Year, it is time to put companies on notice that they are equally responsible for helping reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic used in this country.

Who’s on our 2010 “hit list” of companies that do little or nothing to address this world wide pollution problem ?

Big box retailers like Target, Wal-Mart

Home Improvement chains

Grocery chains, convenience chains, drug chains

Electronics stores

Discount chains

Celebrate the New Year by pledging to continue your fight to reduce and reuse plastic products.  Join me in 2010 as we move to a more direct approach with companies and corporations that have yet to take the necessary steps to reduce plastic usage and the resultant plastic trash.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. January 5, 2010 11:45 pm

    I just want to comment on the blog title. It’s not easy being green.., I have to agree, it’s not so easy being green, it’s easier said than done, but it is my choice to be green and I learned the hard way. But just one tip for everyone, specially the beginners. Take your time being green, start in small things, take it gradually. Always remember, great things start in small things.

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