Saturday, February 19, 2011

Revisiting Wal-mart

I shopped at Wal-mart this weekend...I know!  It was 90% convenience justified by 10% research.  After all the First Lady is partnering with Wal-mart in her campaign to get us healthy.  Wal-mart is pledging to offer more local produce which at some point they will have to start paying fair prices for lest they run out of local farmers (at least you would think).  Anyway, here is a list of what I bought. 

Burt's Bees Acne Toner ( cruelty free; 99% natural)

Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar (normally $6 something at Fry's, I paid $4 at Wal-mart)

Fruit of the Loom 90% Cotton Bra $8 (not organic, but hey all cotton is a renewable resource)

2 Cotton T-shirts $5 each (again not organic, but they do carry 100% organic cotton tees)

1 lb of Sam's Choice Fair Trade Coffee Beans

Am I declaring Wal-mart socially responsible? No, not yet, but what I am saying is that they do seem to be taking baby steps forward and I do believe that we as Americans can speak loudly with our wallets.  If we demand local produce and organic products that are fairly traded then eventually big American business is going to have to listen.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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