I’ve been adamant about not stepping foot inside the local Walmart store here in Yellowknife. You know all the reasons:
- Crushes small businesses
- Poor labour practices
- And as far as I’m concerned, perpetuating consumption of cheap junky clutter.
But the company is starting to challenge my ideas about them.
Back in 2006 they switched to LED lights for their refrigerators, and that was before I even used LED.
And today, Walmart Canada announced that their “home office” (presumably their headquarters in Mississauga) is a zero waste facility, with plans to adopt this across all their stores.
Even more impressive, I learned that as early as 2005 they have committed to three goals:
- produce zero waste (clearly they’re moving forward on this)
- be powered entirely by renewable energy (they just signed a contract with Bullfrog Energy to provide their energy for their home office, and stores in Ontario, Alberta and B.C.)
- make more environmentally “preferable” (whatever that means) products available to consumers.
Much as I love to hate big box stores in general, and Walmart in particular, I have to admit: These are powerful commitments, and if a monolith makes these kinds of changes, surely it will not only have a positive impact in its own right, but also motivate others to adopt similar policies.
Readers: What do you think? Should I start shopping at Walmart? Are they Going Good?
Photo Credit: Jason Mundy