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  • What's For Lunch?

    SandwichWillpower is HARD. It’s been said that one wakes up each morning with a certain amount of discipline, but as the day wears on, that discipline starts to wear off. Sure, we can start our day off with a nourishing breakfast, but we can’t forget about lunch. With just a little planning, you can have a beautiful and nourishing meal ready and waiting, giving you the willpower to resist the cookies that your coworker INSISTS on bringing into the office, or keep you from heading into a fast food drive thru.

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  • A New, Compassionate Wal-Mart?

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a big box department store and walked out so disappointed, frustrated and defeated. Walking through aisle after aisle full of plastics, toxic chemicals and wasteful impulse buys leaves me feeling hopeless. I’m incredulous that so many large corporations with buildings full of people working on product mix a­­nd customer retention can be so blind.

    Clearly, a corporation’s job is to make money, and cheap products allow for great margins, but why would you continuously poison your patrons? It’s as if they consider both money and human capital infinite. Maybe the poison is part of a bigger plan? Do big box stores also own pharmaceutical companies?

    Well, Wal-Mart blew my socks off recently when they announced a new “Policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables” that requires manufacturers of cosmetics and cleaning products to disclose ingredients and remove priority hazardous chemicals! Hallelujah!

    As part of its policy, Wal-Mart pledges to work with suppliers towards policy application. Beginning January 2015, Wal-Mart will require suppliers to list product ingredients online. Initially, Wal-Mart has prioritized a list of 10 chemical ingredients for “continuous reduction, restriction, and elimination.” Additionally, the company will begin to label its private label products in accordance with the EPA’s Design for the Environment Safer Product Labeling Program.

    To top it all off, the policy will be implemented in both Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs and will begin almost immediately! Wal-Mart will begin identifying private brand products for new labels and monitoring suppliers for progress in their own products in January 2014 and will begin publicly reporting progress in January 2016. Beginning January 2018, items still containing any of the high priority chemicals will be required to disclose them on their packaging.

    Wal-Mart’s new policy is also a huge victory in my own crusade for Compassionate Capitalism. Wal-Mart is known for its low pricing, so I’m incredibly enthused to watch cleaner, safer, more affordable products begin to occupy increasing percentages of shelf space.

    And, as Wal-Mart’s vendors begin to work towards compliance, economies of scale will begin to work in favor of the eco movement. I know that many of us have vowed to steer clear of big box stores, but this is a time for collaboration. Let’s show Wal-Mart a little love and, in doing so, let the world know that we demand safe, affordable products for our families and for our planet.

    P.S. Who would have ever thought I would be writing in favor of big box shopping and in agreement with a Wal-Mart policy??? Still shaking my head…

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