Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The three R’s. But don’t forget Refuse! That is what I did tonight!

Our 2 year year old, Thomas, is potty training. Today was the first day. We only had 6 pairs of underwear and that was not cutting it!! Lets just say our laundry is caught up for the week! Tomorrow will be a waste of water and energy if I have to wash a couple pairs of wet clothing at a time just to have fresh underwear and pants for Thomas.

I decided at bedtimes I had to go out to buy more. I went to Wal-Mart and picked up 2 packs of 4. I really did not want the plastic packaging. It was not even recyclable. I came up with a plan.

After paying for the items and refusing a bag, I unpacked the underwear, and handed the plastic packages to the cashier. I told her that “I wanted to make a statement to Wal-Mart, not you personally.” I don’t want the packaging.

TheĀ  cashier kindly took the packages and asked how are the items supposed to be packaged, together. I replied that “Wal-Mart will find a way, there are other alternatives. Other clothing is not packaged on the shelves like shirts and pants”.

The cashier nodded and we went our separate ways. I did notice the cashier went to see the person in charge, but did not hear the conversation as I went out the door.

Walking out I felt very proud! I think we all need to do this more! Companies of all sorts need reminders, even if they say they are working on goals for the future to be more environmentally friendly. Action needs to take place, now!

One response on “Refuse!”

  1. Good for you, Rachel! You are right, we have to act now, but I have never had the guts to leave the packaging in the store. Thanks for the inspiration.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and love what you and your family are doing – keep it up!

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