I am trying to make decisions that will affect my child in a positive manner. I was environmentally conscious before she was born, I’m even more so now.
This is why folks choose the easy way (and often cheaper way) out. This is why people complain that living green doesn’t really make that much of a difference, that it’s just too expensive and too unsustainable a lifestyle on their pocket purse. This is why people reach for the styrofoam egg carton rather than the paper board one. Why they grab for the plastic gallon of milk rather than the old timey glass ones.
So, what’s the difference between this store and the discount store?
1. Piggly Wiggly sells name brands. The discount store (Aldi in this case) sells off brands.
2. Piggly Wiggly bags your groceries and will have a teenager carry them out to your car. At Aldi, you’re on your own.
3. Piggly Wiggly askes, “Paper or plastic?” Aldi doesn’t offer anything. You bring your own bag, and if you’re lucky they might have a few boxes lying around. If I forget my bag, I put the groceries directly back into the cart and then into my trunk.
4. Piggly Wiggly pays someone to collect the carts and bring them in. Aldi charges a quarter to get a cart. In order to get your quarter back, you have to return it to the queue and it will spit your quarter out at you.
5. Piggly Wiggly allows check, cash, debit or credit. Aldi accepts cash or debit.
6. Piggly Wiggly has various employees working each department. The woman at Aldi who rings you up, also stocks the food and cleans the floors.
7. Did I mention Piggly Wiggly is the ONLY grocery store in the entire town? Aldi is one of many, 1/2 hour away.
But the tragic thing about the milk?
I stood in the milk section for ten minutes on the phone with my mother trying to figure out whether or not to be environmentally kind or financially rational.
Why should we have to choose one or the other?
Do you run into a rock and a hard place when you’re trying to do right by the environment and for the future of your kids and grandkids?