I have been storing a little list at home, noting products or retailers that are annoying me. And it doesn't take much. By annoying, I mean in the environmental/social responsibility sense. Double packaging, just plain stupid packaging, disgusting ingredients, you name it, retailers are awesome at these things!! So when I find a silly thing happening with something in my local supermarket, for example, I let the shop know. So far in the last year I have phoned Tesco about their HUGE vitamin bottles that are less than 1/4 full, queried Oxo as to why their stock cubes come in two little boxes inside one big box, begged Asda to sell cotton buds in a polythene bag instead of a box (really people, I only need one box to last me a lifetime--ever heard of refill packs?), and even caught Yeo Valley, a should-be ethical organic dairy double packaging their yogurts. The list doesn't stop there.
But tonight I started to wonder--will giants like Asda and Tesco really give a damn if just little old me from po-dunk Northern Ireland squeaks on the other side of my lap top? Would other people such as yourselves be willing to jump on the band wagon and write to retailers for being, quite frankly, environmentally retarded? We do not live in a time where we can afford to be wasteful. So why is so much waste stil being generated by our supermarkets?
You know the little 0800 numbers on the back of the bottles, tins and boxes? Call one sometime. Let the shops know what you think. Or send them an e-mail or heck, even write them a REAL LETTER!!! Maybe if we all take this approach, we will eventually precipitate real positive changes. If you think your local supermarket or any other retailer is being environmentally or socially retarded, you should let them know.