Sustainable Shopping? It’s In The Bag
Our offices are located in City of Industry, California, part of Los Angeles County. The county has joined others throughout the state in imposing a plastic bag ban on retailers. The ban prohibits retailers from distributing plastic bags to their customers. Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags when they shop, or paper bags can be purchased for $.10 apiece.
The goal: reduce landfill waste and overall litter. No matter where you are in the country, it’s not uncommon to see a deserted plastic bag in a ditch or corner of a parking lot, or caught in a farm fence along the Midwestern interstate.
“The Green Thing”
While discussing the ban, we were reminded of an email forward that circulated our office not too long ago.
In the story, an older woman goes shopping without a reusable bag, and a young clerk challenges the woman’s generation for not having “the green thing.” But was that so bad? The woman grew up in an era where glass bottles were returned to the store for cleaning and reuse, where clothes lines and staircases were more prevalent than washing machines and escalators, where lawn mowers were push-powered and fountain pens were refilled rather than disposed of. The list goes on.
While improvements like energy efficiency and green manufacturing have certainly been positive change, there are plenty of ways in which returning to pre-“green thing” practices would actually be a move in the right direction, because they preempt the waste that prompted the need for greening in the first place.
As a company founded in 1948 and rooted in our local community, Crown Prince is proud to both outdate the green movement, and to be on the leading edge of modern sustainability. Visit our website for more information on our sustainable seafood practices.
Special thanks to our Green Team, whose company e-newsletters not only inspired this post, but give our whole team great tips and reminders on how we can continue to live more sustainably, both in the office and at home.