But now that I have been privy to what is happening in the retail and supermarket sector when it comes to waste, I am even more shocked. Everything from tables to food, baby gear paper products to all of the sale printings is completely wasted. Display items like car seats, toy boxes and kitchen tables can be tossed right into the compactor any—and every—given day, wasting lots of labor, product, trees, and worse. Many of these products are made from child and slave labor (which are often the same thing), thereby making our wastefulness even more despicable.
We need to stop allowing this to happen. If a product is marred, it should be sold at a lesser price, donated, or sent to a thrift store for selling. It should not be wasted in such a frivolous, disgusting manner. If they cannot be sold, the products should be sent to live in treatment centers, shelters, and other places as tax write-offs.
The same goes with food. Panera Bread Company donates all of their day-old products to local food assistance programs; why can’t these supermarkets? I know some do with their bread, but if a product is expiring that day, it should be picked up by a kitchen to be made into food that day to serve the community. I am sure there are drivers who would happily pick it up. Perhaps Meals on Wheels or a similar program could even use it.
I am also aware of some stores tossing bananas that are a bit browned. Do you know what you can do with browned bananas? Tons of things! We have to stop wasting so much if we want to keep living on this planet.
Please contact your local supermarkets and retail stores today, asking that they make these changes in order to create sustainable business practices. Ask to speak to the manager and ask what that store is doing to curb waste. Even better, write a letter, call the corporate office, and keep persisting. We can all stand up against this wastefulness and change the way our stores operate.