Yesterday we hired a Zipcar to head to Ikea. I'm usually not a fan of that place but there were a few items we had to pick up to organize our new-found space in one of our storage closets. It was a get-in-and-get-out mission and we did a pretty good job. One of the first things I noticed when we entered the store was Ikea's signage regarding sust
ainability, renewable resources and the 3 R's. I scoffed it off because it appeared to be another big company green-washing it's customers. Mike & I carefully chose our new shelving, which was made of wood (no plastics!) and marched to the check-out. More signage and another advertisement regarding Ikea charging 5 cents for plastic bags now. A start in the right direction but it isn't pricey enough. A quick solution to this: charge 5 cents for the first one or two bags, after that, charge 50 cents to a dollar (then they can just purchase the re-useable ones at front!).
We took our purchases home and started un-packing. This is where I usually feel guilty: so much plastic packing, sooo not needed. This time, however, I noticed that the packing was either number 1, 2, 4, or 5 which are ALL accepted by Metro Vancouver's recycling station. Although recycling isn't solving the problem (especially since most homes/apartments/stores don't recycle properly) I definitely felt much less guilty about our purchases.
I suppose it is time to wake up the sleeping giant to head off to the gym, then buy ingredients for tonight's dinner club. Location: Ethiopia!