Back to School Shopping: The best laid plans….August 2, 2009
I think the back to school shopping is over. The checking account certainly hopes so. As you may recall, I had big plans for my green back to school shopping. Let’s see what worked and what didn’t.
First, the clothes shopping. A friend has some blue jeans that should fit my son. So I’m holding off on buying anymore pants for him. I did get some great organic cotton t-shirts – some for my son, some for my husband, some for myself – from A & E Designs Classic Apparel for a great price. That was a real find. But that was the extent of the green clothes for my son.
My daughter’s clothes shopping was a total bust in the green realm. The best I could do was keep her focused on natural fibers. She’s still young enough that I have some influence.
How did we do on school supplies? I had planned to get the supply lists and then hit Staples online to see what I could order. That didn’t happen. We did most of the supply shopping at Staples where I hoped we’d find a green bonanza. The sum total of our green purchases were 2 100% recycled paper notebooks (expensive even on sale), 3 packages of recycled paper pencils (from Target), and mechanical pencil lead in recycled plastic containers. Pretty disappointing.
I could have forced the kids to pick out green items at Staples online. But the clothes and shoe bill had really wiped out most of the back to school budget and I simply couldn’t afford a green shopping spree. I feel like the embodiment of the difference between a green attitude and green behavior. For back to school shopping I talked the talk better than I walked the walk.
I’ll have to write about grocery shopping – I think I walk the walk there pretty well. And wait until next week when the Bauer Power people do their onsite survey with an eye toward solar and wind power. Maybe then I can make up for the barely green nature of my back to school shopping.