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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: Eco-Shopper
By janice moorcroft
10/29/09


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I just got back from my weekly shopping trip and for some reason I always come up with a pontification while wandering round the shelves....so here goes *in best "thought for the day" voice*

Every week I drive to Tesco off-load all my recycling ....bottles cans plastics cardboard...and armed with my reusable "bags for life" head into the store. There I pick up my weekly food....enlivened by the 2for1 offers (ignoring the fact that the producer usually has to meet the cost of the supermarket's generosity) and the reasonable priced clothing (made in a sweatshop somewhere in India?) I'll maybe appease my conscience with fair trade bananas or coffee...and be kind to a few chickens by buying the free-range eggs. Perhaps I'll do my bit for global warming and buy some low energy light bulbs or even the eco-friendly washing powder (if it's on offer).Then I load up the car...pick up some lead-free petrol and head home feeling smug that I did my bit for the environment and fair trade.

Maybe I should do more...perhaps walk into town (about 20 minutes) and buy locally produced products from local traders....but it's very inconvenient not to mention more expensive....and it's a long walk home carrying all those bags....
Or I could buy fairly traded clothing....but have you seen the price?

I know I play games in these things and kid myself that the little I do counts. But to really make a difference means to make big changes to my life style and if I'm honest I'm not ready to do that .So I tell myself that at least I do more than "some people".


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Sara Harricharan 10/31/09
So very true, we actually do some of that shopping around ourselves where we're not that bad, because we're doing something.

Not a bad story, pretty good voice, but it was a little distracting in format with the *'s for the best thought voice, I was looking for a footnote before I realized there wasn't one that it was used for emphasis. Try using double and single quotation marks next time. Good job!
Marie Fink11/04/09
Being eco-friendly can be a part time job. Your thoughts were a little scattered and not well defined, but that's what pontifications in the grocery store can be like too. Good job on an interest topic that is not going away any time soon.
diana kay11/05/09
an interesting and relevant look at "green" issues.Thank you Keep writing!