Monday, September 5, 2011

A Better Use of Resources

I went to Walgreens yesterday to get Valerian. It's a pungent herb that I use as a sleeping aid. It relaxes me and allows me to fall asleep somewhat naturally. The Sominexes of the world give me a weird feeling in my legs that I really don't like. Dominicks didn't have Valerian. They had Melantonin, which, I'm told works in the same fashion, but I like Valerian, so I stopped at Walgreens on the way home.

One item. That's all I got. One item. Look at the length of this receipt. You should end it after the bar code. That's all you really need. The rest of this is garbage. I suppose they do get people calling to take their survey. I suppose it's worth it to them to print all of this, but what a waste of paper! My grocery receipt is not quite as bad but it has a couple inches of crap on the bottom of it that isn't necessary.

(sigh) We talk about saving our resources and we put a great deal of necessary emphasis on conservation of fuel. But add up all the little things, like 4 inches of unnecessary paper on the bottom of a receipt and that's just as important. I'm willing to bet this is NOT recycled paper, either. I recycle it but it's probably a special kind which "they" say can't be of the recycled variety.

Just give me what I bought, the tax, the total and the method I used to pay. Maybe I'm being a curmudgeon here, but every little bit helps the planet.

Beverage:  Edinburgh's Finest tea


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