Beth Radow, the new president of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck League of Women Voters and an attorney with Cuddy & Feder LLP in White Plains, has an image of local shoppers conserving gas by abandoning their cars and pushing their shopping carts down the Boston Post Road. She’s turning that vision into Walk the Walk, a combo shopping/learning trip on July 17.
And that’s only the first of many activities she hopes to implement this year. In accepting the presidency at the League’s annual meeting on June 9, she indicated this was going to be the year of “we the people” in which individuals – on their own and collectively – would be making a difference.
Here’s more from Ms. Radow on Walk the Walk:
When it comes to shopping, we vote every day. If we like what a store carries at the right price, we vote “yes,” and buy there. If we don’t, we vote “no” with our feet and shop elsewhere. According to author, Connie Glaser, women control 85 cents of every dollar spent in the retail marketplace. Are you getting the most out of you shopping dollar? Would you like to learn how to harness your purchasing power to save money and protect the planet?
The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Chapter of the League of Women Voters invites you to Supermarket Sweep Saturday, July 17th at 9:30 A.M. to WALK THE WALK from Chatsworth Avenue School along the Boston Post Road sidewalk to the three area supermarkets where we will learn how to improve our purchasing power.(See details below.)
This will start an ongoing conversation with the store managers of our three large local supermarkets: Stop & Shop, Trader Joes and A & P.
Set against the backdrop of the millions of gallons of unusable gas flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, conservation of fuel, the most traded commodity, reflects a goal worthy of our attention. Gas guzzling semis, truck in goods to our stores on a regular basis from near and distant points. How might our stores save on fuel? As professionals and heads of households, we make seemingly unending car trips to and from the store and elsewhere. It all adds up. This walk to the store behind a cart instead of a wheel puts a focus, as well, on what we ourselves can do to walk the walk when it comes to reducing fuel consumption.
We will meet with the store manager at each store where they will be available to answer our questions and listen to our ideas about the food and household products they might also carry. In return the store managers will provide us with shopping tips, cost saving recommendations and explain what they are doing to make (or keep) us as loyal customers and reduce their carbon footprint. Speaking to these store managers as a group of shoppers puts us in the driver seat (so to speak) for creating new product choices for our families.
I hope as many of you as possible will come along. It should take a couple of hours and promises to be a lot of fun, as well as productive.
If you are not able to come on the 17th but want to add your questions, requests or recommendations to the list, please send a note by e-mail to LWV10538@aol.com .
Bring a Cart
If you can join us on the 17th please bring a shopping cart with you, if you have one. If you haven’t got a cart, you can order one ahead of time from Trader Joe’s at their cost (the push cart type, not the supermarket type) for $15.99-can’t beat that. Otherwise, a canvas bag will do fine.
Step 1 : Supermarket Sweep Saturday, July 17th, 2010 at 9:30 am
Meet friends & fellow committed residents at Chatsworth Avenue School Playground for a walk down Boston Post Road with our shopping carts & canvas bags to local supermarkets: Stop N’ Shop, Trader Joe’s & for the long haulers, A & P.
Step 2: Talk to each store manager about the Earth friendly, people healthy products we want their store to stock. We have a Top 10 List; please bring yours.
Step 3: Learn from each store manager what positive steps they are taking to protect the planet and consumer health & keep you as a Satisfied, return customer.
Step 4: Bring home tips for smart shopping that will save you money, protect the planet and secure a better Earth for our children to inherit.
Step 5: Walk to the market whenever possible, use one less tank of gas a month and exercise the power of your purse!