Whole Foods, we can do better.

Whole Foods, we can do better…

 

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The obvious implication here is Whole Foods, YOU can do better, and I know that because I’m doing better and I’m not a fortune 500 company or fortune whatever company you’ve become since being acquired by Amazon. I’m sure there are plenty of things we all know Whole Foods could do better cough*lower prices*cough, but I’m not one to gripe about price.

Actually, I want to digress for a second and talk about why I don’t gripe about price. One reason specific to food is that if something is cheap at least two of the following three items must be true. They aren’t paying their employees enough, they’re buying the cheapest bottom-of-the-barrel ingredients, and/or they are in a shitty location. Come to think of it, non-food products that are cheap could probably be assessed by the previous criteria or some variation thereof as well. Food and things that AREN’T cheap at least have a possibility of not falling into these categories. However if you feel something is too expensive for its quality or the ethics within its supply chain, don’t freaking buy it! Definitely don’t buy it and complain to me how its overpriced. If you buy something it is worth exactly that price, because you paid exactly that amount of money for it. Some things are worth more money, made with high quality ingredients and operate with a high level of ethics every step of the way, so just go spend your money on those and BE HAPPY already... please...

Okay back to things I do gripe about (other than people griping obviously :/ ) - restaurants serving food on throwaway plates with single use plastic forks to people who are dining-in. And yes Whole Foods, you totally are a restaurant since you have a huge hot bar and multiple options where people actually make food to order and you have seating for over 200 people at a time. In fact, you're probably one of the largest restaurants in Maui come to think of it. The Whole Foods in Maui does indeed have re-usable plates but they are no where to be found, you always have to ask, which I always do of course, and every time who ever I ask to get me a reusable plate always acts like its a huge shock that they’re out and then brings out a stack of like 6 and goes back to making burritos or whatever. Because six plates is an appropriate amount of plates to offer the entire whole foods customer base.. she typed sarcastically…

Based on seating, general restaurant turnover calculations, and observation, I bet between 300 and 500 people eat lunch at the Kahului Whole Foods every day and I also bet that at least 50% to 75% of them eat their entire meal, sitting down on whole foods property before they leave. That gets us to a low estimate of 150 people and a high estimate of 375 people essentially dining in at whole foods and each and every one of them (except for me and up to 5 other people) throwing away a plastic fork and a plate and maybe more!!! For one freaking lunch… At one freaking whole foods… on one freaking day… Since I have a math minor and I’m not using it, lets do some more calculations, there are a total of 470 Whole Foods, lets say this location is somewhat busy compared to the other 469 which leads us to a reasonable estimate of 94,000 plastic forks and single use plates and containers that got thrown away TODAY… during the lunch rush…. exclusively by people who ate their entire meal at a Whole Foods dining area all because Whole Foods DOESN’T WANT TO WASH A F*CKING FORK.

It is cheaper to throw sh*t away than pay someone to wash it, and that’s insane to really wrap your mind around, but its true. I have to pay someone to wash forks, and sometimes I wash forks, and plates, and glasses because Moku Roots doesn’t take short cuts at the expense of the planet. And Moku Roots isn’t a huge company yet, we are a tiny company right now, but we can make it work and you need to too Whole Foods. You need to be a leader in the community and the world of health foods and not the biggest culprit of "greenwashing" of them all. I’m super disappointed in you right now, but its not just you that I’m disappointed in. I am also disappointed in Down to Earth because they don’t even have reusable plates to offer the people who dine in on their hot foods bar. I'm also upset with every other restaurant who choses to cut corners at the expense of your future and your kid's futures and give you plastic forks and cups rather than washing dishes.

It is up to us though to stop being disappointed and start being the difference. Make the pizza guy at Whole Foods go get you a reusable plate for your meal, bring your own fork, and bring your own container to Down to Earth.

No restaurant or grocery store will ever stop littering our world with their laziness if we keep telling them with our dollars that what they’re doing is totally cool, but then complaining to our friends that theres too much plastic on the beach. If you want to stop seeing plastic on the beach, STOP USING SINGLE-USE PLASTICS!

Otherwise, we are the problem too...