Does Trader Joe’s Hate the Environment?

I picked up lunch at Trader Joe’s today, a healthy attempt to counteract the wreckage inflicted upon myself at the Edison last night. But, in one small trip to the store, I may have killed the earth a little.

“Is plastic OK?” asked Hawaiian shirt boy.

“Sure,” I replied.

What? WTF was I thinking? Was I so rattled by the chaos that is the Sherman Oaks Trader Joe’s/WAMU parking lot that I would have agreed to anything to escape?

I had an inner discussion with myself about a tree dying had I chosen paper, followed by self-loathing for not having used the reusable bag that is still wrapped, in my car, parked around the corner. I then laid blame to The Man, for having offered me the Earth-killer to begin with.

There’s an old…saying in California…I know it’s in Texas, probably in California that says Fool me once… Shame on… Shame on you… Fool me… Can’t get fooled again.

6 thoughts on “Does Trader Joe’s Hate the Environment?”

  1. There are a variety of things wrong with Trader Joes, their parking lots. If you care, what’s up with those effed up lots and why do they make it so pedestrian unfriendly.

    We all remember the Pedestrian death and injury Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake (pre lighted crosswalk, because there was a crosswalk, but you know those hipsters in Silver Lake just didn’t care, cause you know crosswalks aren’t organic, like jaywalking would be), I think that parking lot had about three kills.

    I get around three ways. Public transport, walking, and biking. I tried to go to Trader Joes in Glendale, sort of hard sense the signage was put up in a way that assumed you had a car, pretty much no signage id at all for people walking.

    And uh, what’s up with the gigantic carts? Does TJ get that it’s stores are very tiny? Why not have tiny baskets, you know Marukai in Little Tokyo has very small baskets, you know that something TJs should maybe think about investing in.

    You know people in TJs love to leave their basket in the aisle and then wander away with their cell phone and then they look at you crazy if you move their cart to get by.

    I’m also still confused as to why people who are health conscious are driving to TJ to get some two buck chuck anyway…yeah I know you have a big family, but some times you’re only getting some tofu, tortillas, cheese, and hummus, why do you have to drive to get that?

    So maybe its not TJ, but the people who shop their that hate the environment.


  2. Hey wait a minute Browne – how can you blame Trader Joes for what is a City of Los Angeles road design issue?

    To the original poster:

    Lemme just echo browne’s comments. I think it is funny that you are quibbling over a bullshit choice to use paper or plastic – when you could be thinking instead:

    “I wish I had brought the paper bag they gave me last time”


    “I hope this will all fit in my backpack/messenger back/bicycle pannier.”

  3. bitch, bitch, bitch

    btw – love the quote. That guy really is an idiot isn’t he? Who else could get away with saying something so stupid?

  4. “Hey wait a minute Browne – how can you blame Trader Joes for what is a City of Los Angeles road design issue?”

    TJ knows their stores are parking nightmares and it is notorious for picking locations where the addition of their stores make traffic a nightmare. I blame LA, but I also blame TJ for the pedestrian death crosswalk in Silver Lake right next to their store.

    Private entities and the public gov’t work together. That’s why LA has the public transporation nightmare that we have today, because private companies that sold cars told the City of LA to get rid of its public transit system. We had a train system, a good one. You can’t compartmentalize those two things.

    The city added that crosswalk so that Silver Lake could have a Trader Joes. I’m going to bet TJ requested that crosswalk be built (pre lighted, i guess they should have asked for a lighted one, but that probably would have involved greasing a few more palms), because what purpose was the pedestrian death crosswalk other than to get to and away from TJs?

    Possibly instead of pushing reusuable bags, TJ should start pushing some bus tokens or bus passes on people or maybe some schedules to the bicycle kitchen so people can make their own bike.

    If you can carry it and you live less than two miles (I’m not talking about you if you’re pregnant or old or disabled or you have to get 5000 items of grocery, I know all of the “i have to drive comments” i swear people in cars remind me of anti-abortionists who give you stories of how the ‘baby’ was still alive and used to do experiments on…) away walk or bike to Trader Joes and cancel your sporting club membership.

    Of course a cloth bag is less work than not driving, so never mind in regards to that I know the answer, but I’m just putting it out into the universe.


    Some info LA’s destroyed public transit system

    During the 1920s and through much of the 1940s Los Angeles had the world’s largest rail transit system with 1100 track miles, operated by the Pacific Electric Railway. These was not slow streetcar lines but rather high speed interurban rail lines with trains that ran on their own right of ways between Los Angeles and the suburbs. Back then most traveled by train and didn’t own a car since they were expensive to own and operate. Many residential buildings were built without garages. After all, who needed a car and a garage when there was an excellent transportation system available. Then came the automobile, freeways, and the conspiracy.

    ignore the praise of the MTA, that part is BS, but the history segment (though they left out the why it went away) pretty interesting…

  5. An intriguing thread, which I am following to better understand the actual and perceived safety of pedestrians – which remains longstanding concern for our vocation.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

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