- Even Booze Hags Give
Now here's the rub. I live in a beautiful area with lots of great events and activities, and frequently have weekend guests who drive up to 2 hours to spend time with me and mother nature.
I enjoy the company but sometimes there's boundary issues. The particular issue here is people who want to "help" and "contribute" by bringing supplies and groceries--and they bring in products that I'm boycotting.
I know that with big conglomerates owning many brand names it's not always obvious from the package who owns what. But the people concerned all have smart phones and all know who I'm boycotting. Is it reasonable to expect them to type "[company name] boycott" into a search engine when shopping for me?
How offended should I be when people bring this stuff into my house? Am I just being a bitch? Should I just smile and say thanks no matter what somebody brings?
Do I need to write up an explicit list, give it to invitees, and warn them that they risk not being invited back?
The only other alternative I can think of is thanking them kindly for bring up X ("so sweet of you..") but perhaps saying yours is an "x-free house" (they are welcome to bring it home instead). This means if this is what they usually buy, they will buy less of it because they haven't used some at your house.
I also feel a frustration not only regarding products but services. In tracking down some ALEC info, I see State Farm even has someone on their board of directors. So do a couple other large insurance companies. No idea how I would vet a new insurance company.
It can be awkward, but if you know folks are coming and if you know they're going to bring stuff, perhaps make certain requests that are in line with your meal plans?
Also, humor can soften lots of things. Maybe a little "Houseguest Brochure" reminding people of what you boycott in a light hearted way, alongside all the amenities you offer as hostess?
I don't think you're being too sensitive. These things are important to you. It would be nice if the people around you could really hear and respect that and not blow it off like it was a cute little whim. It may not be important to them, but it is important to you. [/i]
-Angel Soft Ultra
-Brawny paper towels
-Mardis Gras napkins
-Perfect Touch cups, paper products
-Sparkle paper towels
-Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
-Georgia-Pacific Office products
-Georgia-Pacific's enMotion paper towel dispenser
-Georgia-Pacific's engineered lumber
I got this list here:
There are also a bunch of lesser known things on the list. Perhaps a google search will turn up something more accurate.
I don't use paper towels or other products on the list anyway so it was only really tp that mattered.