Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays. That may sound silly to some, but I happen to think our planet is pretty great and I am all in favor of a day honoring it. I’m not into New Year’s resolutions, but I think Earth Day is a time to make some changes that help care for our planet.
This year, my environmentally friendly resolution is something I’ve been working on for several months now. Since a lot of my life is (clearly) centered around food, I am trying to make mindful choices about the foods we purchase and prepare. I am working on buying local as much as possible, as well as buying organic foods and eliminating the majority of pre-packaged items from my grocery list. (Bye bye, bottled salad dressing! The next one to knock off my list will be chicken and veggie stocks.) Two simple changes have made all the difference in working to achieve this goal. First, I buy all of our meat, poultry and eggs from the local butcher shop (Moody Meats, for Indy area residents). The Moody family is committed to sustainable farming practices and producing whole foods. The quality of their products is fantastic and the service is always excellent and very friendly. An added bonus of becoming a regular at Moody’s is their Carnivore Club cards – sort of like the old Subway stamp cards. Each time a card is filled you can cash it in for a variety of free items, such as beef filets, farm fresh eggs, bacon, etc.
Second, I started using Green B.E.A.N. Delivery for almost all of our produce instead of buying it from the grocery store. This service is similar to the concept of a CSA, but I prefer this because you can customize what comes in your produce bin each week. The service is available year-round, though naturally in the winter most of the available items are organic but not local. (Winter is just not the growing season in Indiana.) I’ve been using this service for just over a month now and I cannot say enough great things about it. I’ll admit I had hesitations about it since I normally prefer to pick out all my own food, but no longer. The quality of the produce has been excellent and the one time I received an item that I wasn’t happy with, my account was immediately credited. (They are also happy to replace any item that is not satisfactory.) Not to mention, receiving my produce this way has made my trips to the grocery store much quicker. And for those wondering about the cost difference, our weekly grocery costs have been unchanged using this service versus buying everything at the grocery store.
In honor of this day I love so much, I am thrilled to be able to offer two giveaways, one for all US readers and one for those local to the Indianapolis area. First up (open to all US residents) are the awesome RuMe grocery bags. I have had mine over three years now and I love them to pieces. They are still as good as new. These bags hold up to 50 lbs. each, fold up to the size of a cell phone-ish, and look great with bright colors and patterns. I just can’t say enough good things about these bags and of course, they are a million times better than wasting numerous plastic bags on every single shopping trip. I’m giving away two sets of three RuMe bags to two lucky readers (one set for each winner).
The second giveaway, available to Indianapolis area residents, is a gift card for a small produce bin from Green B.E.A.N. Delivery. Two readers will win a chance to try this service. If you are interested in what Green B.E.A.N. has to offer, here is your opportunity to try it out and see for yourself how great it is. (For the record, I buy a lot of produce so we opt for the medium produce bin and I’m considering trying the large. Produce normally makes up the bulk of our grocery list.)
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what changes you have made or plan to make to help care for our environment. If you are an Indianapolis area resident and would prefer to win one of the Green B.E.A.N. delivery gift cards, please note that in your comment as well. Otherwise, you will be eligible for the RuMe bags. If you need some ideas of changes you can make, check out the suggestions from readers last year.
The Rules: One comment per person, US residents only, entries must be submitted before 10:00 pm on Sunday, April 24. Winners will be chosen at random and announced next week.
Full disclosure: The RuMe giveaway is sponsored by yours truly. I have no affiliation with this company but simply enjoy their products. The Green B.E.A.N. Delivery giveaway is sponsored by myself in conjunction with the good folks at Green B.E.A.N. I have no affiliation with this company other than being a very satisfied customer.
PS – Indiana and Indy residents: Need to know where you can recycle certain materials? These websites have the info you need to know!