Grocery Outlet ethical bargains

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Ethical consumerism on a budget

Ethical consumerism is sometimes claimed to be only for the wealthy but that’s just not true. The central tenets of ethical consumerism are to reduce consumption, reuse or repurpose items whenever possible, repair rather than discard, and if something is really finished with, then recycle, if possible. All of these practices save rather than cost money.

This site is an experiment from the Green Stars Project, to find ethical products at affordable prices. I’ve chosen the Grocery Outlet (which is not affiliated with this site) as inventory constantly changes and stores often stocks new ethical products. The Grocery Outlet business model also serves the purpose of reducing food waste, which is a significant contributor to climate change. As we face the challenges of climate change, habitat destruction, and inequality in the face of a pandemic-induced recession, it’s important that we all do what we can to save this planet. And that means ethical consumerism on a budget.

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Deschutes Obsidian Stout - a photo of a six-pack of this stout from Deschutes Brewing is shown over a graphic of 4.5 Green Stars, representing an ethical rating (on a scale of 1-5 green stars)

Deschutes Obsidian Stout

I picked up a six-pack of Deschutes Obsidian Stout at the Grocery outlet a week ago. It’s ranked 8th on Beer Advocate’s list of the best American stouts. Overall, I think that Deschutes Obsidian Stout deserves a regular rating of 4 gold stars and an ethical rating of 4.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

Califia Protein Oat milk – sustainability

I picked up a bottle of Califia Protein Oat milk at the Grocery outlet a week ago for $2 – it’s normally $6 at other stores. The Califia Protein Oat milk worked really well in my coffee and tea – it’s similar to Oatly, which I’ve also bought at the Grocery Outlet. Overall, I think that Califia Protein Oat milk deserves 4 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

Purely Elizabeth Peanut Butter bar

They are marketed as Whole Food Nut + Seed Bars, and the ingredient list verifies this: peanuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower kernels are the top three ingredients and they also contain hemp and chia seeds and almond meal. Overall, I think that Purely Elizabeth bars deserve 4.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact

Beyond Sausage at the Grocery Outlet

Visiting the Grocery Outlet in October, I was most excited to find Beyond Meat sausages on sale for $3.49 – the Sweet Italian flavor of Beyond Sausage. I found three things are important to keep in mind when preparing them.

Grocery Outlet Wine Sale, Nov 4-10, 2020

The Grocery Outlet wine sale runs from November 4-10, 2020. All wines are 20% off during the sale. One of the fun things about shopping at the Grocery Outlet is finding new things, since the stock is constantly changing.


Welcome to the site for discovering ethical bargains at the Grocery Outlet! You may be wondering why on earth I’ve started a site on such a specific topic. Good question! Well, hopefully it’ll become apparent over time but here are a few reasons:

4 out of 5 Green Stars. Ethical rating for social and environmental impact of the Grocery Outlet.

How ethical is the Grocery Outlet?

How ethical is the Grocery Outlet? Overall, I think that the Grocery Outlet deserves 4/5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact, based on these factors:

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