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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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Sierra Nevada Wanderland nectarine ale

I picked up a six-pack of Sierra Nevada’s latest beer at the Grocery Outlet – the Wanderland nectarine ale. It’s a German-style Kolsch made with nectarines that’s fairly strong (7.5%) but tastes light and deliciously fruity. Serra Nevada brewing has been a longtime leader in sustainability – 4.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

A pack of two Impossible Burgers, version 2.0 from Impossible Foods, is shown with an ethical score beneath it of 3/5 Green Stars, representing a rating for social and environmental impact.

Impossible Burger 2.0 – review and ethical rating

I bought Impossible Burgers at the Grocery Outlet and compared to them to Beyond Meat burgers, also available on discount at the Grocery Outlet. My feeling is that people who crave meat may like Impossible Burgers but most vegetarians and vegans might prefer Beyond Meat. I’m scoring the Impossible Burger 3/5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

So Delicious vegan ice creams – Peanut Butter and Raspberry and Coconut Macaroon ice creams are shown with an ethical score underneath of 4 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

So Delicious vegan ice creams – ethical review

I bought two kinds of So Delicious ice cream at the Grocery Outlet – Peanut Butter & Raspberry and Coconut Macaroon. They contain zero trans fats (found in most dairy ice cream) and are also vegan and partly organic, earning 4 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

Beyond Meat Cookout Classic burgers

I recently found Beyond Meat burgers, the Cookout Classic 10-pack, on sale for $7.99 at the Grocery Outlet. This review looks at ingredients, cooking tips, and sustainability and I also compare the Beyond Meat burger to the Impossible Burger.

Hemp Yeah! Hemp seed bars ethical review. Below an image of a Hemp Yeah! bar is a rating of 4.5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

Hemp Yeah! Hemp seed bars review

I bought hemp seed bars from Canadian brand, Hemp Yeah!, at the Grocery Outlet and they’ve become some of my favorite seed-based energy bars. Hemp Yeah! is a line of hemp-based products from Manitoba Harvest, several of which are available on discount at the Grocery Outlet. I’m giving the hemp seed bars 4 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

So Delicious chocolate chip mousse is pictured with an ethical score underneath of 4 Green Stars, out of 5.

So Delicious Chocolate Chip Mousse

I bought So Delicious chocolate chip mousse at the Grocery Outlet and highly recommend it – it’s a vanilla mouse mixed with delicious flakes of chocolate. It contains much less sugar and fat than normal ice cream, and zero trans fats. It’s also vegan and partly organic, earning 4 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

Quorn vegetarian turkey slices – ethical review

I bought Quorn Meatless Turkey-Style Deli Slices at the Grocery Outlet last week and found them to be very similar to real turkey (as I remember it). Quorn Foods is a veteran of the vegetarian movement and although this product (which is vegetarian) doesn’t score as highly as Quorn’s vegan products, it still gets a very solid 4 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.

Nature’s Path nut butter cereal – ethical review

I bought two types of Nature’s Path cereal at the Grocery Outlet this month – Almond Nut Butter Crunch and Coconut Cashew Nut Butter Crunch. I thought that both were good and Nature’s Path does a really good job on sustainability metrics, reducing waste and carbon footprint and being a longtime pioneer in organic farming practices. 5/5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact!

Back to Nature cookies – ethical review

I bought two types of Back to Nature cookies at the Grocery Outlet last week – chocolate chip and classic creme. These cookies are entirely vegan but the company lacks transparency on ingredient sourcing. So it’s a mixed review, with the Chocolate Chunk the Classic Creme cookies getting ethical scores of 3.5 Green Stars and 3 Green Stars, respectively.

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