This site focuses on finding ethical products at affordable prices and is a sister site to the Green Stars Project. I’ve chosen the Grocery Outlet (which is not affiliated with this site) as inventory constantly changes and stores often stock new ethical products. 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, particularly for those hit hardest by the pandemic, that means ethical consumerism on a budget.
In this post I’m taking a look at Nurishh vegan Camembert – one of the best vegan cheeses that I’ve found at an affordable price. I bought this product at Tesco Extra in Ireland (€4) and it’s available in the UK too. Hope to see it in the US soon.
The Spring 2023 Grocery Outlet Spring Wine Sale is around the corner – it runs from April 3-11, 2023. As usual, all wines will be 20% off. If you’re looking for a wine that’s good value, try Francis Ford Coppola’s Grazie Mille!
In this post I’m taking a look at Cascadian Farm cereals, available on discount at the Grocery Outlet. One of them, an organic blueberry almond crunch granola, has no added sugar. From an ethical perspective, I’ll look at Cascadian Farm’s Love The Farmland program and General Mills ownership of the brand.
The No Meat Company’s vegan sausage rolls – “No Porkies” – are a pretty good buy, in my opinion. Unlike many other sausage rolls, they contain no palm oil, and the packaging is a simple cardboard box – no plastic. 4.5 out of 5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact.
Beyond Good is a chocolate company that aims to benefit cacao farmers in Madagascar and Uganda through direct trade purchasing and local manufacturing. I picked up a bar of their Uganda chocolate with crispy rice at the Grocery Outlet to try it out.
I picked up some Lightlife Tempeh (smoky bacon strips) at the Grocery Outlet for $3 (normally around $5) and was surprised at how good it was. Organic, vegan, carbon neutral – 4.5 Green Stars.
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What is the Grocery Outlet?
The Grocery Outlet is a supermarket based mainly on the west coast of the US that specializes in food and wine bargains. The Grocery Outlet stocks food that would otherwise be in danger of being tossed out because of packaging changes, overstock, imperfections, or looming expiration dates. The Grocery Outlet business model reduces food waste, thus helping to mitigate critical environmental problems like habitat loss and climate change.
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 or compost if possible. All of these practices save, rather than cost money.
The products described here, on sale at the Grocery Outlet, are generally cheaper than their less-ethical counterparts. Many of the products reviewed here are available globally, or at least in many different stores across the US, so this site is not exclusively for people who shop at the Grocery Outlet.
The goal here is to review products and evaluate them ethically – scoring them from 0 to 5 Green Stars for social and environmental impact. It will involve the evaluation of new trends in the food tech industry and particularly in plant-based (vegan and vegetarian) food.