I have to confess something, I love TJ’s, and yes that would be Trader Joe’s. I’m not ashamed to say I have a huge crush on the place. Where else can a girl get her organic produce, recycled yogurt cup tooth brushes and witty tissue paper boxes? Furthermore the staff is always friendly, maybe it’s the Hawaiian shirts…
Ok, I know I am not the first one to come up with this ground breaking idea-but really it’s the best place to get gluten free. vegan, vegetarian, fat-free, quick, kosher, & sodium free food for killer prices! Nothing in the store has artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, no GMO’s, no MSG, and no added Trans Fats. They provide high quality choices all for a realistic price. Which is really important for America, we need more grocers like them to bring high quality food to ALL Americans.
It’s also the attitude that Trader Joe’s adopts; they are fun, not pretentious and they’re accessible to the masses, judging by the lines out the door. This company is the true-blue place for green groceries! *Kudos to their graphic team also (seriously, the tissue box, I’m not the only one!) and don’t get me started on the wine store in Union Sq.
Check out what’s in my basket and those plastic bags are re-used from my stash at home.
Get the answers to your TJ questions here. And check out the Customer Updates and Neighborhood activities!
- Buy recycled content paper products! Trader Joes offers a lovely line of very affordable options. In this day and age there’s really no excuse and it’s not so cool that certain manufacturers haven’t gotten on this already! Better yet, use cloth napkins and microfiber cloths to clean.
- Use a filter or buy a Bobble, I mean really. For god sake don’t use bottled water!!! If you must buy into the “spring water” ploy make sure it really is spring water, not just re-processed, including adding artificial flavoring, municipal water and buy it in bulk, aka large, reusable jugs.
- Check out supplies like Method and Seventh Generation for some good house hold cleaners that won’t make you worried about getting cancer every time you clean your bathroom. Ditch the sponge for something biodegradable or has a longer lifecycle than a couple weeks.
- Unplug! The toaster, the computer, hairdryer, phone changer when not in use. A plug left in an outlet still captures electrical charge and is like leaving the faucet running, which brings us to…
- Use less water. Take slightly shorter showers, turn off the water while you brush your teeth, only run the dishwasher and washing machines when full. If you have a yard, consider using drip irrigation and collected rain water to hydrate it.
- You’re cold, so tempting to turn up the heat right? Reach for a sweater and a hot beverage instead, or better yet install a wood burning stove or gas fireplace. You’re hot? May I suggest just getting as naked as possible and turning on a fan!
- Install Energy Star products when it’s time to replace old items. Consider going the whole 9 yards by getting solar panels or exploring waste water recycling methods that are permitted in your area.
- Eat organic, vegan and local as much as possible they all help to lower your carbon impact on the earth.
- Use the dryer less, it’s a major energy waster!
- Compost if possible! It’s a great way to cut down on household waste and I put my paper towels & bio-degradable utensils in it too!
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