One Green Thing: Organic Grocery Delivery

One Green Thing Strocel.comToday I’m tackling my One Green Thing for September. This month it’s all about shopping online. But first, I’ll talk about turning down my thermostat last month.

The temperature noticeably cooled in the later half of September in Vancouver. While it’s a gorgeous and sunny day today, we’ve had a number of mornings when I’ve felt compelled to dig out my winter coat in the past few weeks. There’s a dusting of snow atop the local mountains, and it’s getting dark earlier. This means that when I turned the thermostat down from 22 Celsius / 72 Fahrenheit to 20 Celsius / 68 Fahrenheit, I definitely felt it. I did a few things to help me adapt. I put a basket filled with blankets by the TV, and I’ve been keeping a blanket on my computer chair. I also bought myself some slippers, and dug out my sweaters. At this point, I’m pretty much acclimatised, and I’m feeling confident I can make this change permanent.

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This month I’m changing the way I grocery shop. I’ve recently taken on a new obligation on Sunday mornings, which is making it difficult for me to get to the farmers’ market regularly. However, I don’t like the idea of buying all my food at the regular grocery store. Instead, I’ve decided to try SPUD.ca, my local organic grocery delivery again. I used their service when Hannah was little, but I was still visiting the grocery store and farmers’ market weekly. Shopping at so many places became too expensive. In the years since I’ve used them their selection has expanded, and my hope is that I’ll be able to skip weekly grocery shopping by using them.

The primary reason I’m making this change is convenience. I am not a fan of grocery shopping. However, it is an eco-friendly change as well. The delivery service ships the groceries in reusable bins. They source local, organic and sustainably-produced products. They purchase carbon offsets for their delivery truck, and recycle a lot of difficult-to-recycle packaging like the plastic bag my daughter’s dried cranberries come in. When you buy something from them, you know exactly where it’s coming from, which is more than I can say for most produce at the grocery store. While I will miss being able to visit the farmers’ market each week, this is the next best thing.

My big questions are how much switching to grocery delivery is going to cost, and whether or not I’ll really be able to skip the grocery store. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, I’m enjoying being able to shop at home, in my pajamas, whenever I want.

If you’d like to get in on the act and take on One Green Thing of your own, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to grab the button from this post if you’re blogging about it, and spread the enviro-love.

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    1. We use spud too! Not for everything, but produce is generally excellent from spud, as are some of the prepared meals – my husband loves the beef pot pie from two rivers in North Van. With spud delivery we never run out of milk! Hope it goes well for you – we have been happy to see the selection greatly expanded even in the two years we’ve been using it.

    2. Before having kids we used to get a veggie delivery from a local (small) organic delivery service and in general we really liked it. We did find it difficult to keep up with eating everything in the weekly box, even after customizing what we received. We had the same experience last summer with a CSA box – we ended up having to give some food to family and friends so some of the food wouldn’t go to waste. We also ended our weekly milk delivery because some weeks we had to pick up more and some weeks the milk spoiled.

      I love the idea of the delivery for so many reasons. For myself, though, I wonder if the extra cost and issue of food waste makes it worth it. I’m interested to read about how this goes for you.
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      • I’ve had similar mixed experiences with the CSA. The difference with the organic grocery delivery is that you actually can custom-order whatever you want. Instead of ordering a generic veggie box, I order broccoli or cucumber or lettuce or whatever we actually need. It’s a lot more like visiting a grocery store that way. Of course there’s still waste, because I’m not the best meal planner, but in theory it shouldn’t be much different than if I were visiting the store. I will definitely report back, though!

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