Grocery Shopping and Cartons

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Grocery Shopping and Cartons

Wow! My shopping habits have changed over the years...

EARLY 20's...When I got married and was in my early 20's, I shopped for bargains. Nutritional value didn't matter at all!  I was on a very STRICT BUDGET and my metabolism was that of a 20 something (enough said). 

Then I entered my LATE 20's and I started looking at nutrition labels.  Back then, I was focused on FAT GRAMS and that was about it! Remember those days?  

LATE 30's... Fast forward a decade and I have a couple of daughters now and I'm in my late 30's (where I will remain for the next 40 years) hehehe.  I have spent a lot of time educating myself on whole, organic, green foods.  I try to purchase the least processed, steroid-free food I can find for my family.  I frequent roadside stands and purchase fruits and vegetables from local farmers.  

I consider myself healthy and aware.  I care about my family's health and also have a vested interest in the environment.  Have you seen an overall increase in health awareness among people recently?  For the most part, I think Americans have a much better grasp on healthy living and how they can improve their quality of life by the choices they make in food and exercise. People are really thinking about what they put in their grocery carts.  They are aware of the effects certain foods have on their overall health and because they are educated about these issues, they make better decisions (hopefully).  Exposure to the facts about health issues via news articles, television programs and reading material is hugely responsible for this increased awareness.  They have taught us what we should be eating and doing to improve our overall health.  

We are educated consumers... or are we? When we put groceries into our shopping cart, thinking of the health consequences, do we also think of the environmental consequences of those very items?  Are we aware and educated on the effects that the packaging has on our planet?  I hope you'll take a minute to read these interesting facts.  I bet you'll be surprised to find out that...
  • Packaging can make a difference in keeping your food and beverages fresh.
  • Paper cartons are recyclable, made with renewable materials using biomass energy
  • Recycled cartons are used to make tissue, office paper, building materials and much more
  • Responsible forestry promotes new forest growth, which helps diminish greenhouse gases.
I have a new goal to go along with healthier shopping.  I'm going to be more aware of the packaging of items going into my cart.  My orange juice and milk is always going to be in cartons.  I'm going to do my part, in every small way to help the environment.

If you visit the Choose Cartons website, you can learn much more about the importance of purchasing cartons!  You can also help Habitat for Humanity if you'll share this message via Twitter using hashtag #choosecartons. When 1500 tweets are reached, Evergreen Packaging will donate $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity.  You can read all about the details at

I am not being paid or compensated in any way for writing this post.  It is something that I feel strongly about and just wanted to spread the word.  I hope you will do the same.  Jump on Twitter today and help educate others about the importance of packaging and by doing so you'll also be helping Habitat for Humanity.

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1 comment:

  1. Nicole, this is a great post. It is so upsetting just how many things are packaged in plastic. We get our milk (glass bottles) delivered and try to grow / get most of our produce from a local CSA.