Going Green - 3 Best Eco-Friendly Grocery Stores

by Andrew Hoeft | Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

For the majority of us, food preparation is something we all do several times a week.

Two things, we can save money by reducing our impact on the environment, and we minimize our carbon footprints by shopping at locations who understand this lifestyle.

Locating the best grocery stores for earth friendly products can help us do both. If you want to shop with confidence knowing that you are purchasing high quality, environmentally friendly items, consider these top 3 eco-friendly grocery stores:

Whole Foods Market

This green grocery store has one the largest selections of fresh, organic produce, milk and eggs, bulk products, whole grain breads, grass-fed meat, vegetarian selections, natural/homeopathic health remedies and eco-friendly cleaning items in the country.

Pick up fresh flowers that are organically grown, enjoy one of the product samples; grab a cup of coffee, or even a quick lunch. You can also buy organic dog food for your bestie!

The stores are some of the cleanest, brightest, and the salespeople are the friendliest. Quality is never an issue or even a question at Whole Foods; however they are criticized for their higher sticker prices. Health experts advise that organic products are worth any extra cost from a health standpoint.

For people who live relatively near a Whole Foods Market, you can order online. Just check the website and enter your zip code or postal code to find out if the option is available for you.

Trader Joe’s

Shopping is seamless and enjoyable at Trader Joe’s. Each visit offers the opportunity of new items on the shelves, and you can opt-in to receive the “Fearless Flyer” every few weeks. The newsletter (printed on recycled paper and also available online) advertises new, popular products and specials.

Trader Joe’s has:

  • A large selection of organic produce, cheese and milk
  • Fresh flowers at the door
  • Unique canned, packaged and frozen items
  • Varieties of organic, healthy cereal, juices, and cookies
  • Top quality baked goods and dried fruits and nuts
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Unique, quality beers and wines

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Natural Grocers is excellent for earth friendly products. Its stores are located in the United States (in Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming), and shoppers can also purchase items online.

Among its earth friendly products:

  • Vitamins
  • Body care
  • Bulk items
  • Organic foods
  • Herbs and spices
  • Dietary supplements
  • Quality pet food
  • Certified organic produce
  • Naturally raised meats

Natural Grocers also keeps its shopper up to date about current issues with their blogs: Safety Blog and Natural Products Blog. The website also has recipes, nutrition and health articles. You can subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, where you can get access to deals and receive coupons!

All things considered, these are just a few nationally recognized Grocer chains in the country that provide their shoppers with the ease of mind in regards to eco and earth friendly products. There is a consumer trend that implicates a steady growth in health and wellness conscious buyer and these are just the top 3 stores looking to provide satisfaction to this increasing demographic of shoppers.

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