Love Bulk Foods – A Pledge for the Earth



It’s April! There is just something about this month that really invigorates me. Even though spring technically starts in March, April looks, feels and even sounds more like the beginning of spring to me.

In addition to April being the real, true start of Spring (in my mind at least), it’s also Earth Month. Appropriate I think. The flowers are blooming, the grass begins to turn green, the Earth is coming alive around us!

A few weeks back, I got an email from the Bulk is Green Council (BIG), asking if I’d like to participate in their Earth Month challenge, a pledge to Love Bulk Foods. It didn’t take much convincing, as I already understand that purchasing from bulk bins can provide significant environmental benefits. However, until they threw out a few fun facts and figures, I don’t think I really grasped the magnitude of it. Check this out:

  • If Americans purchased all of their coffee beans from bulk bins for one week during Earth Month, 5,000,000 lbs of foil packaging would be saved from landfills. That’s the equivalent of 1,916 compact cars!
  • If Americans purchased all of their almonds from the bulk bins for just one week, 1,500,000 lbs of waste would be saved from landfills. That is equivalent to 130.6 elephants. In one week.
  • If all American families bought their peanut butter from the bulk bins for one week during Earth Month, 14,403,350 lbs of waste would be saved from landfills. That number is staggering!

I would absolutely love for you to join me in taking the pledge to love bulk foods and purchase them once a week during the month of April. All you have to do is visit and sign up. By doing this, you will automatically be entered into a weekly drawing to win a prize pack filled with useful items for your natural bulk pantry. (Full disclosure: I got one of the packs for helping to spread the word about this challenge. Great stuff! A cute tote bag, glass storage containers, seasonings, rice, granola, and a few other fun things).

At the time I am typing this, there are only 4 people from Nashville that have taken the pledge (and that # includes the 2 adults in my own household), and only about 20 from the entire state of Tennessee. Help me raise that number and show that we love the Earth!