On December 10, 2011 Kanu is organizing our first Carrot Mob! These mobs are one way to influence businesses by spending money as a group in return for the business taking socially-responsible actions we care about. Kale's Natural Foods agreed to be our test site. We'll shop together on on Dec 10 at Kale's and they'll use part of the profits to install the Center's first recycle bins.
I've never been to Kale's so Eathan and I headed down there yesterday to check out the place and have lunch. We met up with Jen Hee, Kale's multi-talented baker, for a short tour and shot the video above. Here are seven things that stood out:
1. The Center really has no recycle bins. Kale's is planning on using part of the proceeds to install bins. They are looking at bins for compostable containers, HI5, and cardboard.
2. Wow, I found a local source for Handy Pantry sprout seeds! I love this brand and have been sprouting their seeds for some time. I ran out of my favorite 5 seed mix and they carry it. Sprouting is a great way to get started with reducing packaging waste by growing some of your own greens. Sprouts are about the easiest things in the world to grow.
3. They don't have bulk shampoos and lotions (which we buy) but have lots of other stuff including tea in bulk. We usually buy the same bulk items monthly so we use ziploc bags that are labeled with the product numbers over and over and over again. I can't believe I've never bought bulk tea before. Am going to pick up a bunch on Carrot Mob day.
4. The deli has yummy looking things! I tried the wild salmon burger which Jen says is served with focaccia that they make from scratch with no mixer. You can check out Kale's website for their menu http://www.kalesnaturalfoods.com/.
5. This looks like a fairly complete health food store that will probably carry things you would normally buy from a health food store.
6. They are the only retailer in Hawaii that I know of that sells Whoa Fat's cooking oil disposal containers. These are made in Hawaii using recycled paper. For $3 you can support Hawaii's last onsite paper recycler (and possibly help save your drain from clogs).
7. I got lost. I admit I have a GPS enabled phone though I couldn't break away from my audio book entertainment long enough to actually get androidy guidance. For first timers, do look up directions. The Center is off the main road a bit.
If you live on Oahu somewhat near Kale's we do hope you'll do your health food shopping with us on December 10, 2011. If you have never bought in bulk before, this is a good time to give it a try!
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