If you haven’t gathered from recent posts, or lack thereof, we’re a very busy family. We do our best to be green, but we also don’t want to miss out on life. Some of our friends cope by limiting their children to activities they can all do together, or one of the parents doesn’t work, or works part time, or they focus on kids activities and the parents put their “extra-currriculars” on hold while the children are at home.
Our family is trying to do it all. That means we have to find shortcuts we can live with. Recently that has meant leaning more heavily on buying prepared foods and when we were camping we actually didn’t even try to go grocery shopping before the trip. Instead we went to the local grocery store while we were camping.
One of the shortcuts I have found is to have household goods delivered. This idea is not new, but I’ve always been concerned about the environmental impact of having things like laundry detergent, toilet paper and toothpaste, delivered to the house. Last fall I discovered ePantry.
ePantry uses its algorithm to figure out what household products it thinks you might need each month, based on the size of your family and your family’s habits. It then suggests what you might need in each shipment. Each month it sends you an email saying what it has scheduled for your shipment and gives you the chance to add or subtract items. I’ve added and removed items through the web browser on my computer, through the browser on my iPhone and through their app. The interfaces some times takes a little getting used to, but they are always very clear about what they are planning to send me and give me several warnings via email.
Why ePantry instead of some other subscription service? ePantry carries only environmentally responsible products, offsets the carbon used in the transportation of the products, uses recycled packaging, and donates a portion of each order to reforestation efforts.
I’m not a huge fan of Amazon. As a mega store they are contributing to many of our local businesses going out of business, particularly our local book stores and music stores. I also feel that they are automating so much of their business that they are not not only hurting small businesses, but removing jobs from the US job force. Overall I’m not prepared to say that I’m boycotting them, but I’d rather send my business elsewhere.
Other than Amazon, I’m not aware of another subscription service where I can control exactly what I get, I can choose to order products or not each month, and they carry brands that I want to purchase. I find that ePantry offers to send me products more often than I actually need them, but it’s easy enough to delete them from your upcoming order. They have also caused us to say “are we running out of toilet paper?” Before we actually run out. With a busy household, it’s important that someone remembers to check! I appreciate that they carry brands I trust such as Mrs. Meyers, Method, 7th Generation, Tom’s of Maine, as well as many smaller companies I’ve never heard of. They also have an option where you can search by “B Corporations”.
B Corporations are a form of corporation that is certified to meet standards for for how they treat employees, the environmental impact of the products they sell and how they benefit society. When I can, I prefer to give my business to B Corporations.
ePantry has a referral program. If you sign up and use my referral code, you get $10 off your first order and I get $10 off my next order. You can use my code by clicking on this link: https://www.epantry.com/referrer/43163/
Happy Greening, and I hope ePantry makes your life easier and greener too!
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