Wednesday, February 8, 2012


In the words of Ed Begley, Jr., "pick the low hanging fruit".  By that he means to make the easiest green changes first.  Well, today I sorta took that advice literally, yet by accident!  I chose Rainforest Alliance Certified red grapes at the grocery store.  They are delicious and nutritious, and by happenstance, they are also sustainable, which is of course a win/win for all.  I wanted to learn more about the Rainforest Alliance Certification, so I looked it up and was surprised to learn that more than two million farmers, farm workers, and their families directly benefit from the Rainforest Alliance Certification.  Rainforest Alliance Certification ensures that those who are certified address the three pillars of sustainability "environmental protection, social equity, and economic viability."  To become Rainforest Alliance Certified™, farms must be audited by the independent international certification body, Sustainable Farm Certification, Intl., which certifies to Sustainable Agriculture Network standards.  Oh, and did I mention, that the holey plastic bag (so that the grapes can breathe) is also recyclable #4 LDPE or Low-density polyethylene?  You can bet it will be returned to the grocery store on my next trip and placed in the recycle bin near the entrance door ;)