AT on ... Green Shopping

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We get most of our cleaning products at a place called Elephant Pharmacy ("The pharmacy that prescribes yoga") and our organic cat food and biodegradable kitty litter at pet store across town called Alpha Pet Supply.

As much as we love browsing through the various green home stores that are popping up here and there, we still got our grocery tote, paper towel replacements and non-toxic hand soap at Trader Joe's.

I've noticed that being a green shopper has really changed me from the one-stop grocery store frequenter I once was. I used to be able to spend 30 minutes in a Vons or Safeway or Albertsons and walk out with everything I needed for the week.

Not any more.

Now, I get my veggies at the farmer's market and then my Method products at Target. Lots of weekends are often spent on lengthy quests that include stops at all of these places (luckily most are close by).

I don't mind. And, honestly, there's something intangibly enjoyable about the process. It really does make the whole experience feel more purposeful and thoughtful -- gives the task of shopping for everyday items a bit more weight.

It's definitely a change.

How has green changed your shopping style? And, have you found one place where you can get most everything you need? If not, what does your shopping itinerary look like?

Image: Via Cindy Kalamajka

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