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Did you know that every time you use your reusable container, we donate 5 cents to our non-profit community partner?
For the past six months we have partnered with Empower Art, a non-profit organization whose mission is to commit to facilitate healing and empowerment for adolescent survivors of family and sexual violence through various forms of creative expression.
From September 8th – September 15th we’re asking our customers and online community to help us decide our next non-profit partner. Starting October 1st, in.gredients will donate 5 cents per reusable container you fill at the store.
Please take the time to read about these four amazing local non-profit organizations, and then take the poll to help us decide who our next partner will be. Thank you!
|Anthropos Arts is an Austin-based nonprofit working primarily in the East Austin community to bring top professional musicians into Title I, low-income middle and high schools to offer free music lessons, workshops, master classes and performance opportunities to economically disadvantaged youth.|
|Keep Austin Fed is a grassroots group of local volunteers working with Austin charities that put food directly into the hands and mouths of our hungry Austin neighbors in need. They gather healthy and consumable food from local food sources (restaurant, caterers, etc) and distribute it to area charities.|
|SafePlace envisions a community free of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. SafePlace is ending sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. SafePlace provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence. They help victims in their healing so they can move beyond being defined by crimes committed against them, and become survivors. They promote safe and healthy relationships for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence.|
|TreeFolks is Central Texas’ only charity that promotes comprehensive urban forestry practices to public, private and government audiences. Since 1989 TreeFolks has planted 250,000 trees in and around Austin at schools, parks, in medians, right of ways, community gardens and green belts. By planting trees, TreeFolks preserves Austin’s quality of life by cooling the air, cleaning water, and providing a shaded sense of place that fosters a healthy, connected community. Annually, they plan more than 10,000 trees and provide stewardship opportunities that log nearly 30,000 volunteer hours.|
Summer is the perfect time to focus on healthy, plant-based meals. With temperatures in the triple digits, sticking to a diet full of locally grown produce is a refreshing way to beat the heat and survive this Texas summer.
We’re lucky that there are so many healthy, active and knowledgable folks here in Austin. We’re even luckier to be teaming up with Traveling Recipes for our first Community Cooking Class. Traveling Recipes was created by Andi, a former teacher who left the public school system to work on changing the way our community eats. She believes in forming a relationship with your food, eating lots of vegetables, and getting creative in the kitchen.
Andi is a food coach, private chef, nutrition educator and food blogger. Andi’s workshops inspire improved eating habits, increase knowledge of nutrition and whole foods while enhancing overall wellness. Our community class will teach you how to cook easy and wholesome food while having a great time. We will be sourcing and highlighting produce from several of our beloved local farms. Not only will you cook amazing food, you’ll know exactly where it came from and celebrate in the fact that you’re supporting your local food system.
If you have a little one, feel free to bring them! The wonderful ladies from The Little Yoga House will be joining us for the evening, providing yoga and fun activities for your kids while you’re cooking. The cost for the yoga class is $20 per child, cash or check only. If you do plan on bringing your little one along, please send us an RSVP email at email@example.com
If you like food, new friends and delicious beverages (we even have kombucha on tap!) join us on Saturday, July 20th from 6-8 pm for our first Wine & Dine Community Cooking Class.
Plastic is pervasive.
It’s hard to live in the modern world and not encounter the stuff every single day. It’s in our clothes, our cars and our food. When walking through a conventional grocery store, almost every aisle is packed to the seams with food items wrapped in layers of plastic.
Matthew Spiegl, a writer for the Huffington Post, sums it up nicely in a recent article:
“While plastic has given us many breakthrough products and uses that have enriched our lives, it has also led to a single-use throw away mentality that finds us buried under an unsustainable and unbearable burden of plastic pollution today.
We have become a society of convenience and exploited plastic without regard for the impact on our environment. We take for granted the fragile balance of earth, air and ocean that serves as our life support system. But what do we do to support it in return?
We need to remember that every piece of plastic ever produced on this tiny blue planet of ours remains in our environment forever; it won’t go away, it will outlive us and the Earth, or what will be left of our little planet, if we don’t change our ways.“
On June 14th 2013, Christian Lane, co-founder of in.gredients, accepted one of the awards for Most Promising Emerging Businesses at the Think Beyond Plastic awards ceremony. With this award, in.gredients staff was recognized for our work in changing the way people relate, use and depend on plastic.
As Lane put it,
“It’s been a collection of information, events and people that have inspired us to find a different way of buying and selling food. We’ve paid attention to the facts and figures and to people like our grandmother who lived through the Great Depression — she re-used everything. We’ve also paid attention to folks like Alice Waters, Michael Pollan and Rachel Botsman who have inspired us to craft a new approach.
Our mission is to minimize waste and promote healthy, sustainable lifestyles by selling local food with pure ingredients, package-free. There’s no waste in nature. Waste is a human invention.
As good stewards of our environment, our top priority is to reduce the amount of waste we produce and reuse what we have. Being package-free radically limits our waste generation. Our business will be waste free; your home can be waste free too.”
We’re a micro grocer in Austin, Texas, but we dream big.
Check out the Huffington Post article featuring Think Beyond Plastic and in.gredients.
Austin’s going bag-less.
29 days from now Austin’s Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance goes into effect. If all of this is news to you, here are some of the facts.
The ordinance, unanimously passed by City Council on March 2, 2012, regulates the types of bags that can be distributed by business establishments in Austin and encourages a shift to reusable bags. The ordinance does not eliminate all plastic or paper carryout bags, but it does set some requirements for the types of bags allowed. You can check out the nitty gritty details of the ordinance, including which types of bags are allowed, here.
According to some estimates, Austinites use 263 million plastic bags a year. Fewer bags will reduce the amount of waste Austin sends to the landfill, moving us closer to our zero-waste goal.
For many of you, this is no sweat off your back. You may be a reusable bag guru, and would rather precariously pile things in your arms than accept a plastic bag.
Since opening our doors, the only bags found at in.gredients are small recycled paper bags (for people who’ve forgotten their containers) and reusable bags of various types and sizes. Our commitment to being a zero-waste and package-free store has been well received, with our customers taking an extra step to bring their own bags and containers.
If the thought of not hearing “paper or plastic” at the checkout feels strange, here’s how to prepare. Gather all those bags you already have and put them in easily accessible locations- your car, your bike bag, your purse- so you’ll never be without one. If you don’t have any reusable bags, get some from your favorite store or farmers market. Or if you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can make your own out of recycled materials (choose something heavy duty, so it won’t break with the weight of groceries.) It’s always nice to have a small foldable bag that you can keep in your purse or pocket, so you won’t have to panic if and when you forget your bags (it’s bound to happen.) You’ll also want to make sure to wash your bags on a regular basis, avoiding food contaminants.
Moving away from single-use bags is happening internationally. In 2009, the United Nations Environmental Program called for a worldwide ban on lightweight plastic bags. In some African countries (Mali, Mauritania, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and Kenya) certain types of plastic bags are banned. Italy was the first nation in Europe to ban plastic bags, with France following suit by 2014. In other countries (Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Taiwan and some cities in India) certain plastic bags are taxed. Here in the US, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Brownsville, Texas have implemented versions of bag bans or specific bag-related taxes.
It’s catching on, and we’re proud that Austin is following suit.
To celebrate this step towards sustainability, Austin Zero Waste Alliance is throwing a “Bag to the Future” party on Thursday, February 28th at 8 pm. Come dance to the sweet tunes of Whiskey Shivers as we applaud our progress in becoming a zero-waste city. Stay tuned for the more details on the event. Here’s to a less wasteful future, everywhere!
(Photo: Chicago Tonight)
Looking for a gift this holiday season? If you’re hoping to stick with local gifts this year we have a great idea for you. Our holiday gift baskets are full of local goodies, wrapped in reusable containers, and crafted to make your holidays full of joy.
We love options, so we have a tea themed basket and a coffee themed basket. Check out the pictures below for more details.
They’re available in.store now, happy holidays!
in.gredients Coffee Holiday Basket
in.gredients Tea Holiday Basket
It’s almost Thanksgiving! By now, the meal planning is probably in full-force and you’re prepping yourself for a few days of serious family time. While out shopping for your holiday dishes, challenge yourself to go local. And if you’re feeling up especially adventurous, consider shooting for a 100-mile Thanksgiving.
A 100-mile Thanksgiving means you’re aiming for all your ingredients to be sourced from within 100 miles of your dinner table. Thanksgiving is a holiday based around seasonal feasting, so it seems like a good idea to shoot for fresh, local food.
If a completely local meal seems daunting, try to source one dish locally, or get your turkey from a local farm. If you’re at a loss of where and what’s available to you, check out Local Harvest, a website where you enter in your zip code and get a map of farms and local food sources nearby.
Live in Austin? The produce available to you will range from kale to poblano peppers. You can stick with traditional dishes, such as honey roasted sweet potatoes, or think outside the box and whip up some jalapeno cranberry corn bread. Being in the height of cold-weather crop season, we’re lucky to have an abundance of produce at our fingertips. Filling your menu with local veggies will not only highlight the local food, it will also up the nutritional value of your dinner.
If you’re shooting for local and can’t find the traditional Thanksgiving foods in your region, consider shaking it up. We all live in a unique landscape with a food history all its own. Perhaps take this Thanksgiving as an opportunity to showcase the foods that symbolize where you live. Check out these unique menu ideas from five regions of the United States.
We also found this fantastic infographic that maps out localizing your Thanksgiving. There are plenty of resources out there to help you plan a local Thanksgiving. Have a fantastic holiday, and happy eating!
Our co-founder, Christian Lane, got invited onto KVUE Austin to talk about in.gredients and winning Austin Chronicle 2012′s Best New Local Business.
You can check out the video here.
Thanks again to all the Austin Chronicle reader’s that voted for us, our fantastic vendors and our loyal customers.
What a wonderful thing to wake up to on this Thursday morning.
The reader’s of the Austin Chronicle (AC) have spoken and have selected in.gredients as Austin’s Best New Local Business for 2012. We’re honored (and beyond ecstatic) about being selected, and want to send out a big thank you to our amazing customers, vendors and Austin Chronicle readers who gave us their vote.
We love to be recognized as a place where people can gather around local food. Whether it’s stocking up your pantry and fridge or enjoying local beer (or coffee, or kombucha) on our porch, we’re all about keeping things local.
The Austin Chronicle’s write up about our business made us blush, and we’re tickled at the idea of changing people’s grocery store experience when they head to our store.
“It’s easy to forget that In.gredients is a grocery store. We’re so used to seeing representations of food so spritzed and prepped, dressed and resined, that we sometimes lose the sense that we’ve come to fortify our bodies, hearts, and souls. When confronted with humble bins of foodstuffs – farm-fresh produce, varieties of granola, cocoa-dusted almonds, quinoa – as well as local favorites – Miles of Chocolate, Eastside Pie pizza slices, and pineapple/basil paletas from Mom & Pops – it’s a little jarring (Mason pun intended). If we feel “Grrrrreat!” it’s not due to the ubiquitous presence of some cartoon corporate mascot; it’s because we feel good about filling our jugs with Austin-brewed beer and local honey. And when they threw in a free sprig of basil on our last visit, well, that made us happier than a decoder ring. Therein lies the prize.“
Thanks AC, you can fill up your growlers and mason jars at in.gredients any time.
A big shout out to our vendor’s, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Baby Zach’s, 512 Brewery and Wunder-Pilz for making the list. We love supporting local vendors like y’all. Congratulations to the other East Side food-based businesses – Blue Dahlia, HOPE farmers market, Eater Austin, and East Side King, we’re lucky to have such an abundance of amazing places to get, talk, and think about food.
To celebrate this awesome title, we want to thank our customers. Bring in your copy of the Austin Chronicle and get a $1 off your favorite beer, or take home a sprig of basil, it is, after all, what makes the people happy.
You – our customers and vendors – make us happy, thanks for all your support and for voting us Austin’s best new local business!
We love that this weather still calls for outdoor events where the only addition needed is possibly putting on a sweater.
To celebrate, we’re starting to host featured brewer nights on a regular basis. We think it’s a great way to showcase the amazing things “brewing” (we love a good pun) down here in Austin.
Come out this Wednesday, November 7th from 7-9 p.m. and raise your glasses to Lone Star’s Texas Bock. This lager has a roasted, malty aroma with a mild caramel taste. And the best part about it (except for the beer, of course) is you get to take home a Lone Star pint glass (first come, first serve- we’ve got 50 glasses.) Good beer and free glassware? Yes, please.
On top of all that magic, the Bee Creek Boys will be playing on our porch starting at 8 p.m. Come down and enjoy the beautiful Fall evening, listen to some local tunes AND drink beer out of your new pint glass. Wednesday evenings just got more awesome. Happy drinking!