Archives for Philosophy

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Help us Stand with Standing Rock!

in.gredients will be accepting donations of supplies to send to the Standing Rock camp to support the protestors in their defense of water and their ancestral lands.  The requested supplies are listed below, so please bring in anything from canned food to sleeping bags to the donation box in-store.  If you prefer to make a […]

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Our Unacceptable in.gredients List

We try to make the experience of shopping at in.gredients as fun and stress-free as possible. We take pride in our thorough sourcing process where we screen the ingredients in each of our products to guarantee that our customers only receive the best, healthiest products made in an ethical way with guilt-free ingredients. acesulfame-K (acesulfame […]

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9th Annual Bug Eating Festival July 13th!

Little Herds Celebrates Eating Insects and a Sustainable Future of Food at the 9th Annual Bug Eating Festival Part II on Wednesday, July 13th For the second year in a row, in.gredients is hosting the Bug (Eating) Festival – a celebration of entomophagy and the future of food organized by Little Herds, an Austin non-profit working […]

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‘I’m in’ with Stephanie Ciancio from San Fransisco’s Nesting So Hard

Stephanie Ciancio lives in San Fransisco but insists on taking a trip to in.gredients every time she visits her best friend in Austin. Stephanie’s commitment to living a zero waste lifestyle and changing how she shops has led her to start Nesting So Hard, a service that helps people reorganize their kitchens and commit to zero waste […]

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Pioneering the Possible

Our ambitious ethos has garnered quite a bit of attention since our IndieGoGo campaign launched us into the public spotlight just about three years ago.  People from across the globe applauded our efforts to reduce food-related waste in the grocery industry by pioneering a “package free” model.  It’s been almost two years of holding close to our original, idealistic […]

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Erica’s Bug Sauce

Last night we were lucky enough to play host to a crowd of intelligent, motivated, and committed environmentalists with one thing in common: a dedication to the human consumption of bugs. Recently we published a blog post explaining why we are jumping into the world of entomophagy (pun intended). Last night’s inspired and informed guests, […]

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Weekly Specials and Update :: February 18th – 25th

Weekly Updates from in.gredients Neighborhood Grocer View this email in your browser What a week it’s been!  We’d like to thank everyone who made our Valentine’s Day Singles Mixer and Game Night such a success.  We saw at least a few sparks flying across those tables.  A very special thanks to Tiny Pies, Lick Ice […]

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in.gredients Holiday Gift Basket

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 […]

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No More Label Stress

At in.gredients, you don’t have to stress over product labels. We make finding healthy food with pure ingredients easy for our customers by, well, only selling healthy food with pure ingredients. While many stores sell healthy food with “real” ingredients, few will carry only real foods. It’s common to have to constantly read product labels […]

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Local Agriculture Economy

According to the The New York Times, while “local farm sales are becoming more stable, predictable, and measurable,” big agriculture’s struggling to find labor, causing its price advantage over locally-grown food to slowly shrink. Indeed, the local food movement‘s creating a “vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture.” Just another reason to, as they say, […]

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Corn Subsidies and the Food Industry

Check out this infographic by Take Part, explaining the effects of huge corn subsidies on food. As many of you already know, these subsidies help make corn (and corn-based foods) abundant and inexpensive… but is that really good for us? (infographic: Take Part)

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We’re Social Capitalists

social capitalism (/ˈsōSHəl/ /ˈkapətlˌizəm/): an old idea taking on an new form in the age of social media where social capital, creative capital, and intellectual capital are deployed outside the construct of the prevailing corporations or governments; a social cause cast against the backdrop of market capitalism We’ve said before that we’re social capitalists – […]

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Behavioral Programming: How Our Ethos Work

Christopher Pepe: Christopher’s an all-star developer and partner/consultant with Praecipio Consulting and a part of in.gredients‘ founding team. Basic programming: how computers make decisions Computers are great at solving certain problems – and terrible at solving others. In its classic model the computer was programmed to make a “choice” given a set of rules that […]

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There is No “Away”

Not too long ago, one of our readers let us know about a philosophy she and her family have adopted that reduces waste and encourages them to be better stewards of the natural world. It’s the mindset is that there is no “away.” Discarded materials of various sorts continuously leave our residences – in trash […]

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Plastic Water Bottles Used to Make Solar Lights

Transforming a plastic water bottle that’d otherwise be landfill-bound (or possibly recycled) into a source of much-needed indoor lighting is one phenomenal example of turning a perceived problem into a solution. Today we know we need to drastically reduce the amount “waste” we produce, but what about all the “waste” that we’ve already generated? This video, […]

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The Problem is the Solution

“The problem is the solution” is one of the key principles of permaculture – a design strategy (and philosophy) for creating self-perpetuating, sustainable (i.e. zero-waste) systems. Making a problem into a solution could look like this: instead of seeing a pile of rubble/rocks as an undesirable burden, ask “how is this rubble/rocks useful?”Potential uses could […]

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Anthems of the Environment Past and Present

Environmental activism in music made its first big appearance in the 1970s when ecological issues like pollution and over-population started attracting attention to the health of the environment. The 70s started off with the creation of the Clean Air Act in 1970, which was the first federal legislation ever enacted to control levels of air […]

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It Shouldn’t Be “All Up to Consumers”…

[brightcove vid=723444997001&exp3=1187410652001&surl=http://c.brightcove.com/services&pubid=115485138001&pk=AQ~~,AAAAGuNzXFE~,qu1BWJRU7c2zPXB5pnS6ytF42ALvFXD6&w=760&h=390] Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and CEO of Seventh Generation, makes a good point that if conventional farmers were held financially responsible for adverse environmental effects like water pollution and erosion, then the price of the food that they produce would have to go up to reflect this expense. And if this were the case, organic food […]

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Sustainable Seafood

There’s a lot to love about seafood: not only is it delicious, but it’s some of the leanest and healthiest protein available. Fish is a wonderful source of essential fatty acids like omega-3’s and EPA/DHA, making it a great healthy choice for protein. However, issues in the oceans these days means the seafood enthusiast needs […]

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Organic Needed More than Ever

“Given that current production systems leave nearly one billion people undernourished, the onus should be on the agribusiness industry to prove its model, not the other way around.” This is the main point Barry Estabrook, former contributing editor of Gourmet magazine and author of Tomatoland, seeks to drive home in his article “Organic Can Feed […]

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General Wellness: The Body’s Inputs and Outputs (Guest Post)

Matt Arnold: Matt is a massage therapist devoted to supporting the sustainability community through bodywork, volunteering, and spreading the word (see: Bright Side Body Therapy. In his practice he works with people who want to make changes in the world, using massage to help them make changes in themselves first. Introduction Brian Nunnery, in.gredients team: […]

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It’s About Dialogue, Not Bias

Some people eat meat. Some don’t. Some prefer drip coffee. Others use a press, others go straight-up espresso machine, and others don’t even like coffee. ALL have their reasons – very good ones, in fact. And we’re not about to challenge any of them on our blog. We’ve been promoting and encouraging as much productive […]

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Are Your Recyclables Being Sent to the Landfill?

Earth 911 posted this insightful exposé last month, claiming that while some of the City of Chicago’s recycled material “found its way to a new life,” much of it was actually too “contaminated with broken glass and food residue (organics), rendering the stuff useless,” and in the end was sent to the landfill. The story […]

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Move, Eat, Learn

Rick Mereki recently traveled around the world creating compelling short films about three concepts: moving, eating, and learning. His final products (above) are brilliant, capturing in colorful simplicity glimpses of the human spirit. We can’t all be world travelers, but we look forward to bringing a bit of adventure to local Austinites. Whether you’re eating […]

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Green Kitchen Stories

Get ready to drool. The Green Kitchen Stories blog’s filled with amazing vegetarian dishes. The pictures are almost as mouth-watering as the recipes. Enjoy! (image via: Green Kitchen Stories)

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The Nitrogen Predicament: Why Agriculture’s Got To Change

Lauren Welker: Geologist, gardener, epicurean, homesteader, scholar, problem solver Nitrogen (N2) is an essential nutrient for all living organisms, and it’s one of the most important nutrients needed for plant growth. Without it, plants are unable to produce complex organic molecules like amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids.  For something that comprises 78% of the […]

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The Clean Bin Project

The Clean Bin Project – Trailer from Grant Baldwin Videography on Vimeo. Watch this trailer now – it’ll inspire you!  At in.gredients we’re always excited to learn about other zero-waste, precycling advocates. In The Clean Bin Project, Jen and Grant take on a competition where less really is more. The couple sets out to live a waste-free […]

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Carbon Footprint for Google Maps

Bravo, TerraPass, for creating a free plug-in that allows users to view the carbon emissions associated with their Google Maps routes. TerraPass’s driving calculator is another great tool to see your annual impact, fine-tuned to whatever vehicle you drive. (image via: The Terra Pass Footprint)

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Food Pyramid Redesign

Andrew Laskey won GOOD’s food pyramid redesign contest with this handy chart. Kudos, Andrew. We love how straight-forward it is. Obviously, at in.gredients a part of our goal is to give our customers easy access to a *variety* organic food created with care by nearby vendors and farms. We also want to promote responsible serving sizes […]

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Composting in Austin

Many of you have been asking us what are some practical steps you can take to live a zero-waste (or more environmentally conscious) life style. In the next few weeks we’ll try to cover topics such as recycling, reusing, and waste-reduction and provide relevant resources in Austin. We want to first cover the 101 on […]

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Reasons to Eat Seasonally

Check out this video about eating in-season produce (video via: Nourish) At in.gredients we want to offer you fresh, seasonal produce. We don’t want fruits or vegetables shipped from across the world, traveling thousands of miles, burning excess energy just to get to our store. We’re all about supporting our local farmers who, like us, […]

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National Geographic: How Much Food are we Wasting?

Has anyone else read the most recent copy of National Geographic?  The article, How to Feed a Growing Planet, features the above infograph of the average amount of food purchased – and wasted – per person in the US during the course of one year! According to National Geographic, by 2045 the population will likely […]

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The Zero Waste Home

The Johnson family share their zero waste lifestyle in this inspiring video: CLICK ! After Bea and Scott Johnson downsized from a 3,000 sq ft to 1,400 sq ft house, they began to declutter and simplify their lifestyle. As Bea researched more about zero waste, she completely transformed her family’s home. They realized their “refuse, reduce, […]

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Old is in.

When I’ve told folks about our campaign, I’ve often received the reactions “wow – that’s a great new idea!” and “that’s very innovative – I’ve never heard of that before.” And it’s true – what we’re hoping to do is very “new” to the Western world. But the concept of package-free, zero-waste groceries is by […]

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How do you connect with your food chain?

Author Michael Pollan on the biology and ecology of modern food chains (via Nourish): We’ve shaped our business model around improving the food chain – check out Nourish’s article for ways you can do it too.

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Food Economy: More = Worse

The US has never had so much food. Since mass food production began after World War II, famine has become an intangible concept we read about in history books. We’re loaded with calories that are pennies on the dollar. And this superlative abundance is going to backfire. Truth is, more = worse in this context. […]

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Is in.gredients More Expensive than the Supermarket?

If organic foods don’t contain any additives or processing, shouldn’t they be cheaper than foods that do? It makes sense at first glance. But the answer is actually “no” for a few reasons. Highly-processed, chemically-treated foods are cheaper because you’re paying for them with your taxes. After World War II, the US government (and other […]

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Impulse Buying Increases Waste

Candy. Gum. The $2 special at the end of Aisle 9. Impulse buys have become a sort of economical art in supermarkets, where store design and product arrangement influence customer spending. The longer the supermarket can keep you inside their store, the more they can expect you to spend; “when you dilly dally in a […]

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Where Green Business Needs to Be

The word “green” has been taken advantage of. Mugged, even – stripped of its worth. To be fair, at the dawn of what some ironically call the “Green Era,” green was as ambiguous as it is today: referring to a general awareness of the impacts our behavior has on the environment and a willingness to […]

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The Seasonality of Food

Americans have a jaded perspective of produce availability. We expect, for example, to find fresh peaches in our grocery store in January; cranberries in June; strawberries in March. In fact, most of us expect to find every type of fruit and vegetable in our grocery stores on every day of the year. This is completely […]

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Facts About Packaging

We don’t concern ourselves with convincing you that waste is bad. The fact that waste uses more energy and damages our environment over time is a truth accepted universally. It’s how we labor to reduce waste and lessen our environmental impact that we’re concerned with. To do so, we must change the way we live. […]

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The Sociology of Groceries: Why We’re Out to Change Things

A recent post by the Sustainable Cities Collective cited a study that found that people with practical access to supermarkets with healthy food options have the lowest rates of obesity, while those who don’t have the highest rates of such diet-related diseases. Why? The problem is first linked to transportation. Those who can’t afford cars […]

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