Monday, 11 February 2008

A letter

Dear Nature's Fare,

For sometime I have been meaning to write to you regarding a matter that is very important to me and, I believe, to the well-being of our Earth. For a few years now, my family and my friends' families have been working to reduce our use of plastic. One of the ways that we do this is by refilling our own containers with bulk products in order to avoid using new containers. We would love to see a few more bulk products in your store. Some things that I specifically would like to see are:

-Maple syrup and local honey
-Dr.Bronner's liquid castile soap (I have seen big refill jugs in the Kootenay Co-op in Nelson)
-An earth-friendly dish soap (such as Ecover which has big refill jugs available in other countries)
-Earth friendly/human health friendly shampoo
-Olive and/or grapeseed oil
-Bulk organic peanut butter (in other cities I have seen machines that actually grind the fresh peanuts right into your own jar, I've seen them for almonds too)
I have seen many of these products available in the bulk section of health food stores in other cities, and in those stores customers can bring in their own container, pre-weigh it, and then fill it with the product. I really do hope that you will consider these suggestions and I will hope to see these choices in your store one day soon.
On another note, I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am that you are opening a store in Westbank. On Friday I was in your new store in the Mission and I thought to myself how nice it would be if you opened a store on the Westside too, imagine how pleased I was to see your new store sign up on my way to the library the next day. Looking forward to shopping with you even more often, now that you will be closer to my home.

Thanks for your time,
Heather

Anyone else feel the same way? The more times they hear this, the more likely they are to do it.
One of my goals for this year was to stop Thinking about doing things, and just Do things. This letter was one small one of those things that I have been meaning to do. In order to motivate myself more, I have started a little blog to keep track of my goals as I achieve them, a sort-of simple living personal journal. I will, of course, still be posting with my friends here as I have so much fun connecting with them here as well as in person, but in case you are interested checking out some of my goals as I reach them, you can check here. *Just give me a few days to get some things done first, as I only just started. ;-)

5 comments:

Samantha said...

Awesome letter Heather!
I'm going to write one too because I would love to have all those things as well.

p.s. you had better keep posting with us or else I'll have to get out the whip!! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Great letter Heather! I know I miss their assortment of bulk items. I wish they had a stone grinder, where they could grind fresh flour,too. So much fresher that way. I know years back when they were still fairly new, I brought in my spice jars and had them weigh them, then I would refill them. Bulk honey would be great too!

Sandi

Samantha's momma said...

Heather, good on you! You should consider writing to your local newspaper where more people will see this and spread the word and be inspired. Thanks for giving me a template for what I want to say, sometimes it takes that little push to get people going.

To me, tiny steps turn into great big leaps and bounds.

Carol

Samantha's momma said...

Heather, good on you! You should consider writing to your local newspaper where more people will see this and spread the word and be inspired. Thanks for giving me a template for what I want to say, sometimes it takes that little push to get people going.

To me, tiny steps turn into great big leaps and bounds.

Carol

Heather said...

Hi Sandi
Good to hear from you, and good idea about the stone grinder. Maybe mention that to them next time you are in, I think with the new competition in town they might start trying to have some extras like that.
Thanks Carol
And I like that about the tiny steps into great big leaps and bounds. :-)