Meet Our last 2018 Changemaker: Deanna - The OUtta Thyme Veggie Butcher - You may have met Deanna at our Park Ridge farmers markets!
GGPR: Do you see important connections with the role you play in our community and our future on this planet? Would you like others in our community to know more about your efforts?
DEANNA: For me, Going Green started with a reusable straw and from there I was able to incorporate other things like bringing reusable veggie bags to the grocery store and Farmers Markets, traveling with a reusable water bottle on my weekly flights to NYC, ditching plastic ziplock bags - simple stuff that I could tweak in my own life to make an overall impact on waste. When I started my business, Outta Thyme Veggie Butcher, I made a conscious decision to use packaging that could be reused, recycled and composted, to compost all of the veggie waste and to encourage customers to bring their own shopping bags – as I wasn’t providing plastic ones. I loved talking to customers about seasonal produce and the best way to prep, pair, cook and eat them BUT it was also a great opportunity to talk about why I chose to ‘Go Green’ with my business and how they could join in on this great initiative. Something as simple as bringing back their reusable plastic container for their next Veggie Butcher order was a huge win in cutting down on waste and incentive for them, as they received a discount on their order. We made some great progress during the 2018 Market Season, we are excited to be back in 2019!
Take a look at what your neighbors are doing for Park Ridge sustainability!