The Green Issue

. June 6, 2012.

Let’s be honest—we live in a nation plagued by pollution, waste and awful eating habits,  but there is light at the end of the tunnel, a solution many businesses in Ann Arbor are working towards. A2 is a community saturated in environmental awareness, and here are some of the players working toward a better future.

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop
2280 S. Industrial
734 996-9155
www.a2ptothriftshop.org

Shop green while saving green! This non-profit resale shop fully supports environmentally-conscious shopping.  New and gently-used donated items stock the store; clothing, shoes and accessories, household goods, books, linens, furniture, just about everything you need can be found at the shop at reasonable prices. Proceeds fund AA public school programs and the Member of the Washtenaw County Waste Knot program. You can feel good about shopping at the AAPTO Thrift Shop and save a bundle! We are on the #6 AATA bus line.

Victory Lane
1635 Plymouth Rd.
2185 W. Stadium
734-996-1196
www.victorylane.net

Synthetic motor oil is more eco-friendly than conventional oil—it’s not extracted from the earth, it lasts longer when in use and it improves fuel economy. It is a greener choice than conventional oils, and that’s what you can find at Victory Lane. 

Pregitzer Farm Market
At the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
3-7pm every Thursday
Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave.
http://yourfarmmarket.com

“Like your own garden without the work” is our motto at Pregitzer Farm Market. We’ve been growing produce since 1996, providing families with the best produce Michigan has to offer. Each week, our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivers a box packed with our favorite summertime produce to a location near you for pick-up. We are a family business in your community, giving you the opportunity to eat locally-grown produce and know where it came from and how it was grown. Check out our website for more information, and join us on Facebook.

Treasure Mart
529 Detroit Street
734-662-1363

Recycling isn’t just putting your bottles and cans at the curb. When you shop for housewares and furniture from Treasure Mart, you are also helping to reduce waste and our impact on the planet. At Treasure Mart, we’ve been recycling for 51 years.

Douglas J Aveda
500 E. Liberty
734-222-5416
www.douglasj.com

All Douglas J companies proudly use Aveda products on our guests. Aveda manufactures professional plant-based hair care, skin care, makeup, Pure-FumeTM and lifestyle products. Aveda tries to ensure products will not only benefit our customers through exceptional performance, but will positively impact the people and economies from which the product’s ingredients are sourced. Aveda products are also available for purchase at each of our locations, or may be purchased online. New color guests save 20 dollars on their first color service. Please use promo code 961.

People’s Food Co-op
216 N. 4th Ave.
734-994-4589
http://www.peoplesfood.coop

One good deed you can do for the planet is making sure your food doesn’t travel too far to get to your plate. Celebrating our 40th anniversary, the People’s Food Co-op continues our commitment to bringing you hometown favorites from local heroes such as Clancy’s Fancy, The Brinery, Mindo Chocolate, a host of area farms and more.

Gross Electric
2232 S. Industrial Highway
www.grosselectric.com
734-665-8676

Lighting accounts for approximately 20 percent of your home’s energy cost.  By changing the most frequently used lights to more efficient fluorescent versions can make a tremendous difference. A compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) produces about four times the light for the same amount of energy as an incandescent bulb.  To find the CFL that will produce the same amount of light as your existing incandescent, divide the wattage by four.  For example, to replace a 100-watt incandescent, you need a 25-watt CFL.  However, CFLs are not ideal for all applications.   To make sure you’re choosing the right CFLs for your home, visit the experts at Gross Electric.

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