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Have you heard about or tried the Green Polka Dot Box™ (GPDB) yet? Think of it as a cyber Costco® model for natural and organic foods and products. This online store—at www.greenpolkadotbox.com—is one of the first retailers to take a non-GMO pledge for all the products it sells to its paid-membership audience. The company advertises up to 60% savings on organic products you may be buying anyway—all delivered to your doorstep.

Using cloth or recycled bags for groceries is a positive green initiative—except if your bags are actually turning green! When was the last time you washed yours? A survey by the Home Food Safety Program revealed that just 15% of Americans regularly launder or clean their grocery totes, which can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. “Cross-contamination occurs when juices from raw meats or germs from unclean objects come in contact with cooked or ready-to-eat foods like breads or produce,” says registered dietitian and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Ruth Frechman, MA, RD. “Unwashed grocery bags [harbor] lingering bacteria which can easily contaminate your foods.” Get thee to a washing machine, stat!


Sandy Todd Webster

For 22 years, Sandy Todd Webster was the chief architect of IDEA's content program - including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS - the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. She created, launched and nurtured these brands and many others during her productive and purposeful IDEA tenure. Sandy is a Rouxbe-certified professional plant-based cook and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach who is pursuing a Master's degree in Sustainable Food Systems through The Culinary Institute of America (expected August 2024). She plans to combine these passions with her content expertise to continue inspiring others to make the world a more just, healthy and regenerative place.

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