Ahhh … the joys of the holidays! Fellowship, good will toward men, festive dining, pretty packages, gaily lit trees, heated family conversation at the dinner table about government mandated food labeling … errrrrrrrr – record scratch – ruh row – ! – how did we get here? One minute glasses are clinking and toasts are flowing, and the next we’re in the middle of a passionate debate regarding the pros and – according to my sibling, cons – of the recent CA prop 37 (labeling GM foods mandate). Good points were made by both sides – I must say – and while it’s a good exercise to hear and respond to the opposition’s viewpoint, I am most happy about one valid point agreed upon by all – that, regardless of GM food labeling mandates passing or not, WE the people get to continue “voting” by purchasing those foods that are FREE of GM products. Now, add to the mix another family member – my college freshman niece (Go ‘SC!) – who looks to her food blogger auntie for help with her newly acquired gluten-free diet. It was with these varied thoughts, needs and requests bouncing around in my brain that I stumbled upon The Green PolkaDot Box.
This family-owned company is on a mission to: 1) say buh-bye to “organic deserts” – those parts of the US of A where folks don’t have easy – or any! – access to “clean”, organic foods, 2) make clean, organic food available to all and 3) educate the public about our food supply via a “grass roots approach” to share about the “links between diet and disease, motivating them to seek out healthier, clean, organic alternatives”. And just when I don’t think it can get much better, I read on to learn that they have done the homework for us, and only carry the “highest quality, safe, clean, non-GMO and, whenever possible, organic” foods. There is LOADS of information on their site – they have an extensive FAQs section – and if that doesn’t cover all your inquiries, you may set up a live chat, e-mail or call – clearly, they want to hear from you! I also like that there is a “Request a Product” tab – beautiful!
Now, here’s what I simply love the most about this company’s website - and Natalie, this one’s for you – !! – when you go to the “Dietary Needs” tab, you find options you may highlight (such as: BPA Free, No Soy, Recycled Packaging, Certified Free Trade, Sprouted, Raw/Living Food, + 23 others!) thus customizing and refining your search of items they carry. Soooooooo, if I am a conscientious college newbie (hypothetically speaking, of course), hoping to battle migraines naturally, I might highlight “gluten free” and “verified non-GMO” (because your aunt nudged you in that direction) and then hit “search”. Voilà – you now have 150 items to peruse and, perhaps, purchase (isn’t alliteration fun??).
Now, there is some membership dealio that is part and parcel of this company – there is a video that explains it – but, admittedly, Kev and I began tuning that out as the rewards/membership structure started to make our post-holiday brains droop. We now understand why one of the FAQs is “Are you a MLM Company?” (and, FYI, the answer is “no” – they are NOT a Multi-Level Marketing company). Phew!
We Herbies do not have first-hand experience (yet!) with this company, but at first blush, it is very compelling. And we certainly resonate – strongly – with their goals. It does seem to be a reasonable approach to obtaining healthful and non-GM foods; and the proverbial icing on the cake is the purported savings as compared to shopping at traditional brick-and-mortar stores. What’s not to like about that? Are you or someone you know a Green PolkaDot Box member? We are interested in hearing about your experiences … do tell! Until then – happy and healthful eating – no better way to ring in the new year! Cheers!
Please note: No products or reimbursement were received for this product review; sentiments expressed are the author’s own. Herby the LOVE Blog is not professionally or financially affiliated with the Green Polka Dot Box.