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Have you heard of a Carrotmob? It’s an anti-boycott, basically, whereupon some people organize a group (some would say a MOB) of people to get out and support a local business that is trying to be particularly environmentally-friendly (the carrot vs. the stick — get it?) at a certain time and day.
Well, we think it’s a pretty cool idea, made even more cool because they’re organizing one for Ian’s Pizza on State. Maybe you know a little bit about what we do at Ian’s to try, in our own little way, to help the environment…
• Our drinking cups are made from corn and are compostable.
• Our napkins are from 100% recycled paper.
• Our to-go salad containers are made from sugar cane and are compostable.
• Our to-go utensils are made from cornstarch and are compostable.
• We give people an extra punch on their punch card if re-use a box or bring in their own container.
• We no longer have plastic bottled water for sale, but instead carry water in glass bottles (or, of course, we have tap water available at a water station).
• Our office paper is 100% recycled.
• We try to buy as much local food — vegetables, ham, all our cheese — as we possibly can.
Because they knew of our efforts, the Madison Carrotmob group asked if there was some particular “environmentally-friendly” thing we’d like to focus on that we hadn’t done yet, and as it turns out the answer was “yes.” We’d just gotten a solar energy audit, and found out that we have a perfect spot on the roof to put a solar energy hot water heater. That’s good news, right?
Right, but the bad news is that a solar hot water heater, even after rebates and incentives, costs uncomfortably close to $10,000. That’s a lot of slices at $3.50 per, if you know what we mean.
So that’s what we’re trying to do on Thursday, November 11th from 6pm-bartime… raise enough money to buy a solar hot water heater. We’ve pledged to put 50% of our profits above & beyond a usual Thursday toward this, and the Carrotmob planners have all sorts of fun things happening to help out. We’re even throwing together a special “Carrotmob” slice just for the day — a veggie slice with roast carrots, parsnips, and daikon radish on a dijon cream sauce, all finished with chives.
So stop by if you love carrots, parsnips, and daikon radish; stop by if you love solar hot water heaters; stop by if you want to support Ian’s being just a little more environmentally-friendly; stop by if you just want to see what the heck a carrotmob looks like…
For more information, visit http://madison.carrotmob.org/