(NEW YORK) — From snacks and condiments to beverages, more and more consumer goods have leaned into eco-friendly practices. As food companies continue to adapt to the times, it’s easier than ever for shoppers to support brands with products that taste great and help the planet along the way.
Whether it’s a fully sustainable supply chain, ethically sourced ingredients, recycling or zero-waste packaging, here are a handful of brands doing it right:
Plant-based restaurateur and chef Camilla Marcus’ zero-waste pantry line uses low-impact, plastic-free packaging such as sustainably sourced wood cellulose pouches, sugarcane paper labels and soy ink.
The California-based company is committed to low-impact products and a transparent supply chain, offsetting its carbon footprint with every order by investing in the Garcia River Project, a redwood forest preservation and management project that protects carbon stores, preserves wildlife habitats, reduces the risk of wildfires and protects the California watershed.
Founder and CEO Oded Brenner left his successful international chain of chocolate restaurants to blaze a new trail in the industry by working with Ecuadorian farmers to use the whole cocoa fruit – husks, beans, fruit and all – to create healthy, nutrient-dense treats that are recycled. next level food.
“I am thrilled to finally share Blue Stripes, an urban cocoa wellness brand, with the world and showcase the diversity of the cocoa fruit,” Brenner said. “Especially because until today more than 70% of the fruit was wasted, and by using the whole fruit, we form a sustainable structure that is a win/win for the consumer, the farmer and the planet.
Its 15 products help reduce wasteful practices and utilize all aspects of culture; whole granola made with an exclusive cocoa water shell flour made from the white, fleshy pulp that surrounds the beans.
“Recycling ingredients is not only a way to bring delicious products to consumers, but it is also our duty to Mother Nature,” he added.
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This healthy, organic, plant-based, zero-waste food brand is helping to alleviate the plastic snack industry with their fully compostable packaging. With sustainability as a top priority, the company strives to create a circular food economy by turning the packaging of over 100 products into cultivable soil.
“We offer a referral program where [customers] return used packaging in a prepaid return envelope and we will compost it,” the company said. “We have a number of composting partners and once we have sorted the parcels returned to our head office, we bring them to our partners for composting. Our bags will decompose in 180 days in an industrial composting environment.
The brand is on a mission to make healthy, organic, less processed and sustainable snacks more affordable and accessible to everyone.
“We understand that the products we sell have an effect not only on our own health but on that of the planet,” CEO Charles Coristine said in a statement. “The farming practices – and resulting wasteful practices – that bring food to our customers’ homes have a direct impact on the environment.”
From plant-based Sun Poppers made from recycled watermelon and pumpkin seeds to water-saving organic pea-based PeaNOTS, LesserEvil offers a wide range of sustainable snacks.
The company also partners with NEO Plastics to package all of its snacks and help minimize waste and their overall carbon footprint.
Few beverage brands can claim to have a sustainability model that is plastic negative – a company that helps companies reduce disposable plastic to its complete elimination. In fact, ZenWTR was the first and only to receive such certification for its innovative bottles, which are made from 100% recycled and certified ocean plastic.
The steam distilled alkaline water company is supporting new recycling economies by creating demand for ocean plastic and is on track to save 50 million pounds by 2025.
The brand’s unique supply chain – recovering and reusing this category of waste to create a product – could change the way other food and beverage brands think about plastic. Additionally, 1% of its sales go directly to charities and organizations dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans and marine environments, in addition to education and recycling advocacy.
The recently certified B Corp and sustainability-conscious coffee company makes 100% plant-based, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free products for coffee lovers, baristas, and a better planet.
The company, one of a small handful of carbon-neutral food and beverage companies, called its certification earlier this month “more than just a sustainability label”, but rather a “movement whose collective goal is to transform the global economy for the benefit of people, communities and the planet.
“As of this writing, we are one of 4,856 B Corps worldwide and we are proud to be among the companies setting the new standard for doing business,” the company said.
Although not a food product for consumption, this company claims to have created the first functional 100% home compostable and zero waste alternative to plastic wrap and resealable bags. Plus, easy sustainable swaps break down in home compost faster than an orange peel.
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