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THE GLOBAL INFORMATION AND SOLUTIONS NETWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE GASTRONOMY

11 Eco-Friendly Plant-Based Brands to Buy From This Earth Month

Recent research reveals that eating plant-based is better for the environment for a number of reasons. Still, food production inherently causes environmental stress—from packaging to transport and more. The good news is, there are a number of brands that are not just “eco-friendly” but truly “eco-first,” meaning they are built and operated with the environment in mind. Since as shoppers and consumers we vote with our wallets, when you buy from sustainable brands, you are voting for a product ecosystem that puts the planet first.

Eating plant-based is already a great step in the conscious consumerism journey; what’s also important is making that effort to do the research, look into company practices and values from the ingredients they use, how they source and how they package. Most companies who are eco-first will tell you and convey it on their website, labels, and social media so you can see through any “greenwashing” that might be occurring. As we celebrate Earth Month with awareness and action, we’re rounding up some of those do-gooder environment-first brands that are good for both human and environmental health—not just during this month, but all year round

1. Planet Protein

Finally, a plant-based protein with sustainability truly at its core… and that tastes delicious while being nutritious. Not only does Planet Protein responsibly source all organic, non-GMO ingredients, it has also ditched the plastic scooper and created a zero-waste packaging program to ensure waste doesn’t enter the landfills and the oceans. Plus, for each bag of Chocolate Magic protein powder purchased, one tree is planted through partner charity One Tree Planted. It also offers a functional glass and bamboo lid drink container. “We believe sustainability is not a goal, but a mindset, reflected in our daily choices and actions,” says the company. Planet Protein proves that a company can taste good while doing good for the mind, body, and planet.

2. Eat the Change

Eat the Change mushroom jerky is crafted using all parts of the mushroom, even the wonky parts that are just as delicious, in an effort to combat food waste which is currently responsible for 6 percent of global greenhouse emissions. Also, since the products are dehydrated, shelf life goes from lasting 1-2 weeks to 12 months, also aiding food waste elimination. Eat the Change this month launched the #incrEDIBLEplanetchallenge in partnership with brands like Beyond Meat, Miyoko’s Creamery, Ripple Foods, S’well, and more which is focused on addressing the issues of climate change, food waste, and health through social media collaboration, awareness, and advocacy. “The event leading up to Earth Day [is] designed to educate on the idea that our food consumption choices represent our single biggest daily opportunity to change our environmental footprint—think changes as simple swapping in plant milk for your morning cereal, or repurposing leftovers to make another delicious meal,” the company explains.

Read the rest here: https://thebeet.com/11-eco-friendly-plant-based-brands-to-buy-from-this-earth-month/

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