Food shopping can be overwhelming enough on its own, but trying to consider the environment and sustainability aspects of those foods can add extra stress.
Luckily for us, there are several brands that have made impressive improvements in sustainability. So, if you’re wondering which companies should grab your attention when grocery shopping, check out this list.
Lipton is committed to sourcing 100% sustainable tea by 2020. Since tea is the second-most popular beverage on the planet after water, this could have a huge impact. The company is working to make all of its tea Rainforest Alliance Certified, which helps protect the land, water, and people in tea-growing areas.
2. Celestial Seasonings
The tea company has a wide selection of herbal, caffeine-free teas that are available in most grocery stores. It also focuses on sustainability by buying directly from farmers, supporting rainforest protections, using 100% recycled paperboard for packaging, and reducing its environmental impact and carbon footprint from shipping.
The name of this company might not sound familiar, but it truly is everywhere. If you’ve ever heard of Purina, you’ve heard of Cargill. The company publicly backed the Paris Agreement after Trump’s decisionto exit, and is working toward sustainability goals regarding how it sources products including palm oil, cocoa, soy, and many others.
4. New Belgium
If beer is something you enjoy, then you might be happy to learn that a number of beer brands are also working toward significant sustainability goals.
New Belgium is especially progressive in this regard. The company has been cutting down its carbon footprint since 2006, diverting almost all of their waste products and promoting clean water.
Carlsberg Beer as well has some ambitious sustainability goals. The company is aiming for a zero-carbon footprint by 2030, and intends to move its brewing over to using all renewable energy. The company also wants to cut all water waste, which is a big deal considering how much water brewing companies use.
Beer brand MillerCoors is mainly concerned with water use. Since beer and all other beverage companies depend so heavily on a constant supply of fresh water, it’s one of their main environmental concerns.
The company is working to reduce water waste and get clean drinking water to people all over the world.
7. Ben and Jerry’s
It’s great to know that something you love is also doing something good. Ben and Jerry’s website not only seeks to educate visitors on climate change, but also lays out the company’s goals. They’ve been running climate change advocacy projects since 2007.
8. One Degree Foods
Each ingredient this brand uses can be traced all the way back to the farm it came from, making One Degree Foods one of the most transparent food organizations on the planet. The company also tries to minimize processing food, saving on production and water use.
What could make Mars Bars better? Knowing that buying them is also supporting better agricultural practices. Mars is working toward sustainable cocoa and is starting with the farmers. In some areas, the company has been able to help farmers triple their yields in the past five years without doing damage to the land.
10. General Mills
In 2016, General Mills was able to use 100% sustainably sourced palm oil. This is a huge deal if you consider that palm oil production is devastating to the environment due to its use in everything (from soap and makeup to cookies and noodles).
PepsiCo is a well-known company with many brands under its umbrella. The organization as a whole is working to make clean water available to people everywhere, and the company’s farmers in the UK have successfully reduced their water use by 50%.
The research and development team at PepsiCo has also developed a cold box, designed to reduce food waste by keeping foods at their proper temperatures.
12. Whole Foods
Part of the company’s goal is to sell only sustainably caught fish, which is a big factor. Some places have less-than-desirable conditions for fishermen, think of the slave boats of Thailand for instance. Sustainability encompasses human working conditions as well, so Whole Foods takes care to avoid supporting illegal fishing activities.
Food and beverages, more than any other product, depend on the planet and rely on a predictable climate to maintain their supply chains.
Not all food and beverage companies are entirely dedicated to reducing their environmental impact on the planet, but those who have made sustainabilitya priority definitely make it easy for customers to buy guilt-free.