Learning and Teaching Sustainability

Some of our favorite sustainable snacks

As part of our mission to learn and teach sustainability, we are always looking for new food brands that are "sustainable". We want to buy from companies that care about people and the planet as much as they care about profits.

We have created some sustainability rating criteria that we use as a guide when we vet out sustainable food brands. In the spirit of transparency, below we have provided the criteria that we use to evaluate sustainable food.

Note that one challenge with researching sustainability of companies is the lack of publicly available information. We do our best with the information available to us. If you have more information to help any of our reviews be more accurate, please contact us. We want to be as fair as possible. Every company we review is in some way sustainable. Our goal is to point out what they are doing right.

Sustainability Rating Criteria

Price
  1. Luxury Good - Too expensive for 90% of people to afford
  2. Expensive - Expensive but attainable when splurging
  3. Above Average - A little more expensive than competitors
  4. Average - Fairly priced and matches competition
  5. Great Value - Beats out competition and affordable to everyone
Giving Back Score
  1. Zero mention
    • ...of employee culture and benefits
    • ...of company donating
  2. Some mention
    • ...of employee culture and benefits
    • ...of company donating
  3. Clear mention
    • ...of a balanced work-life balance for employees and benefits
    • ...of company donating
  4. All the above and
    • ...large regular company donation
    • ...or establishment of foundation
  5. All the above and
    • Awards and Recognition for philanthropy
Sustainability Certifications
  1. Has none and no mention of sustainability related topics available on websites, etc.
  2. Has none, but acknowledges and has some mention of sustainable efforts
  3. Has one + locally recognized certificates
  4. Has one + nationally / internationally recognized certificates
  5. Has two + nationally / internationally recognized certificates
Sustainability Minded Mission
  1. Sustainability or similar topics are no where to be found on websites, etc.
  2. Some mention of sustainability.
  3. Clear mention of the company being guided by sustainability.
  4. Mission statement directly mentions sustainability as a guiding principle.
  5. Mission statement directly mentions sustainability as a guiding principle and has demonstrated sustainability in practice.
Health Benefit
  1. No health benefits to eating.
  2. Minimal health benefits to eating.
  3. Health benefits to eating.
  4. Building block of healthy diet and essential to healthy eating
  5. Powerful ingredients with healing abilities
Sustainable Ingredients & Packaging
  1. Clearly not sustainable
  2. 10% of ingredients are sustainable
  3. 50% of ingredients are sustainable
  4. 75% of ingredients are sustainable
  5. 100% of ingredients are sustainable

 

Mamma Chia Squeeze

Product Name: Chia Squeeze

Product Description: Inspired by the chia that we celebrate in our products, Mamma Chia's humble beginnings have always been driven by a vision of sharing the Magic of Chia with the world. We are dedicated to offering the highest quality organic plant-based superfoods and beverages that provide vitality, energy, and strength. And as a conscious and sustainable company, we strive to continue to honor and uplift both the soul of humanity and the soul of the planet.

Squeeze some natural vitality and powerful nutrients into your day! Our organic chia seeds are lovingly combined with delicious fruits and veggies to create a convenient, fun, and tasty snack for people of all ages. These portable chia seed snacks are great for lunchboxes, backpacks or gym bags to satisfy you on-the-go.

  • Contains 24 - 3.5oz Squeeze Pouches
  • Organic chia, fruits and vegetables
  • Each Squeeze contains 1200 milligram of Omega-3s, protein, antioxidants and more
  • Only 70 calories; no added sugar
  • USDA organic, non-GMO verified, gluten-free and vegan

Overall
4.2
  • Taste
  • Price
  • Giving Back Score
  • Sustainability Certifications
  • Sustainability Minded Mission
  • Sustainable Ingredients & Packaging
  • Health Benefit
Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

Summary

We love Mamma Chia. They are packed with nutrition and very energizing. Mamma Chia is a conscious and sustainable company. In addition to a few other well known certifications, Mamma Chia is B-Corp Certified.


Splendid Spoon Smoothies

Product Name: Splendid Spoon

Product Description: Splendid Spoon offers ready-to-eat, nutrient-dense, plant-based smoothies and soups. Our plans are designed to kickstart healthy habits at home, work, or wherever. Each meal contains the freshest plant-based, gluten-free, and GMO-free ingredients — and nothing else.

Price: $50 OFF

Overall
3.6
  • Taste
  • Price
  • Giving Back Score
  • Sustainability Certifications
  • Sustainability Minded Mission
  • Sustainable Ingredients & Packaging
  • Health Benefit
Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

Summary

At Live to Sustain, we believe that plant-based eating is a key component to sustainable living. It’s good for you, and it’s good for the planet. Splendid Spoon makes it easy to transition into plant-based eating with delicious, ready-to-go smoothies, soups, and stews. That’s why we are excited to be part of the Ambassador Team, and want to share this awesome Perk with you! Use this link to get $50 off your first order of the “1 Month Starter” or “9 to 5 Boxes” with Splendid Spoon. The 1-month starter is a 4-week meal plan that includes 5 breakfast smoothies, 5 stews, and a 1-day soup cleanse each week. It’s a great way to cleanse your system and recalibrate your gut bacteria. I found my sugar cravings decreased dramatically afterwards. Kickstart your summer and start eating healthy today with Splendid Spoon!


Coconut Bliss

Product Name: Coconut Bliss

Product Description: Why Bliss? “When people ask us how we came up with Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss we’d like to say that we are entrepreneurial geniuses, but the truth is much humbler. We just wanted a dairy-free ice cream that tasted as good as it made us feel.” – Larry Kaplowitz, CofounderInspired by the many uses of coconut milk in other cuisines, Luna and Larry decided to try it as a base for ice cream. Working with a simple, hand-crank ice cream maker, they came up with the perfect recipe: organic coconut milk sweetened with agave. They began to play with unique flavor combinations, sharing their new creations with friends and building a dedicated following. Their vision for a great tasting dairy-free, gluten-free ice cream, made with the highest quality organic ingredients, is our daily inspiration.

Overall
3.9
  • Taste Score
  • Price Score
  • Giving Back Score
  • Sustainability Certifications
  • Sustainability Minded Mission
  • Sustainable Ingredients & Packaging
  • Health Benefit
Sending
User Review
5 (1 vote)

Summary

Sustainability is clearly part of the mission and mindset at Coconut Bliss. They are open and transparent about how they operate and the effect that has on our environment. They go as far as creating and making available to the public an annual sustainability report. You can find that at their website. Or by clicking here

 

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