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The Top Five Sustainable Food Brands We're Shopping Right Now – Retail For The People

The Top Five Sustainable Food Brands We're Shopping Right Now

The Top Five Sustainable Food Brands We're Shopping Right Now
Táche Photo by Heather Moore

1. Táche

Founder Roxana Saidi wanted to create a more sustainable milk alternative, and she’s done just that with her brand Táche, which sells pistachio milk. One ounce of pistachios requires 75% less water to produce compared to the same amount of almonds, and Táche’s milk also has a shelf life of one year and comes in recyclable packaging. Next time you’re looking to try a new dairy-free milk, consider trying this new option! While they are not sold in many stores yet, you can order directly from their website.

Price is $48 for six 32-oz cartons.


2 bottles of Brightland Olive oil on a table

2. Brightland Co. 

Brightland Co. is a small, California-based brand that sells olive oil, vinegars, and honey made with ingredients sourced directly from family-run farms. The farms hand-pick their olives, which is a sustainable farming practice that preserves the olive trees’ long-term health. The company also uses recyclable glass and plastic-free shipping containers to keep their environmental impact as low as possible. These oils help to support small U.S.-based farmers, and the company partnered in the past with The Farmlink Project, which connects unsold produce to communities in need.

Prices starting at $37 for one 12.7-oz bottle.


Image of Thrive Market subscription box full of healthy food products

3. Thrive Market

Thrive Market is a membership-based online market that features healthy, high-quality products at discounted prices. The four founders of Thrive Market strive to make healthy eating more accessible to all. For every paid membership, they donate a free membership to someone in need, including students, teachers, veterans, first responders, and families. The company is currently carbon neutral with a goal to become carbon negative by 2025 through ground-only shipping and investing in regenerative agriculture. Two of their three warehouses are TRUE certified for zero waste and all of their own-branded products have plastic neutral packaging. In 2020, they also became a Certified B Corporation. If you’re in the market for a place to discover fun, exciting, healthy food options, Thrive Market is an incredible company to consider.

Prices memberships start at $5/month.


Image of a bag of Counter Culture Coffee with coffee beans.

4. Counter Culture 

Counter Culture Coffee was founded in 1995 with a goal to be sustainable and produce quality coffee. The company supports growing practices that are known to improve quality of the coffee long-term, and they support training programs for their coffee suppliers. They publish transparency reports in which they share data on their products, suppliers, and environmental impact and use those numbers to shape their business decisions. Counter Culture also pays premiums for green coffee and has a program called Seeds that provides money for projects that work toward improving sustainability.

Prices starting at $16 for a 12-oz bag.


Image of Equo, plastic free straws

5. EQUO 

EQUO is a plastic-free utensil brand founded with the goal of eliminating single-use plastic from the planet. All of their products are 100% plastic-free, biodegradable, and compostable. Their products include drinking straws and utensils made of materials like grass, coffee, sugarcane, coconut, and rice, as well as reusable tote bags and sugarcane food containers. Their products are packaged in 100% recyclable paper. Next time you are at your favorite cafe and you notice they are not using Equo products tell them about this great company. They will appreciate your tip!

Prices start at $9.99 for a pack of 50 of grass or rice straws.