SHOPPERS GUIDE FOR HEALING THE PLANET
BE A CONSCIENTIOUS AND SUSTAINABLE CONSUMER
A lot of us want to live more sustainably, but it can be difficult if you don’t know how. This list makes it easier to make every shopping trip a healing thing for the planet. Regenerative agriculture , or biodynamic farming, is a method known to heal the planet while it works. Almost all of the companies below are Demeter certified biodynamic, the only certification for biodynamic practices. If they aren’t necessarily Demeter certified, they are on here because they work to source from regenerative farms, produce in ways that do not harm the land or are practicing real sustainability wherever they can. Use this list to be a conscientious and sustainable consumer! And send us companies you think deserve to be in this guide.
What better place to start our list of products than where many of us start our day. Both of these coffee companies are healing the planet as they make your morning brew.
Barrie House Coffee Company: demeter certified biodynamic
Holistic Roasters: demeter certified biodynamic
Crofters Organic: Another demeter certified producer of all sorts of jellies and jams
Foodstirs: Sources from regenerative farms, all organic and lower sugar baking mixes
Lakewood: Demeter certified juices, healthier for you and the planet
Lundberg Family Farms: Demeter certified rice farmers, using regenerative practices for as long as they have been around. Their multitude of rice products can be found in many stores
Earthbound Farms: All organic produce, uses all recycled plastic for packaging, extra produce that doesn’t make it to shipping is either left to compost or donated to food banks or animal feed. Less waste and always better for the environment
Sunset: Greenhouse grown produce – no soil use at all. They use lady bugs instead of pesticides, a rainwater irrigation system, less plastic, and have high efficiency with minimal land usage
Cal Organics: Highest standard organic produce. They use composted manures, cover crops and crop rotation to promote soil health
Nature’s Path: Always organic, supporting regenerative agriculture and including them in their products more and more as is possible.
Dole: They grow organically, working with the environment. Dole is even trying for net zero CO2 emissions by 2030
Annie’s Organic: Source many of their ingredients from regenerative farms, working towards educating more and expanding regenerative use in the food chain. One of the largest foodstuff producers to be supporting the regenerative agriculture movement. Widely available in grocery stores
Oregon Wild Harvest: Demeter certified biodynamic health supplements
Omica Organics: Demeter certified, supplements and ingredients sourced biodynamically and produced using sustainable methods. Omica sells products from supplements to shower heads to water filters
Erbaviva Skincare: organic, Demeter certified skin care products. Not only food products can impact sustainability, these products are safer for your skin and better for the planet.
New Belgium Brewing Co: We can’t forget about beer. New Belgium crafted the first carbon neutral beer (Fat Tire), and are dedicated to making all beers carbon neutral by 2030
DeLoach: Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard
Saint Francis Winery: California certified sustainable, composts all food scraps, and use recycled glass for bottles
Left Coast Cellars: Sustainable farming methods and Salmon Safe Oregon winery
West Wood Wines: Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard
Bonterra: Demeter certified and all organic, three biodynamic wines
Meal kits are an interesting option for some lifestyles. One major benefit is the intentional portioning, which means less food going bad and thrown away. These two options seem to do the most in way of sourcing and shipping the most sustainable way.
Green Chef: Meal kits sourced entirely organically, #1 sustainable meal kit
Sunbasket: Meal kits sourced almost entirely organic. They source fish sustainably, and all packaging is either recyclable or compostable
One of the greatest ways to shop sustainably is to also shop locally. Regenerative agriculture is completely scalable to large production, but it would take a major paradigm shift in the industry. The majority of regenerative farms are much smaller, and supporting them in local markets wherever you are is a great way to eat healthy and help the planet out.
Here are a few local Arizona options:
Rhiba Farms – Arizona regenerative farm, you can get fresh produce straight from the farm in boxes. They also produce multiple hemp products all grown regeneratively
Blue Sky Organics – Entirely organic and regenerative farm in Phoenix area. You can get fresh, locally sourced vegetables by subscription
Arizona Grass Raised Beef Company: Beef is a little controversial from a sustainability standpoint. It tends to get villainized, but grazing animals are major contributors to regenerating topsoil. Unfortunately the vast majority of meat farming is not done with the environment in mind, which makes commercial meat production a terrible thing for the environment. It doesn’t have to be that way. AZ Grass Raised Beef produces in a way that actually heals the planet. All cows are fed on only naturally occurring grass on ranches, no antibiotics, no grains, regenerative and healthy.
Hopefully this helps you make your lifestyle a little more sustainable without making major changes. Where we spend our money can prompt major change in the majorly impactful area of food production, so why not spend our money to heal the planet? If you want to find regenerative farms near you, you can search for them here.
Reach out to us if you know of businesses that heal the planet as they produce, so we can all make tomorrow better with today’s lifestyle!
This is a growing list so be sure to check back often.
Thanks to GreenDesert.org intern Shane Purcell for all of his research that made this guide possible.