Rubicon® is always searching for sustainable businesses and products to support throughout the year. The holidays—whether Memorial Day, Labor Day, or the Fourth of July—are a time for celebration and food-based fun, and as such it pays to choose sustainable snacks to enjoy while spending time with family and friends.
Try out some of these delectable snacks and enjoy the summer holidays sustainably!
Pulp Pantry: Los Angeles, California
If you’re torn by your love of crunchy chips and a desire for nutritious eating, there’s a sustainable option that lets you keep the crunch going without the guilt. Pulp Pantry is an eco-friendly and nutritious snack brand that makes grain-free veggie chips out of nutrient-dense ingredients.
Pulp Pantry uses the pulp that remains from making cold-pressed juice, using the dense fiber to create a tasty snack. Put simply, Pulp Pantry finds a use for the food we would otherwise throw away.
Pulp Pantry chips are high in fiber and low in carbs, making them a nutritious alternative to your regular potato chip brand. They’ve got fun flavors like Jalapeño Lime and classics like Barbecue or Salt and Vinegar that have the same taste as what you’re used to. One of the best parts of their products is that they don’t have the same added sugar that most brands use, making them much more filling and satisfying.
Listen to Pulp Pantry’s episode of Rubicon’s Town Haul Podcast here!
ReGrained: San Francisco, California
Another crunchy delight that we love to highlight is ReGrained super grain puffs. Each bag comes with four 100-calorie servings of puffs made out of the grain left over from brewing beer. Instead of sending this grain to the landfill, ReGrained upcycles it to make a nutritious salty snack. You can get their puffs in flavors like Aged Sharp Cheddar or Mexican Street Corn, enjoying the savory flavor and the knowledge that you’re playing a pivotal part in the waste-free movement.
All of ReGrained’s products are made with non-GMO organic ingredients, giving you an excellent source of prebiotic fiber to improve gut health. They’re also actively testing sustainable packaging materials as they seek to reduce their waste even further.
Listen to ReGrained’s episode of Rubicon’s Town Haul Podcast here!
Jeni’s Ice Cream: Columbus, Ohio
Don’t think we’ve forgotten your sweet tooth. Jeni’s Ice Cream is known not just for its sustainability, but also for the incredible quality of its delicious ice cream. Jeni’s uses only Direct Trade and Fair Trade ingredients, creating one-of-a-kind flavors like Sweet Cream Biscuits & Jam or Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns that you can order by the cone or by the pint.
In addition to their focus on Direct and Fair Trade, Jeni’s employs a diverse team of people and makes a point to work with women- and minority-owned businesses. They’re also actively working towards achieving zero waste in their shop, with 95 percent of what you buy in a Jeni’s shop being reusable, recyclable, or compostable. So whether you buy a few pints for your backyard barbecue or stop by their scoop shop for a delicious cone at the end of the day, you can enjoy a dessert that’s as delicious as it is sustainable.
Bobo’s Snacks: Boulder, Colorado
Bobo’s Snacks is famous for its delicious oat bars, which are made using the same recipe of wholesome ingredients that they used when they first started out in 2003. Their oat bars quickly spread across Boulder to become a café favorite, leading them to expand into grocery stores nationwide.
All of their baked goods are made by hand in Boulder using gluten-free, soy-free, and non-GMO ingredients. Each bar begins with just four ingredients that you’d be able to find in your kitchen cabinet, the key ingredient of which is 100 percent organic whole grain oats. From their classic Chocolate Chip Oat Bar to their Lemon Poppyseed Oat Bar, there’s no shortage of yummy and filling bars to chow down on.
Barnana: Santa Monica, California
Another sweet and sustainable snack is Barnana’s plantain chips, a salty, crunchy, and sweet treat made from a few simple ingredients. Barnana uses upcycled bananas and sustainably harvested plantains to make a variety of sweet and savory chips. They also make a point to work with and support indigenous communities that use organic, regenerative, and fair farming practices.
Barnana sells snacks for any occasion, from their grain-free Plantain Tortilla Chips to their Double Chunk Dark Chocolate Organic Cookie Brittle. You can buy their products from countless supermarkets and grocery stores, stocking up on a few more tasty snacks to go with the rest of your holiday goodies.
Editor’s Note: References made to businesses/companies in this post are not meant to convey affiliation with or endorsement of Rubicon by those companies in any way.
Amy Koonin Taylor is Marketing Content and Media Manager at Rubicon. To stay ahead of Rubicon’s announcements of new partnerships and collaborations around the world, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or contact us today.