When a friend told me the single biggest impact I could have on my carbon footprint was to adopt a vegan lifestyle, I sat up and begrudgingly paid attention. He’d told me – simply – that eating a hamburger would have a greater impact on the planet than driving a Humvee around for a week. I was shocked and deftly changed my eating habits. Enter Vega Organic Protein Powder… my favorite vegan protein supplement that happens to come in a gigantic plastic container! It’s plastic-free 2019 and I must bid this friend adieu.😞
Vegan food options can be a challenge because so many vegan protein sources are wrapped in plastic (tofu, seitan, field roast sausages), but I’ve finally found some great plastic-free alternatives!
1. Bulk Vegan Protein Powder at PCC or Winco.
Hard to believe they have this, but they DO!! PCC (Washington State) also has a soy and dairy alternative. Highly recommend the vegan/pea protein first, then soy and finally the dairy version, hence the recommendation above to go vegan as much as possible. If you go this route, make sure you:
- Skip the plastic bulk food bags by purchasing paper lunch bags, or using a paper bag from your produce department or deli. Paper bags are typically kept on hand for mushrooms.
- Write the bulk food number on the bag with a pen. I recommend bringing a sharpie along for the trip… easier to write on the bag (I keep forgetting mine, ha!).
- Once you’ve transported your protein powder into your sustainable container at home (like a cleaned out spaghetti jar), reuse the paper bag if it’s not too nasty. I have reused mine 3-4 times, depending on what I use to transport.
“Imagine if everyone did (brought their own containers or bags for bulk items) this when they shopped… we’d be a lot better off!”
– Cashier, Ballard Market, WA
2. Chocolate Magic, PlanetProtein:
Thanks to the handy “plastic-free discussion board” on myplasticfreelife.com, I’ve found an alternative, but have yet to receive my shipment! In PlanetProtein’s defense, I think they were low on supplies. Stay tuned (2/2019)!
Comes in a bamboo bag and even includes a bamboo serving spoon!
I’m not a big fan of chocolate powder, but my options are limited so I’m diving in.
3. Shelled hemp seeds.
Tasty nutty flavor and a nutritional power house! Great in smoothies.
4. Chia seeds.
Must try. Another nutritionally-packed power house! Add 1/2 cup of your favorite milk alternative to 3T of chia seeds, let it sit 8-10 mins and discover an incredibly healthy pudding-like snack!
5. Flax seed.
Also great in smoothies and YET ANOTHER nutritional power house!
6. Make your own vegan protein patties. These take some time, but a good option if you’re so inclined!
5. Eat out! I dig the Happy Cow app for finding great vegan and vegetarian options in my area.
Have any other suggestions for plastic-free vegan protein options? I’d love to hear all about them!