The Best Plastic Free Supplements & Zero Waste Vitamins
Last week, over on Instagram, I shared with you the brand of probiotic I currently take. I received so many messages asking what other supplements I take regularly. I thought why not tell you about them in a blog post? I honestly don’t take a lot of supplements, but I do have a few not exactly zero waste vitamins (there is some packaging involved) but low waste supplements I use and recommend.
Before I share about these products, I want to remind you that I am not a healthcare provider, and I am only sharing my personal experience. This is not medical advice. Please consult YOUR doctor to discuss what your own body needs and if any of these supplements might be right for you. Again, not a doctor, just sharing 🙂
Secondly, I believe eating whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to keep your body healthy and functioning properly. I try to eat a balance of healthy foods high in vitamins and minerals firstly, and use plastic free and eco friendly supplements when I am deficient.
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I thought I’d start with the probiotic I take, since this brand is what sparked everyone’s interest in my plastic free supplement routine. Seed is actually not only a probiotic; it’s prebiotic and probiotic supplement in one.
What is the difference in pre and probiotics you ask? Well, probiotics are basically the good bacteria that live in our gut. Your gut health affects many different systems in the body including your immune system, digestion, cardiovascular health, and skin. Having a healthy gut is so important! Now, prebiotics are just as important as probiotics. Prebiotics are fiber rich “food” to feed your gut bacteria. Pre and probiotics are basically best buds, and it’s really clever how Seed combined these two complementary supplements into one.
As I mentioned on Insta Stories, I was taking a probiotic prior to using Seed, but when I switched to this brand, I noticed an immediate difference. This brand is far superior to the one I was taking previously. I noticed a difference in my digestion in just a couple of days. It’s a phenomenal product that I highly recommend.
When you first order your Seed supplement, it comes packaged in a glass jar, and plastic free packing materials. (The packing material is actually made from mushrooms! *mind blown* With all subsequent orders, you receive the refill supplements in compostable refill pouches without the jar so you won’t continue to collect recyclable glass jars. I love their sustainable packaging!!
Seriously, this is the best choice when it comes to sustainable probiotics. I don’t know of a more eco conscious brand.
**You can use my coupon code TYB15 if you want to try Seed. It will give you 15% OFF your purchase.**
I take a multi vitamin every single day. I’m actually currently finishing up a bottle of postnatal multi vitamins, but I really like this brand. I plan to switch to their daily women’s multi vitamin once I’ve run out of the postnatal ones I’m using now.
I first heard about this brand in a parenting Facebook group years ago. After researching the company myself, I was sold. I love that these supplements are made with real food and contain all the essential nutrients you will need. The brand is invested in regenerative agriculture and super transparent on their website about their sourcing. Mega Food is a Certified B Corp as well.
This multi vitamin, just like the probiotic, comes in a glass jar!
B12 Supplement for Vegans & Vegetarians
If you follow a vegan diet, I’m sure this supplement comes as no surprise. However, if you haven’t heard of B12, it’s a nutrient that plant eaters are commonly lacking, especially those that exclusively eat plants.
Vitamin B 12 is found naturally in animal products but easily supplemented for people who choose not to eat animals. I am currently using this brand of B12 which I don’t have any specific brand loyalty to, and also don’t love that it comes in a plastic bottle. I received this bottle for free at a conference last year and will use it up. However, there are lots of great B12 supplement brands out there that DO come in plastic free packaging. I recommend a sublingual B12 supplement like this one.
Plastic Free Iron Supplement
I tend to have low iron levels so I supplement with this brand of iron that also comes in, guess what, glass bottles!
Note: it tastes awful. I usually pour it into a glass of orange juice and chug it down. Even though it tastes bad, it really works well.
If you’ve been keeping up with my Insta Stories, you’ll have seen that I recently learned grits are fortified with iron. I love eating grits, and plan to start eating them regularly as well as incorporating other iron rich foods into my diet like lentils and spinach. Hopefully, I won’t need to use this supplement for much longer and will be able to maintain sufficient iron levels naturally.
Plastic Free MultiVitamin for Kids
I wanted to add one more plastic free supplement to our list here. I found a multivitamin for kids that comes in a glass bottle in liquid form! Vasco takes this supplement every day, and he loves the mango orange flavor. Kick those Flintstone vitamins to the curb y’all and try Childlife Essentials instead. We really love these plastic-free vitamins! So nice to have found something that doesn’t come packaged in plastic bottles like conventional vitamins.
Vegan Omega 3 Supplement
Health professionals often cite fish oil as one of the most common sources of omega-3 fatty acids. In actuality, most people eat fish rather than consuming it in supplement form to get their omega-3. Because our bodies cannot create this essential fat alone, we must get it from our diet.
Unfortunately, the fish people consume often contain lots of chemicals and metal contaminants. Furthermore, conventional fishing practices are often not sustainable or eco friendly! Did you know that fishing nets make up a shocking 46% of ocean plastic pollution? This huge amount of plastic netting continues its job of catching fish long after fishermen abandon it, causing a lot of unnecessary wildlife deaths.
Also, fishing at large often diminishes fish populations in extremely harmful ways that can easily lead to extinction. I knew there had to be a better way for us to consume omega-3 without harming the environment!
All that to say– If you follow a plant-based diet, there is a vegan omega 3 supplement alternative to fish oil!
I highly recommend Vegums. I love their sustainable and refillable packaging.
This brand also has a vegan multi vitamin and iron supplement.
Plastic Free Protein Powders
After some digging, I’ve finally found two vegan protein powders that come in sustainable packaging.
Form Vegan Protein Powder
Form vegan protein powder is packaged in compostable pouches. Form nutrition has no artificial sweeteners or flavors and plant-based ingredients. I love the 100% plastic free packaging. There isn’t even a plastic scoop–you can use a tablespoon instead!
Form sells a wide range of other zero waste supplements as well, including a vegan multivitamin. Form Nutrition is a premium health and wellness brand that provides high-quality plant-based supplements to support a healthier lifestyle. The brand’s products are made with scientifically-backed, natural ingredients and are free from harmful additives.
Form Nutrition’s mission is to empower people to achieve their health and fitness goals through innovative products that deliver real results. Whether you’re looking to build muscle, lose weight, or simply support your overall wellness, Form Nutrition has a supplement that can help.
Future Kind Vegan Protein Powder
Future Kind vegan protein powder isn’t completely plastic free but their packaging is more eco conscious than other brands. The container is made of 100% recycled plastic. This protein powder is vegan, non GMO, and made in the United States.
Wild Nutrition Vegan Protein Powder
Wild nutrition has a wide range of health supplements. Not all of their products are vegan but they do have a few vegan options, like their vegan protein powder. Their vegan powdered formula contains the triple power of vegan protein, super greens and adaptogenic mushrooms without the plastic waste. Harnessing some of Earth’s most nutrient-dense foods in one convenient powder, to support energy, immunity and focus.
Resist Protein Bars with Compostable Packaging
If you’ve read our blog post, Easy Ways to Add Protein to Your Low Waste Plant-Based Diet, then you know how much we love Resist Protein Bars! My most favorite part about these bars is their HOME COMPOSTABLE packaging! That’s right, you can compost the wrapper. I don’t know of any other protein bar on the market, vegan or otherwise, that has this kind of sustainable packaging. We are so used to single-use plastic packaging when it comes to protein bars.
Resist Protein Bars are also EcoCart Certified 100% carbon neutral which means each time they get an order, they automatically purchase verified emissions reductions to offset the CO2 they create getting their products to your door.
Plastic Free Vitamin C Supplement
Wild Nutrition not only has a really wonderful but vegan protein powder but also sells a great plastic free vitamin C supplement. Their vitamin c is ethically sourced and doesn’t contain artificial flavors or added fillers/binders. We love their zero waste packaging! Be sure to check out their website to find other supplements that cater to your individual needs.