BareOrganics’ Irish Sea Moss Immunity Powder

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Peter Mofokeng
12/9/2021
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Sea Moss became very prevalent in the last five years. There was a time where if you were not a health food fanatic, you couldn’t fathom sea moss. I was surprised it was manufactured into powder because you usually buy it in plant form. The drawback of this product is that the container can hold about 20oz of powder but only has 8oz. All their 8oz supplements are like this. It made me wonder, “Is it cost-effective for them cause it’s not sustainable? Couldn’t they make it into smaller containers and not over manufacture plastic.” BareOrganics boast about their reusable plastic packaging on every product page. I guess that’s why the plastic containers are much bigger than the sea moss contents require. I don’t think it makes sense unless the containers were biodegradable if you don’t want to keep them. Packaging was something I couldn’t wrap my head around, and their website, I felt, didn’t provide a good enough explanation, or a sustainable one for that matter. BareOrganics manufactures a wide range of organic supplements, superfood powders, coffees, teas, snacks, and smoothie boosters.

What it's made of:

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The Irish Sea Moss Immunity Powder is an immunity booster, detoxification aide and offers a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is also shallow in calorie count and sugar. It is a plant-based protein. Sea Moss is identical to spines in appearance and has a similar texture to seaweed and algae. Sea moss acts as a food thickening agent and a natural source of carrageenan, thickening dairy products, and non-dairy milk. It is also a supplement and tasteless.  Benefits include thyroid support, digestive health, blood sugar, and weight management.

How it's made:

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Sea moss is grown in ocean waters off the coast of North and South America and throughout the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean waters. BareOrganics sources their fruits and vegetables to make their superfood supplements from their crops native regions worldwide. The company doesn’t want to publicly share or acknowledge Certificates Of Analyses because of their use of third-party independent labs that perform their quality control practices. It is both eye-opening and concerning, especially when trying to determine their lab’s carbon footprints.  The purpose of the labs is to make sure production is clean, safe, and nutritious. Superfood products such as sea moss and beet powders are lightly processed and organic. All products also undergo USDA Organic certification approval. Suppose someone wants to know from what native country their product was sourced. In that case, they have to email BareOrganics privately. All products are tested by one of the 3rd party labs for Arsenic, Mercury, and Lead. Pesticides are also tested for microbial agents and other unhealthy toxic agents. Having 3rd party labs suggest BareOrganics may have a low carbon footprint itself. Furthermore, they offset potential emissions if they did the product testing themselves onto 3rd party labs. BareOrganics is responsible for the carbon footprint related to commuting and operations at their headquarters. The third-party labs are responsible for direct emissions such as manufacturing and procurement. Interestingly, subcontracting their product manufacturing absolves them of a significant carbon footprint. Does that make them more sustainable?

Who makes it:

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BareOrganics was launched in 2001 in Scottsdale, Arizona, by friends passionate about sustainable healthy living and wellness. Their products are sold nationwide in big box stores such as Whole Foods, Target and Walmart. Products are also available to sell in well over 24 countries. The company has been selling quality organic products since 2001. BareOrganics boast, “If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied, we will refund your order no questions asked!” The holistic business serves a variety of natural, non-GMO, and organic nutrition products. There isn’t any listed information about the culture at BareOrganics headquarters, their 3rd party labs they subcontract work to, or their manufacturing warehouse. Sea Moss harvesting is a part of tertiary economies where cultivation is occurring. Most people who harvest sea moss are paid low wages and risk drowning in the ocean to sustain themselves. It’s a little disappointing and can be improved drastically. 

Sources:

https://www.bareorganics.com/pages/sustainability

 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/seamoss#downsides

 

https://alkalineveganlounge.com/how-is-sea-moss-grown-harvested-and-processed/

 

https://www.buiced.com/pages/bpa-free#:~:text=A%20product%20that%20is%20BPA,have%20been%20made%20using%20BPA.