House Foods Tofu

overall rating:

2.75

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Julia Rosher
7/16/2021
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An eco-conscious food stable for vegetarians and other health-conscious consumers alike, supplied by an transparently active sustainable company.

I became introduced to House Foods Tofu as it’s one of the two tofu found stocked by Costco Wholesale. I was curious to look more into its production process and sustainability rating, as Costco as a supplier does not always stock the most eco-friendly products.

I was pleasantly shocked to find my research only had to take me as far as the companies website, as they are very transparent about the entire production process and company culture around sustainability, making my rating very easy and clear. I would happily recommend this tofu brand to any customer, as House Foods is an actively eco-conscious company who allows clear transparency into almost all aspects of their business and production processes.

What it's made of:

3

House Foods’ tofu is made strictly from Non-GMO soybeans. They state a very stringent examination policy on their website for supply, stating that each batch of soybeans be carefully examined and tested by quality control team for any GMO contamination. If any is detected, the batch will be rejected. This level of quality and control hold their suppliers accountable and ensures their GMO claims are being checked.

Furthermore, the company sources all soybeans from local farms in the U.S., just another step in guaranteeing high quality while reducing carbon emissions by avoiding far transportation methods. And not only do they use fully U.S. grown, non-GMO soybeans, but they specifically seek out the soybeans with the highest protein content to ensure they are providing their customers with the most nutritious tofu possible.

For all these reasons, I believe House Foods in taking the correct actions to ensure they are putting the highest quality, most nutritious, and environmentally conscious soybeans into their product and therefore are highly sustainable from source to customer.

How it's made:

2.5

The root of House Foods’ sustainability starts with the soybean. This is because soybean production has been proven a more environmentally sustainable and cost effective source of protein, in terms of energy, water and land use, all while reducing emissions of greenhouse gas.

The House Foods; website is so transparent they disclose their entire facility production for making the tofu, including photos. This can be found here: https://www.house-foods.com/our-story/craft. As a consumer of their tofu myself, it feels good to be eating a product that I know exactly where the ingredients come from, as well as the entire process to its final form, so I have no concerns about harmful additives or practices.

While transparent and clear about all their processes, House Foods’ is lacking specific information about their workers rights. While all sourcing and production is taken place in the U.S., one can assume that the U.S.’ stringent labor regulations are being followed, but there is still more information to be given on this topic. Under their employment opportunities, the company ensures an equal opportunity hiring process, but more about the benefits or culture around their work place could provide further insight on this topic.

Who makes it:

2.5

House Foods’ company is built around the environment, but creating sustainable products with responsible manufacturing in mind. The company culture is built around more than simply delivering a high quality product, but going beyond that to contribute to a clean, healthy environment. Whether this is from reducing waste to saving energy and resources, the company’s entire operation is designed to help the environment and reduce their carbon footprint.

To contribute and create a sustainable environment within the company, House Foods’ has invested in a process to upcycle a byproduct left behind during the production of tofu, Okara. This process is only a part of their company’s commitment to reduce waste throughout their entire organization. Furthermore, the company has installed a solar electric system at their headquarters which has cut energy costs while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. These actions, among others, are part of the company’s EPA committee’s goal to save energy, prevent pollution and reduce waste wherever possible. Lastly, the company goes beyond their production, reaching there environmental goals out to their consumers by encouraging healthy user habits through recipe suggestions and other lifestyle changes that users can make to implement a more plant based diet into their daily consumption.

Again, I would happily recommend this tofu brand to any customer, as House Foods is an actively eco-conscious company who allows clear transparency into almost all aspects of their business and production processes. I can confirm their integration of sustainability concerns into everything from encouraging healthy user habits, sourcing from local and monitored suppliers, actively reducing carbon emissions, and finally implementing an upcycling process to reduce their personal waste production.