Planet Oat Oatmilk is delicious, sustainably made, and relatively healthy. However, their parent company, HP Hood, is a large corporation with some issues around transparency. Planet Oat is much more sustainable and ethical than cow’s milk and many plant milks, but they still have much room for progress.
Planet Oat’s primary ingredients are oats and water. The oats are sourced in North America, which means that there is less energy used for transportation in comparison to other oat-related companies, which often source their oats from Canada or Europe. Producing oats requires less water and land and emits less greenhouse gases than cows milk. It also requires the least amount of water out of all plant milks. However, Planet Oat does not appear to use organic oats. Inorganic oats can be dangerous to consume due to the pesticide residue that may remain on them; they are also worse for the environment as they require the use of toxic chemicals. Planet Oat also contains calcium carbonate, which provides calcium to its drinkers. All of Planet Oat’s oat milk ingredients are naturally occurring, and many of them provide health benefits. Planet Oat uses very few ingredients, and they are all environment and health conscious.
Planet Oat is created with a very simple and natural process - adding enzymes to oat and water, straining out excess solids, and then blending the oatmilk with the other ingredients. There is no information about Planet Oat’s manufacturing process on their website, but their planet company, HP Hood, has some insight on their website. HP Hood has manufacturing facilities that meet Sedex SMETA standards for worker wellbeing. SMETA is the most widely used social audit in the world, and HP Hood/Planet Oat meeting their standards entails that there is some degree of ethicality in their manufacturing process. Planet Oat is primarily packaged with plastic - it is largely recyclable, but may not be accepted at all recycling areas.
Planet Oat’s parent company, HP Hood, is transparent about their greenhouse gas emissions, and claims to be continuously improving their energy, waste, water, and transportation processes. However, it is not clear what progress or achievement has been made regarding sustainability; this makes it seem like they may be greenwashing. HP Hood is primarily a dairy product company, and dairy is quite an unsustainable product in itself. Planet Oat itself though, seems to be partnering with several sustainability-related organizations by featuring them on its website. However, it is unclear whether Planet Oat is supporting or working with these organizations in any way other than featuring them on the website.