- Raised over 100 million from high profile investors like the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation
- Sustainable dairy alternative uses 25X less water than traditional dairy and 6X less than almond milk
- The alternative dairy market projected to hit $11 billion while traditional milk market to drop to $16 billion
- 60% of US children are calcium deficient and 70% are Vitamin D deficient.
- California almond industry is responsible for using the same amount of water that the entire city of San Francisco uses in 17 years
Peas. I love em! English, snow or sugar either snap, boiled, mashed or fresh out of the pod. So good. After researching the environmental benefits of switching to alternative protein products, I love peas even more. Some people eat peas, and some break records with them. In particular David Rush who holds a few such as the furthest distance to blow a pea or the most eaten in 30 seconds with a tooth pick, all for STEM research! (Check out Davids World Record Videos.
Aside from David, two standout scientists Neil Renninger and Adam Lowry, have also done some unique things with the versatile vegetable. Out of there work grew the cleantech company Ripple Foods, and both men have quite a strong history of creating revolutionary ethical products in the past.
A history of ethical products and innovations
The official Ripple Foods website says that founders “Neil and Adam are committed to making a difference. Adam created Method to bring the world sustainable, beautiful cleaning products… Neil helped develop a production process for an anti-malarial compound that is now used to make more than 100 million treatments a year.”
What they have now formulated can only be described as a better alternative to dairy and almond milk products for both our bodies and the environment.
The right way to get natural nutrients
The companies uniquely blended pea protein is called Ripptein and can be found in a long list of items. The flagship product is Ripple Milk (on sale here), which nutritionally carries half the sugar plus 50% more calcium compared to dairy milk and 8x the protein of almond milk. As expected, products are made from all natural ingredients free of dairy, nuts, soy and GMOs.
Ripple aims to provide nutritious healthy dairy alternatives to people who need it through sustainable innovations in the food system. One third of children in the United States are currently overweight yet shockingly 70% are Vitamin D deficient and 60% are calcium deficient. HALF of the global population lives at sub-optimal nutrition levels.
A nutritious low sugar, high protein dairy free plant based milk is not the only alternative protein product offered. Ripptein pea protein is in more products than just Ripple milk. For sale on Amazon, the vegan protein powder, and pre-made protein shakes are among other popular available products offered by the San Francisco based startup.
Packaged in 100% recycled plastic for the most sustainable product possible
The environmental impact of switching to pea proteins are even more abundantly obvious than the nutritional benefits. An ethical commitment is made by Ripple through all products being packaged in completely recyclable bottles made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic with complete exclusion of foil seals. This is a standard that all brands should thrive to follow.
The California almond industry is responsible for using the same amount of water that the entire city of San Francisco uses in 17 years – INSANITY!
Studies suggest that by 2030, alternative proteins could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 1000 mega tonnes of CO2 eq, reduce freshwater withdrawals by up to 400 billion cubic meters, and free up to 400 million hectares of land… that is twice the size of Mexico!
Peas use a significantly less amount of land, water, and resources than required for its nut and cattle counterparts.
In comparison to Ripple milk, almond milk uses 6X more water while dairy uses 25X more water to produce and more amazingly, growing almonds uses 100X more water than growing peas. The carbon footprint is dramatically reduced when switching to pea protein.
Ripple Milk produces 83% less greenhouse gas emissions than almond milk, and almost 50% of dairy milk.
The alternative protein market is growing strong
Ripple is disrupting the entire food system having raised $100 million to tackle the milk alternative market (which is expected to rise near $11 billion this year as traditional milk sales decline below $16 billion).
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has recently funded more research done by Ripple Foods to improve sustainable protein sources in developing nations.
Alternative dairy options are often the first products that consumers try when moving towards more plant based options. But, you can always take it a little further with Ripples recipes available on their site for options like keto vegan peanut butter eggs, raspberry lemon scones, onion rings, truffles and even lattes.
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Alternative protein products are necessary for a sustainable food system, and we’re glad that there are companies out there offering alternatives. The future of our planet relies on more efficiency and less wasted resources, especially in the traditional dairy market. These new solutions are just the start of a sustainable revolution that strongly benefits the global community and our earth as a whole. Join the Millennial Online Community for weekly updates regarding new sustainable developments and ethical products that our creating a better future for the next generation.