Celtic Sea Salt is a mineral-rich, whole crystal (coarse), moist salt that is completely unrefined, priced at $14 for a 16 oz salt bag. Although Celtic Sea Salt excels nutritionally, we cannot let this overshadow the fact that there can still be some sustainability improvements ranging from packaging and transparency in sourcing. However, Celtic Sea Salt is a step in the right direction because it is produced via more sustainable harvesting procedures.
Celtic Sea Salt is completely unrefined and has only one ingredient: Sea Salt (surprise!) The salt is sourced from natural salt-producing regions from across the world. The magic of the salt lies in it’s moist texture created by the brine. This brine provides significant nutritional value to the product. For every salt product the company sells, they provide in depth elemental and microorganism analysis which are performed yearly. Although not required by the FDA, Selina Naturally makes this accessible to the public helping maintain the integrity and transparency of their products.
Celtic Sea Salt is hand-mined from salt-producing regions from across the world. Although tedious, this hand-harvesting technique eliminates the use for fossil-fueled heavy machinery and mining into the Earth used in traditional table salt techniques. After it is harvested, Celtic Sea Salt is simply dried by water and air. This air-dry process is another contrast to the chemical-heavy process that is traditionally used.
However, the packaging poses some problems. They employ three different packaging options for their products: Poly bags, plastic shaker, glass jar. Poly bags are considered one of the most unsustainable packaging materials since they take a long time to decompose. Although production of these bags does use resources like petroleum, it results in less carbon emissions, waste, and harmful byproducts compared to cotton or paper bags. Plastics shakers can be recycled depending on the facility, but still not as sustainable as glass jars.
Selina Naturals is the company that produces Celtic Sea Salt. Since 1976, Selina has been a supporter of independent farmers across the world, thereby supporting local communities. Currently, the salt is sourced from coastal regions of Europe, Guatemala, and Hawaii. The company claims to have considered “ sustainability, mineral content, fair trade practices and quality” when choosing their sources. Although this is assuring, the factors are not defined. By eliminating the ambiguity associated with the aforementioned factors and employing farmers, we can ensure that Selina functions in a sustainable and ethical way.