From the research, I found that this product is made with mostly sustainable materials. However, I feel like they are not transparent enough when talking about their factories and working conditions for employees. This is worst when comes to talking about their sustainability efforts as a whole company, as they put outdated and inaccurate information on their website to present a false image. In general, Pharmavite should be more transparent about their sustainability efforts.
This product is made of sugar, glucose syrup, water, gelatin, sodium citrate, natural flavors, color added. Nature Made claims that there is no high fructose corn syrup added, which is more damaging to human bodies than glucose syrup. It appears that fossil fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions, and the release of acidifying substances seemed highest with corn sugar, so it’s less sustainable than glucose syrup. Also, gelatin is a safe protein extracted from the raw collagen found in the skin and bones of animals raised for human consumption, contributing to a zero-waste food economy. Since it’s derived from natural sources and not chemically synthesized, it is more sustainable and versatile. There is also no artificial dyes, flavors, and sweeteners, which make it more eco-friendly.
It seems like most of the products are made in Southern California and Alabama, with a few locations overseas. Pharmavite LLC, one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of high-quality vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements, including Nature Made® vitamins, claims that their factory in Alabama is certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) to improve the environment of the community. LEED is a highly recognized green building rating system worldwide, and the buildings certified conserve water, reduce waste, and use greener materials to help the environment. However, I am not sure if factories in California are LEED certified as well since they didn’t disclose any relevant information.
From their sustainability report, it appears that Pharmavite is taking the action towards a more sustainable future. They claim to be the only vitamin company to fully report all of our emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which is a company that discloses environmental impacts of corporations. However, I found out that Pharmavite stopped reporting since the year of 2017, which they did not disclose on their website. The company also claims that they partnered with The Sustainability Consortium, which helps companies address product sustainability in their supply chain. However, there is little information on exactly how their collaboration goes.