Ocean’s Halo: Vegan Beef Big Noodle Bowl

overall Rating:

2.5

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Cameron Jewett
7/18/2021
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The Ocean’s Halo Vegan Beef Big Noodle Bowl is a very sustainable product from a company that clearly cares about sustainability. Ocean’s Halo is built from the eco-conscious idea that seaweed (when sourced right) is one of the world’s most sustainable ingredients. They seem very committed to environmental sustainability, and are predominantly transparent about the sourcing of their materials and packaging. Their products are vegan and organic certified. As Ocean’s Halo grows, if they stay accountable to their sustainability mission, they could be one of the most sustainable snack food brands on the market. 

what it's made of:

2.7

Transparency right away is a great sign for this section. The Ocean’s Halo website is one of the most well laid out I’ve seen, and finding nutrition facts and ingredients is super accessible. The ingredients are broken down into the main components: the ramen noodles, organic vegan beef broth spice packet, and organic vegetable packet. The ingredient list is understandably long, and you can read the full list at Noodles & Bowls Archives - Ocean's Halo (oceanshalo.com). Some key ingredients include organic wheat, organic cane sugar, organic yeast extract, organic onion powder, organic dried green onion, organic dried carrots, organic dried bok choy, and organic dried corn. As you can tell, they’re very committed to organic ingredients.

All of these ingredients are quite sustainable when sourced right! Organic is a good step, and so is not using any animal products. I would love more transparency on where Ocean’s Halo sources their products from. They’re very transparent about their biggest ingredient, seaweed, which I’ll discuss more in the next section. But knowing where they get their wheat, sugar, carrots, corn, etc from would provide more transparency.

how it's made:

2.3

The Vegan Beef Big Noodle Bowl (along with all their other products) is USDA Organic and vegan certified.

The product is advertised as being in a microwaveable plant fiber bowl. Ocean’s Halo has done a lot of work and seems committed to doing more work on sustainable packaging. They have some recyclable packaging, and compostable where they can. Without better technology in the packaging industry, there aren’t many improvements that they could make in the packaging realm.

A key ingredient in both this product but also the Ocean’s Halo company as a whole is seaweed. Their seaweed is farmed in a protected bay off the coast of South Korea. In a video on their website they report that the seaweed has a 15 day harvest cycle, meaning that from when the seaweed spores are planted to when they can be collected for consumption is only 15 days. This is an incredibly efficient production time. Seaweed production is also low maintenance. It requires no fertilizer, land clearing, fresh water, etc. Farming seaweed also helps with ocean afforestation, which can help with carbon removal and can thus help fight climate change. As long as it is farmed eco-consciously then it’s a super sustainable material, and all evidence points to Ocean’s Halo sourcing it in a very sustainable way.

One critique is that the seaweed is produced in South Korea, and Ocean’s Halo’s manufacturing plant is in the Bay, California. It’s likely that a decent amount of transportation is needed, which will increase the carbon footprint of the products.

who makes it:

2.5

Ocean’s Halo is a fairly young vegan and organic Asian inspired snack food company. Their core value is that the ocean is an underutilized source of food production. They point out that oceans make up 70% of Earth’s surface but only contribute 2% of our food, and pose that a seaweed farm the size of Washington State could provide enough protein for everyone on Earth. They prioritize sustainability, and it feels very genuine rather than greenwashing. They also emphasize their community involvement. Ocean’s Halo works with 1% for the Planet to donate 1% of their revenue from their top-selling products annually to various organizations to help protect the oceans.

A small and growing company, if Ocean’s Halo stays accountable to their mission, they could succeed as a top-leading sustainable food brand.