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Exciting Natural Product Finds at Expo West – A Must-Try List

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This year’s Natural Products Expo West showcased the latest trends in clean eating, healthy living, and sustainable products. The week-long event in March took place at the Anaheim Convention Center and two adjacent hotels, drawing thousands of vendors and more than 60,000 attendees from the food, beverage, and natural product industries.
I love covering this show because we get to discover and select vendors to showcase whose products align with the plant-based diet and our sustainable living lifestyle, and we also often get to meet the founders.
Here are a few exciting natural products from the expo and a sustainable program that can earn you a discount on your next pair of denim jeans just by recycling an old, worn-out pair.
If you love the products and programs, please let us know. We’d be happy to pass on feedback to the founders.

Exciting Natural Products Unveiled at the Expo West 2024

Miyoko’s Creamery – plant-based butter that’s out of this world!

Years ago, before Miyoko’s Creamery, I had the worst time trying to give up butter. But Miyoko’s plant-based butter is rich and the creamy texture and taste can’t be matched in a non-dairy alternative. And then Miyoko’s Creamery came on the scene and changed everything. Their butter is off the charts, and if you have looked at our plant-based shopping list under specialty items, you know I use it a lot. 

Miyoko’s is based in Sonoma, California, and offers plant-based butter, cheeses, and cheese spreads. At Expo West, they shared some of their delicious new products, which we couldn’t get enough of!

Two new oat milk butter spreads are their latest releases. Both Cinnamon Brown Sugar Oatmilk Butter and Garlic Parmesan Oatmilk Butter taste incredible. We couldn’t help but return to their booth the next day for another sample. Miyoko’s also showcased its fresh mozzarella and sundried cheese spread, which were equally good. And one of the items I’m most excited to use at home is a pourable plant-based mozzarella liquid. (Watch the video below for more details). The pourable mozzarella liquid pours onto any food you want, from pizza dough lasagne to vegetables; it requires baking or cooking to solidify it into that melted cheese texture. A huge win! Many plant-based cheeses don’t melt right and end up tasting nothing like real cheese. Visit Miyoko’s Creamery store

Koko & Karma – hydration and gut health

This booth was one of my personal greatest finds. I’ve suffered on and off from a very sensitive gut. Keeping my gut bacteria healthy and balanced can be challenging, especially if I have to take antibiotics or pain meds for surgery. When I talked with the founder of Koko & Karma, she shared her gut issues, which were the catalyst for starting her Australian-based company. Koko & Karma offers healthy hydration in a can. Their eight-ounce cans are filled with a base of coconut water, and to that, supplements like prebiotics and collagen, as well as delicious flavors, are added. My favorite is the Prebiotic Coconut Water with Lychee! The flavor tastes great, and the prebiotics help keep my good gut bacteria thriving. I also really liked the pure coconut water drink.

Feelgoodz – Sustainable Flipflops

Your feet will thank you when you slip into these flip flops. The founder, Kyle Berner, started the company after his flip flop broke in Thailand. He discovered and fell in love with a flip flop made from a rubber tree. He began his research and development and brought the product to the U.S. Feelgoodz has three sustainability pillars: materials, people, and zero waste. They use natural rubber, yoga mats, recycled rice husks, and organic cotton to make flip-flops. Looking at the packaging, you’ll learn stories about the famers and artisans who helped create the products. The company also aims to eliminate waste from the production cylcle and landfills at the end of use. Get a pair of Feelgoodz; your feet will thank you later!

Blue Jeans Go Green – Recycle Your Old Denim

Cotton Incorporated is helping to recycle denim by allowing consumers, schools, and colleges to recycle their blue jeans to prevent them from ending up in landfills. The Blue Jeans Go Green program collaborates with retailers to offer a recycling program that allows customers to receive a discount for bringing in their old denim. A company called Bonded Logic converts worn-out denim into insulation for houses, pet bed inserts, lining for medicine packages, and more. Thanks to this program, over 2,630 tons of textile waste have been diverted from landfills. Since its inception in 2006, 5.2 million pieces of denim have been recycled. To recylce your worn out denim, visit Blue Jeans Go Green to learn where you can mail in your old jeans or find out which stores you can recyle and earn a discount.

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Author

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia brand journalist who consults and writes on wellness, all things plant-based, fitness, lifestyle, and travel. She is yoga certified and earned her certificate in Whole Food Plant-Based Eating in 2010 through eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. She's also a top podcaster for her marketing/storytelling podcast, The Brand Journalism Advantage at ThinkLikeAJournalist.com

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