Innocent smoothies taste delicious and are available everywhere. It’s an easy way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. But are innocent smoothies organic? Does Innocent offer any organic smoothies?
No, innocent smoothies are not organic, and they don’t plan to make organic smoothies at the moment. However, innocent tries to minimize pesticides by avoiding fruits from the Dirty Dozen list and by adding some organic fruits to their smoothies.
But there’s more to that question.
In a minute, I’m going to explain what the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen lists are and why they’re so important.
I’m also going to show you why innocent smoothies might still be a good choice, even though they’re not certified organic.
Let’s dive deeper into the world of innocent smoothies!
Why innocent smoothies aren’t organic
Innocent smoothies require a huge volume of fruits and veggies from all over the world. The ingredients for their smoothies come from thousands of different farms.
Innocent has partnerships with tiny family farms and large plantations. They even get some of their fruits from the Amazon rainforest!
It would be quite difficult ( and expensive) to source all of their fruits only from organic farms.
Why I prefer organic smoothies, I like innocent’s approach to ensuring their drinks are sustainable, safe, and healthy.
Innocent tries to reduce pesticides in their smoothies
Pesticides are poisons designed to kill animals and plants. What kills living organisms can’t be good for our health either!
Although innocent smoothies aren’t certified organic, they have high standards when it comes to pesticides and other agrochemical usages.
To make sure their drinks are safe, they always conduct independent laboratory tests on the ingredients they use.
Innocent also tries to not use conventionally grown fruits that are on the Dirty Dozen list by the Pesticide Action Network.
The Dirty Dozen list can be really helpful if you’re not able (it’s expensive after all) to eat completely organic.
The list is updated every year and contains the 12 “dirtiest” fruits and veggies that have the highest residues of pesticides. You can check it out here.
If you just decide to avoid conventionally grown produce that’s listed on the Dirty Dozen and buy organic instead, you’ll be moving in the right direction!
The Dirty Dozen list that I’ve just shown you is the one from the Pesticide Action Network, a UK organization that focuses on sustainable agriculture.
There’s another Dirty Dozen list that’s released every year and is based on test results by the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Innocent tries to avoid conventionally grown produce that is listed on the Dirty Dozen list and you should too!
Innocent smoothies aren’t organic, but they focus on sustainability
Organic food is not only better for our health, but it’s also better for our planet as well! Organic farming results in less soil and water pollution and less greenhouse gas emissions.
While innocent drinks aren’t certified organic, they still focus on sustainability, set high standards for their farms, and give 10% of their profits to charity.
It’s basically a non-profit network of over 130 members worldwide who cooperate to make agriculture more sustainable.
If you’re mass-producing smoothies like innocent does, it’s hard to find a single certification scheme that covers all countries, farm sizes, and fruits.
Innocent chose this non-profit organization and their FSA standards because it’s intended for farms of all sizes in every country and is a standardized approach for sustainable farming.
They would like to have chosen the Fairtrade certificate for addressing social issues, but it’s not widely used in some of the countries that they usually buy their fruits from and would limit their options significantly.
Innocent prefers the Rainforest Alliance over organic and Fairtrade
The Rainforest Alliance might not be quite as well-known as Fairtrade, but its logo has been more and more popping up on bananas, coffee, tea, and cocoa all over the world in recent years. It’s a seal with a little frog in it.
The Rainforest Alliance certificate focuses on wildlife protection, environmental protection, as well as good working conditions for farmers.
Innocent uses a lot of bananas in their smoothies and they source some of those bananas from Rainforest Alliance certified farms.
As the Rainforest Alliance develops standards for other fruits (right now they only certificate bananas), innocent would probably love to add those to their smoothies as well.
Did I cover everything you wanted to know about whether innocent smoothies are organic?
While innocent smoothies aren’t organic, they still try to reduce pesticide residues in their smoothies by sourcing some organic fruits and avoiding conventionally grown produce that’s on the Dirty Dozen list.
Innocent also aims to have high sustainability standards and they teamed up with the 130 members of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative to meet their sustainability goals.
Some of their fruits are also from Rainforest Alliance certified farms, which focus on human rights and environmental protection.
While innocent isn’t “perfect” when it comes to sustainability, they have clear values and strategies they commit to.
Innocent has been pioneering the use of recycled plastic in their bottles since 2003, long before other large corporations hopped on the sustainability train.
If you have any questions about (innocent) smoothies or juices, just sent me a message through the comments section below. Stay vibrant, happy & healthy!