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Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. achieves Zero Waste Certification

TRUE_Silver_cmykRiverside Natural Foods is proud to manufacture MadeGood products in a TRUE zero waste certified facility. The Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) certification gave Riverside Natural Foods the opportunity to understand how materials flow through facilities and identify areas in need of a redesign.
It’s one of the ways we continue to demonstrate our responsibility to the social and ecological health of our planet.

Our silver certification means we divert a minimum of 90 percent of our waste for reuse, recycling, composting and recovery for use in nature or the economy. Our initiatives include having one of our offices go entirely paperless, and expanding and labeling our waste and recycling system to divert efficiently.
Certification is a rigorous process, and each year we submit 12 months of data for scientific evaluation by Green Business Certification Inc., a global, third-party credentialing body.

As a sustainability leader, Riverside Natural Farms is the third facility in Canada with a TRUE certification. “Our success was a company-wide effort, and our employees have been steadfast in their commitment to handling facility waste properly,” says Nima Fotovat, Co Founder and President. “It has made us think carefully about our business and production decisions and how they impact the waste stream.” Riverside Natural Foods, which includes the MADEGOOD family, proudly joins an exclusive group of businesses around the globe that believe environmental sustainability is key to economic success.

We took many steps to achieve TRUE Silver, including:

● Assessing the amount of waste the company sends to landfillzero linked in
● Develop a more robust recycling program
● Increase awareness of zero waste principles with employees at all levels of the organization
● Set goals to reduce the company’s overall impact
● Encourage suppliers and partners to embrace zero waste principles
● Commit to continuous improvement year-after-year to continuously divert the company’s waste from landfill

“Zero waste is an important part of any company’s sustainability strategy,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI. “Through TRUE,we’re helping companies like Riverside Natural Foods enhance operations in a way that is transforming our built environment and improving our quality of life.”

Although we have successfully achieved TRUE Silver, there is still more to be accomplished to further enhance the company’s sustainability practices by encouraging employees, suppliers and partners to embrace zero waste principles and continuing the reduction of waste to landfill year-after-year. For more information on TRUE please visit


What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?

The word ‘vegetarian’ has been around since the mid-1800s, but the word ‘vegan’ was only created in 1944.  These plant-based diets will be the hottest trend in 2018. It has taken the world a long time to wake up and see the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets.

What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian? A vegetarian doesn’t eat animal flesh but may consume other animal-based foods like eggs and dairy. Vegans avoid all products with any connection whatsoever to animals, even honey. For some vegans their rejection of all things animal extends to hair and beauty products made with animal ingredients such as lanolin from sheep, cleaning products that have been tested on animals and shoes or clothes made with leather or wool.shutterstock_611209634 (2)

Following a vegan or vegetarian diet has many health benefits but it is important to make sure the nutrients found in animal products are replaced with quality substitutions. A nutritionally balanced vegan or vegetarian diet would include a variety of plant-based proteins, sources of iron, calcium, and vitamins B-12 and D.


Here are a few tips to keep in mind when following a vegan or vegetarian diet:

. Eat a variety of plant-based foods to ensure you are getting a variety of nutrients

. Stock a vegetarian/vegan-friendly pantry and fridge so healthy options are at hand with things like healthy cereal, beans and legumes or healthy treats to keep you satisfied.

. Eat fresh, whole foods as much as possible to reap the maximum nutritional benefits

. Have a supply of vegan, good quality snacks to satisfy your hunger in between meals like the healthy, organic granola bars by MadeGood which can also serve as vegan gluten free desserts.

childs knapsackMadeGood Oat Bars, Granola clusters or Minis and Crispy Squares are the perfect healthy treat to stick in your gym bag, purse or lunch bag for a quick snack on-the-go.  At 90 calories and only 7 grams of sugar, they fit into everyone’s lifestyle. MadeGood products are made in a dedicated peanut and nut free facility using trusted suppliers who can supply certified allergen-free ingredients. Gently processed to maintain nutrients, they are free from the eight common allergens – soy, wheat, fish& shellfish, dairy, egg, sesame and nuts. These healthy treats are also made from organic granola or rice and contain non-GMO Project Verified ingredients.  MadeGood vegan oat bars have a serving of vegetables added and they are certified as gluten free snacks.

So whether you are vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, MadeGood is the perfect, delicious snack for you!

Author: Karen Gilman is a Registered Holistic NutritionistTM and the founder of When not working with families with vegetarian children, you can find her blogging about food or in the kitchen baking up healthy treats for her family.