Eco-friendly probiotics

When we decided to create Routine, we knew we wanted 1.) science to back up our supplement, 2.) only the highest quality, most effective strains, and 3.) an environmentally friendly approach. Just like your body appreciates a circular rhythm—rise with the sun, eat before dark, sleep at the same time every night, and repeat—Mother Earth appreciates a circular chain that uses materials to their maximum potential and ideally, regenerates them.

That’s why your first order includes a compostable pouch with a one-month supply of probiotics along with a reusable glass storage jar for future orders all delivered in a recyclable cardboard box. You’ll then automatically receive your next month of capsules in only a new compostable pouch, ready to be stored in your glass jar. No bulky, unnecessary packaging necessary.

Our pouches—which compost in 8-12 months, depending on your environmental conditions—are manufactured in North America and constructed from renewable, non-GMO, biologically based materials, including cellulose from renewable forestry wood pulp, FSC- and PEFC-certified kraft paper, and a starch-based polymer layer made mostly of GMO-free corn. We also made sure our pouches are free of microplastics. Those microplastics may help other packaging material degrade faster but ultimately don’t decompose and often end up in our oceans and food.

And those mailers you get every month after your initial order? They’re compostable, too, and made of PBAT (polybutelene andipate terephthalate—a biodegradable polymer), PLA (polylactic acid—a biodegradable polyester made from renewable sources like corn), and good ol’ cornstarch.

We wouldn’t be doing our part to keep you nourished if we weren’t nourishing the environment while doing so. So let’s all stay healthy—we’re in this together


  1. How do the compostable pouches compare in terms of durability and effectiveness for storing the probiotics compared to traditional packaging materials like plastic?

    The durability and effectiveness of the compostable pouches compared to traditional packaging materials like plastic can be addressed through laboratory testing and real-world use cases. Conducting stress tests to simulate various shipping and storage conditions would demonstrate the pouches' ability to protect the probiotics. Additionally, feedback from customers who have used the compostable pouches could provide insights into their performance and durability over time.

  2. Are there any specific studies or research cited that demonstrate the environmental benefits of using compostable materials in packaging, especially in comparison to conventional materials?

    To provide evidence for the environmental benefits of compostable packaging, data from life cycle assessments (LCAs) comparing compostable materials to conventional ones can be referenced. LCAs analyze the environmental impacts of a product throughout its entire life cycle, from raw material extraction to disposal. Highlighting metrics such as carbon footprint, energy usage, and waste generation can quantify the environmental advantages of compostable packaging. Additionally, citing research studies or industry reports that showcase the reduced environmental impact of compostable materials would further support the claims made in the article.

  3. While the focus is on the environmental impact of the packaging, are there any details provided about the actual effectiveness and benefits of the probiotic supplement itself, such as specific strains used and their proven health benefits?

    Detailed information about the probiotic supplement, including the specific strains used and their health benefits, can be provided through product documentation and scientific literature. Describing the probiotic strains' mechanisms of action and their effects on gut health, immune function, or other relevant outcomes would inform readers about the supplement's potential benefits. Referencing clinical trials or peer-reviewed studies that have investigated the efficacy of the probiotic strains in humans would lend credibility to the product's claims. Additionally, highlighting any certifications or endorsements from reputable organizations in the field of nutrition or dietary supplements would bolster consumer confidence in the product's quality and effectiveness.
Written by Philippe Gauthier

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