If you are serious about buying carrageenan which is one of the most popular alternatives to animal-sourced gelatin, then you have to really do your own homework on the firms making the product. There are many companies that produce these extracts but not all of them are following the ethical guidelines, so the onus is on your shoulders to carefully screen these firms.
Selecting the Right Producer
Identify all of the companies that produce this extract, the list is going to be rather long. When you have the names of all the different firms that make this plant-derived extract which is used quite often you will need to carefully screen the firm. How long has the company been producing these plant-based extracts? The longer they have been providing these extracts the easier time you should have verifying the quality and consistency of their products. Something that you should bear in mind when reviewing these firms is that even if they have a “Vegan” or “Organic” classification it does not mean they are legitimate. There have been reports of some organizations purchasing “fake” designations with the hopes it will dupe prospective customers. The only way you can protect yourself from these nefarious practices is to find out who gave the producer the designation and ensure the firm giving the designations has a great reputation.
If the producer has a legitimate designation your work is not over just yet, you should do a search to find out if there are any product recalls outstanding. The last thing you want to do is purchase gelatin alternatives from a supplier that has active product recalls so be sure to confirm this prior to moving ahead with this sourcing exercise.
Finding the Most Competitive Pricing
When you have determined which of these firms are trustworthy and have a good “brand” of non-animal based gelatin alternatives you will need to start looking for the retailers that are selling them. Gather the names of the retailers and then one at a time review the prices that they are going to be charging you for the product. Keep in mind that the product will need to be shipped to your home so try to find out whether the listed price includes shipping, if it does not then confirm the shipping fees so you know what the total cost is of the product. After you have confirmed the pricing the last step is contacting the customer support department and finding out whether the retailer can give you a better deal by making a bulk purchase, this approach usually yields additional savings but you have to be proactive and actually contact the retailer. Only when you have completed these steps will you be able to move ahead with the purchase so begin doing your review now that you know precisely what it is you are looking for and how to buy it.