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Progress

We’re serious about sustainability. From our certified organic and non-GMO ingredients to our commitment to renewable energy, we represent the vanguard of environmental and social responsibility. In all we do, we strive to uphold the three pillars of sustainability: environmental protection, social equity, and economic viability.

At Traditional Medicinals®, we have a long-term goal of achieving full ingredient sustainability by our 50th anniversary in 2024, if not much sooner. That includes 100 percent certified organic, fair (Fairtrade and/or FairWild®) and Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients, as well as biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, and responsible packaging materials. It’s a bold goal, but one we feel confident we can reach.

We are committed to annual sustainability reporting, which allows assessment and rating by independent sustainability organizations. Our sustainability performance is being measured using metrics and standards developed by B Lab, the California Green Business Program, the Green America Green Business Network, and the Sustainable Food Trade Association.

 

Four decades of sustainability

2013: Became a Certified California Green Business

2012: Increased the organic percentage of our botanical raw materials to 97%
Achieved 100% Non-GMO Project Verification of our herbal tea products

2012: Became a member of the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) and committed to reporting annually our sustainability and social responsibility performance

2010: Became a Certified B Corporation

2009: Initiated the first phase of our five-year REVIVE! Project in Rajasthan with the non-profit organizations GRAVIS (the Centre of People’s Science for Rural Development) and WomenServe

2009: First manufacturer in the world to label and market herbal products with FairWild® Certified ingredients

2008: Named winner of the 2008 Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) Business Achievement Award for Environment and Sustainability

2008: Installed 1,450 solar panels and since have generated an average of 426,178 kWh of electricity annually

2004: Joined a global project with IUCN, TRAFFIC, and WWF to help develop and implement the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP)

2001: Began to offset GHG emissions through the purchase of “Green-e Energy Certified” Renewable Energy Certificates

1998: Began to label and market herbal tea products with Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients

1997: Earned the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) award issued by California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) annually until the program ended in 2011

1995: Became a member of the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the only full-service organic certification agency and trade association.

1992: Joined Green America’s Green Business Network™ of socially and environmentally responsible businesses;
Became a Green America Certified Business

1990: Introduced the first lines of post-consumer waste paper products (Envision and Green Forest brands) on the 20th anniversary of Earth Day

1982: First U.S. manufacturer to market a range of herbal products packaged in cartons made from 100% recycled paperboard

1980: First U.S. manufacturer to market a range of organically and domestically grown herbal products

2010: Became a Certified B Corporation

1978: Designated profits from two herbal teas to support local clean energy activist group SoNoMore Atomics

1974: Increased the organic percentage of our botanical raw materials to 97%
Achieved 100% Non-GMO Project Verification of our herbal tea products

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