What a better way to start the morning than with a cup of hot green tea. The smell itself reminds me of waking up when I was younger and walking into my mom’s arms, the smell wafting through the kitchen. Now that I am older, I have a cup or two every morning, so better late than never, I needed to figure out how sustainable it is.
The benefit of drinking it all the time is that even in my college dorm I have it. As seen by the packaging, the ingredients are USDA Organic certified, ensuring there are no GMOs and no artificial ingredients. The main ingredient is organic grapeseed extract and the rest of the ingredients are “a proprietary blend of herbs”, such as organic lemongrass, organic green tea leaf, organic alfalfa leaf, etc. Although it definitely took some research, grapeseeds themselves are sustainable with no known significant damage to the air, water, land, soil, etc. They are known to have a negligible water-demand with versatile abundance in the grape vines. Moreover, the green tea leaves come from Camellia sinensis. The major issue is that many companies exploit the land in which the leaves are grown because it takes an immense amount of leaves to culminate into a tea bag. However, Yogi has joined the Ethical Tea Partnership, whose mission is to empower and ensure the safety and health of not only the environment from which the leaves are being picked, but the workers who are living in economically challenged areas. Through education programs and technological investment, this partnership has allowed Yogi to become transparent in its supply chain for green tea extracts. Moreover, the company ensures the quality of the ingredients through the Microbiology Testing and Identity Confirmation, that utilizes DNA analysis to free all products of any harmful or potentially harmful chemicals. Even the tea bag itself is compostable, something I do every time when I am home. It is made of Manila hemp and wood pulp. 100% free of plastics. Manila hemp (abaca) is known for biodiversity rehabilitation and soil enhancement through crop rotating. Moreover the wood pulp is an extremely sustainable resource because it can replace plastic and is a renewable resource. The box seems to be made of cardboard, which is recyclable.
e grapeseed extraction is a process by which the seeds are frozen within the grapes with the water extracted. The seeds are then grounded and packed through the process of maceration. This is then what is put into the tea. It is typically a by-product of wine, making it a huge part of the circulatory process. Yogi requires that they are responsible sourcing partners who perform Good Agricultural Practice Audits on a regular basis. This is a program from the USDA, fully certified and ensuring that the agricultural process minimizes damage to the environment and prioritizes the most efficient cultivation methods. Yogi also has a Supplier Expectations Manual, that demands a lot more form suppliers than other companies’ manuals do. It requires full transparency and a commitment to ethical agriculture. Overall, the company does a great job assessing its suppliers, but does not make an indication that they are or are hoping to implement the usage of renewable energy. This has a significant environmental impact and I hope they become more transparent about it.
Yogi does an incredible job producing sustainable products. Moreover, they are committed to the Rainforest Alliance (a certification outside of the company which is very important!) which is a requirement for the well-being of the workers and the safeguarding of the rainforest and its biodiversity. Furthermore, they voluntarily signed up to be continually assessed by the Certified B Corporation, which analyzes every part of the company and provides a score and feedback on where they can improve. For the assessment, view here! Finally, The Kumari Project was actually started by Yogi which builds safe living environments for orphans in Nepal. They also donate to hospitals in India’s Assam region and communities in Honduras.