Seattle, WA June 17, 2005 – Granum,
Inc., maker of Choice Organic Teas, was honored at the
4th annual BEST Awards (Businesses for an Environmentally
Sustainable Tomorrow) ceremony on June 9th. The awards
ceremony, hosted by Resource Venture, a partner of the
City of Seattle’s Public Utilities and the Greater
Seattle Chamber of Commerce, recognized and celebrated
the sustainable measures applied by businesses in the
Greater Seattle area. Granum, Inc. / Choice Organic
Teas was presented with a Waste Prevention & Recycling
Award for their environmental practices. To learn more
about the winners’ sustainable actions visit http://www.resourceventure.org/rv/news/in-the-spotlight/index.php.
Granum Inc. received this award because
of the many sustainable and socially conscious practices
used in their business applications. They are the manufacturer
of Choice Organic Teas, the number one selling exclusively
organic tea line in North America. Their facility is
certified organic, and they offset 100% of their electricity
usage by purchasing wind-generated power. Their tea
bags are made with natural fiber, unbleached filter
paper and no PVdC (Polyvinylidene Chloride). They recycle
an estimated 71% of their total waste. “We are
honored to receive this award, and appreciate Resource
Venture’s acknowledgement and highlighting of
our operations. We hope that other businesses see Granum,
Inc. as an example and realize that environmental consciousness
is smart for business,” says Blake Rankin, company
founder and president.
The Resource Venture provides free environmental
consulting services to Seattle-area businesses. It helps
companies lower their utility costs, obtain rebates,
comply with regulations and receive public recognition,
all while protecting the environment. Since 1990, the
Resource Venture has helped thousands of businesses
recycle, use less water, prevent stormwater pollution
and build sustainably. It is a program of the Greater
Seattle Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Seattle
Public Utilities. For more information, contact the
Resource Venture at (206) 389-7304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit their web site, www.resourceventure.org.
Granum, Inc. introduced Choice Organic
Teas in 1989 with three teas from organic Japanese tea
gardens. Sixteen years later, they offer more than seventy
varieties of Black, Green, Oolong, White teas, and herbal
infusions, from around the world, available in tea bags
and loose leaf. They strive to produce the highest quality,
best tasting teas that appeal to a wide range of palettes
and emphasize their commitment to sustainable agriculture.
Choice Organic Teas became the first tea crafter in
the US to Fair Trade Certify all qualifying teas. Choice
Organic Teas provides exceptional tasting teas with
an environmental and social conscience. Visit www.choiceorganicteas.com
for more information.
Susan Holden Walsh
Essenza Communications, Inc.