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Bastyr University

Shared Seattle roots and values brought Bastyr University and Choice Organic Teas together in 2013 to develop our line of Wellness Teas**. This partnership pairs Bastyr’s expertise in herbal sciences with our experience sourcing, blending, and packaging the world’s finest ingredients to create delicious teas that support healthy body functions and enhance wellness.**

Bastyr University is the largest accredited natural health university in the United States and is respected globally as a pioneer in science-based natural medicine. A portion of every purchase of our Wellness Teas** supports the Bastyr University Student Scholarship Fund.

Learn more about Bastyr University at: www.bastyr.edu

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Students enjoy hands-on learning in Bastyr’s botanical garden. Photo courtesy of Bastyr University.

 

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Fair Trade USA

In 2000, we worked with Fair Trade USA to become the first tea company in the U.S. to offer Fair Trade Certified™ teas. For every pound of tea purchased from Fair Trade Certified™ gardens, we make payments to funds managed by the tea workers.

These funds offer workers opportunities to develop community focused projects like health programs, cooking tools, vocational programs, student scholarships and safety improvements. Fair Trade Certified™ promotes standards that emphasize social, environmental, and economic responsibility with an emphasis on sustainable tea production.

Learn more about Fair Trade USA at WWW.FAIRTRADEUSA.ORG

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Susam Proja, 30, picks Fair Trade Certified, organic tea in Assam, India. Photo Credit: Theodore Kaye, © 2015 Fair Trade USA

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PCC Farmland Trust

We began our partnership with PCC Farmland Trust at its inception in 1999. A portion of the proceeds from each box of tea sold at PCC Natural Markets is donated to PCC Farmland Trust’s effort to conserve and protect farmland in Washington state.

The non-profit works directly with landowners to remove their farm’s development potential or by purchasing at-risk farmland. They support famers in their pursuit of sustainable and organic farming practices and foster community engagement by hosting tours, harvest festivals, tree plantings, and other events around Washington.

Learn more about PCC Farmland Trust here: www.pccfarmlandtrust.org

 

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Photo courtesy of PCC Farmland Trust.

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WaterAid

Beginning in 2012, we teamed up with WaterAid, whose vision is a world where everyone has access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. Each year in March we honor World Water Day (March 22) and participate in WaterAid’s #Blue4Water campaign. To recognize World Water Day, we donate 20¢ for every box of tea purchased on our website during March to WaterAid to support their global efforts for clean water.

Learn more about WaterAid at www.wateraidAMERICA.org

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Areleonis Ipuana, 7, drinks clean water at her house in Kasichi, Colombia.
Photo Credit: WaterAid/ Jordi Ruiz Cirera

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The Max Foundation

We began our partnership with The Max Foundation in 2015 supporting their Chai for Cancer fundraising campaign. Our chai teas are donated for fundraising events, called “addas,” which take place across the U.S. to raise money for their initiatives of increasing global access to treatment, care, and support for people living with cancer.

The Max Foundation is a global health non-profit organization with a vision of a world where all people facing cancer live with dignity and hope.

Learn more about the Max Foundation here: www.themaxfoundation.org

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Viji Venkatesh, Head of The Max Foundation India team and Head of South Asia, speaks in front of Chai for Cancer fundraising event during the summer of 2015. Photo courtesy of The Max Foundation.

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Other Partners

Organic Trade Association

We have been members of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) since 1989. As a member of OTA, we are part of a larger association of North American producers of organic agriculture and product. Together, this association works to encourage and protect organic farming practices and share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.

Learn more about the Organic Trade Association at www.ota.com

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Non-GMO Project

In 2010, we became the first tea company in the United States to become Non-GMO Project Verified. Being a supporter of the Non-GMO Project, we promote and endorse their mission that everyone has a right to know what they are consuming and deserves access to non-GMO alternatives. We also support the belief in preserving and building the non-GMO supply chain for future generations and protecting organic agriculture by reducing contamination.

Learn more about the Non-GMO Project at www.nongmoproject.org

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3Degrees Inc.

Since 2003 we have matched 100% of our electricity use with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) purchased from 3Degrees. Our partnership with 3Degrees helps to build the market for renewable energy nationwide, increasing the incentives for building new generation facilities. We place a Wind Power logo on all of our products to promote renewable energy.

Learn more about RECs & 3Degrees Inc. at www.3degreesinc.com/products/recs

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Food Lifeline

As a manufacturer, we produce hundreds of thousands of tea boxes a year. Through this process, some boxes don’t meet our standards to sell in retail due to damage to the boxes or other quality checks. We collect these boxes and donate them to Food Lifeline, one of the local non-profit food banks in our Seattle neighborhood.

Learn more about Food Lifeline at www.foodlifeline.org

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