We are so excited to share our 2020-2021 Impact Report – nearly 20 pages outlining our eco- and social-conscious company operations, principles and partnerships. After 25 years of heart-driven purpose we recognize now – more than ever – the importance of cultivating a regenerative, equitable, and vibrant world. As we enter the next 25 years of business, we intend to do just that.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) promotes and encourages the design and construction of energy and resource-efficient buildings optimized for human health. We are dedicated to being a part of this sustainable mission by reducing our impact with eco-friendly facilities and efficient operations.
Our certified organic, LEED Platinum facility uses both passive and active solar, and is designed to increase capacity of solar panel use. We are actively implementing energy efficient solutions to even the smallest details of the building to achieve an additional projected reduction of 12%.
To preserve precious drinking water, we use a closed-loop water recycling system and treat harvested rainwater to replenish groundwater and recharge aquifers. We’ve also installed a reverse osmosis filtration plant to increase our use of recycled water.
We recycled or reused 74.5% of all waste generated at our facility in 2020. Each day, all waste at our facility is tracked and sorted into four categories: biodegradable/compostable materials, recyclable paper, plastic, and glass for collection, reuse and recycling.
Our organic, non-GMO herbs are minimally processed to maintain herbal potency. We do not add any fillers, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives to any of our products. All our herbs are air-dried either in the sun or shade, and processed in our own certified organic facilities.
We are proud to source our raw materials from small family farmers in remote, rural areas of India. 54% of our partnered farmers reside in Uttar Pradesh, within 200 miles to our manufacturing facility. In 2020, we redesigned our global supply chain to reduce transport mileage and emissions from supplier to end consumer.
Commitment to Regenerative Organic Principles
Regenerative organic standards are the foundation of our farming practices, which is why we’ve never used synthetic chemicals, GMOs or UV-radiation. Regenerative farming enriches the soil and increases the long term yield and nutritional value of food. Our research and training farm in India cultivates more than 100 perennial plants, herbs, shrubs, and flowers according to these regenerative organic standards.
Our Family of Farmers
50% of our farmers have been with ORGANIC INDIA for over 15 years; many of these treasured relationships go back to day one.
We pay all of our farmers the equivalent to or greater than Fair Trade premiums for our herbs, providing upfront payment and enlisting multi-year contracts. Our farmers have used their Fair Trade premiums to implement the following:
18 tube wells installed so farmers can grow crops in both rainy and dry seasons, thereby increasing their income
15 India Marka drinking water pumps installed in villages for their daily drinking water needs
Planting trees for environmental protection
From 2019-2021, a random sampling of farmers showed an average income increase of 9.7% per hectare
Last year, we ran an in-depth assessment of the packaging materials used in our top selling product categories: teas, supplements and psyllium. We found that:
82% of our boxed tea materials, by volume, are recyclable or biodegradable
99% of our supplement bottle materials, by volume, are recyclable or biodegradable
We’ve set target dates spanning the next 5 years to replace all our packaging materials with sustainable inputs, one at a time, beginning with our plastic caps and lids. Moving forward, we will prioritize plant- and bio-based packaging materials.
We used the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a baseline to measure our impact and guide our strategy. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a collective blueprint designed to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. While Organic India’s impact touches upon all 17 goals in some way, shape or form, we’ve specifically identified 12 of the 17 goals in our Impact Report. Check out our blog post for more details!