DENVER, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ColoradoBiz Magazine recognized Teatulia Organic Teas as one of Colorado's 50 Greenest Businesses at the Green Colorado Awards ceremony on June 26, 2014 at the Redline Gallery in Denver, CO.
"Since its inception, Teatulia has committed to being a sustainable company," says CEO and Co-founder Linda Appel Lipsius. "I'm pleased that our efforts are positively impacting the community and guiding other businesses to develop their own sustainable initiatives."
Teatulia Organic Teas is a company that has dedicated itself to sustainability. Their corporate offices are housed in a solar powered building with more than 75% of its energy coming from the sun. Teatulia's office recycles and composts more than 90% of the waste it creates; the company uses non-toxic janitorial products, sustainable office supplies, and reclaimed office furniture. Also, more than 80% of Teatulia's printed materials use recycled paper content.
In addition to creating a sustainable environment for their employees and the community, Teatulia has also created revolutionary green packaging. Their compostable, individually wrapped tea bags, frequently found in fine-dining restaurants and colleges or universities nationwide, are made from eco-friendly aspen and eucalyptus leaves while Teatulia's signature eco-canisters are made from post-consumer waste and are 100% recyclable. All inks used are soy-based while the adhesives are water-based. The tea bags are made of compostable corn silk or unbleached paper.
In Bangladesh at Teatulia's OWN 3000 acre tea garden, where all their teas and herbs are grown, the company teaches the community organic farming methods to help families grow and sell their produce to local retailers. They have also implemented their groundbreaking cattle-lending program. In an effort to better provide for the people and their garden, Teaulia will give cattle on loan to the female garden workers. The loan is repaid through the dung of the cattle, which is then used in the garden as bio-fertilizer.
"Teatulia is so deserving of this recognition," said Kim Coupounas, Director of B Lab Colorado. "Not only does Teatulia make world-class tea, but their business model and sourcing practices are examples of how a company can use business as a force for good in the world."
A panel of judges including the Alliance of Sustainable Colorado, B Lab Colorado, and the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program evaluated Colorado companies. The 50 Greenest Businesses award honors companies serving or improving the health and wellness of the planet. These companies not only strive to protect the environment – they encourage others to do so as well.
Sustainable initiatives are about more than turning off lights and recycling. The Colorado companies given the honor are making their communities more sustainable through creative, cost-efficient ways. They have dedicated their efforts to go above and beyond the standard programs with pioneering programs and policies to preserve the planet. Through their efforts, Colorado's 50 greenest businesses are encouraging the public to engage in more sustainable behavior.
In 2013, Teatulia was also given the Certificate of Environmental Excellence by Certifiably Green Denver.
Other notable winners of the 2014 Green Colorado Awards were Green Garage, an eco-friendly auto repair shop housed in the same building as Teatulia, Chipotle, and Denver International Airport.
Teatulia Organic Teas are sourced directly from their OWN garden in Northern Bangladesh and other like-minded gardens, with no long-term warehouse storage and no waiting around to be put into the right blend by a third party. The results are exquisite, clean and smooth teas that support education, business and health initiatives and demonstrate a thorough commitment to sustainability. Started in 2000 to give back to the local community, the Teatulia Gardens were established as an enterprise that would give the people a living wage while protecting and strengthening the environment. The KS Foundation was launched to give back to the Bangladeshi community and has created revolutionary education, health and cattle-lending programs for the people working in the garden and surrounding areas. All sales of Teatulia Organic Teas contribute to this mission, helping to better the lives of men, women and children in our community while rebuilding the local ecosystem. Teatulia Organic Teas is mindful of how its actions impact worldwide communities and actively supports ethical organizations like the Whole Planet Foundation, Rainforest Alliance, and B Corporation. For more information, please visit www.teatulia.com or call 1.888.860.3233. Like Teatulia Organic Teas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teatulia and follow us on Google+ at plus.google.com/+Teatulia.
Media Contact: Chris Olsen, Teatulia Organic Teas, 303.433.2980 ext. 301, email@example.com
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