EEDN is a values-driven business focused on ethical manufacturing and sustainability.
WHY IS THE SNAKE OUR TOTEM ANIMAL
The Snake is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols, associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind. Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. The ouroboros (an ancient symbol depicting a serpent eating its own tail) is a symbol of eternity and continual renewal of life. The Snake also symbolises the umbilical cord, joining all humans to Mother Earth.
We chose the Snake as our totem animal,
Guardian of the Garden of EEDN.
PROMOTING LOCAL ORGANIC CERTIFICATION
All EEDN teas are Organic - most are in fact Ecocert certified.
But we also believe it's important to see the bigger picture and promote Local Organic Certification.
For many small farmers, being certified Organic is increasingly difficult and often not worth the trouble, even though their production is authentically organic. Many formerly certified organic farms are simply dropping their USDA stamp of approval.
Outside of the USA, and particularly in places like Sri Lanka or some remote tea gardens in Yunnan, the amount necessary is just too much. Many farms - in the mountains mainly - still have pesticide-free soils and pure water - still they won't be able to afford International Organic Certification labels such as Ecocert or USDA.
So - To be certified or not to be? The decision seems to come down to the individual farm and the farmer’s goals. And for those who can't afford USDA or Ecocert certification but still want a way to guarantee sustainable practices to their customers, there is the option of applying to a Local Organic Certification.
At EEDN, we believe that supporting Local Organic Certification is a way to increase the uptake of organic agriculture and also improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers.
All our packaging is biodegradable: Paper or Organic bamboo for packs & baskets, PLA corn-based inner enveloppes.
PLA is carbon neutral in that it comes from renewable, carbon-absorbing plants—as yet another way to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases in a quickly warming world. PLA also does not emit toxic fumes when incinerated.
Still, we used the thinnest possible foil for our inner enveloppe for an even better biodegradability.
The ink we use on our paper packs is vegetable-based.
We know that we have an opportunity to make a big impact with our packaging, for our brand and the environment.
1% FOR THE PLANET
We give 1% of our total income to what we believe to be one of the most dedicated associations - Since 2002, 1% for the Planet has helped to direct hundreds of millions of dollars to environmental nonprofits around the world.
We chose Navdanya, a nonprofit based in India and created by Dr Vandana Shiva, for their extraordinary contribution to protect the environment.
Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 22 states in India. Navdanya has helped set up 122 community seed banks across the country, trained over 9,00,000 farmers in seed sovereignty, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in the country. Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people's knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation and climate change.
Navdanya is a women-centred movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.