We all know good things come in small packages, but, in this case, the package is both a prettily-patterned pouch and the adaptable, fiber-, protein-, and iron-packed seeds inside it. Yum.
Nutiva is zero waste, and they're constantly working to improve sustainability, efficiency, and producer and community welfare.
Why we love it
We’re still missing our long-deceased Chia hedgehog, but these super-absorbent seeds are so good, they kind of fill the void. Whether they’re ground up in a smoothie or soaked for that puffy, almost berry-like texture, these slightly crunchy, gluten-free powerhouses make for an antioxidant-rich addition to anything you’re eating. Go ahead, start sprinkling. (We’ll always love you, Spiky Mikey.)
How it does good
Making best practices better for everyone
More often than not, mass production is more interested in making a lot of food than nourishing the environment, community, and individuals food comes from. The result is planetary harm, unfair labor practices, and little benefit to the people in the cogs of the machine. Nutiva isn’t afraid to say there’s a better way. As a corporation, they believe they’re obligated to lead the way forward. In addition to sourcing only organic and non-GMO ingredients, they support regenerative practices, from pesticide-/herbicide-free growing to carbon farming. This includes using only sustainable palm oil, which limits habitat destruction. They also advocate for producer and consumer rights, and food education. Their employees are paid to volunteer at food banks, beach clean-ups, and more.
low carbon footprintNutiva is zero waste, which means they’re not only improving efficiency but cutting back on litter, emissions, and the impact of trash transport. As a California Green Business, they're committed to conserving energy and water, and they encourage biodiversity and native planting among their small, organic farmers.
supporting key causesThrough their 1% Program, Nutiva gives 1% of sales (not profits) to community health and sustainable agriculture initiatives, contributing $5.5 million since 1999. They've also donated an orchard to each of the 31 schools in their California community, and community outreach is literally built into their culture.
responsible sourcingThey’re Fair Trade certified, which means they’re ensuring fair wages and on-the-job safety in their facilities and those they source from. From 2014-2016, their farmers received over $450,000 in premiums, making a direct impact in their lives and communities.