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Sustainable Relationships

September 26th, 2012

How Gaia Herbs’ fiber products help to fund vocational training for people with disabilities

Gaia Herbs’ work with Transylvania Vocational Services (TVS) embodies our belief in social sustainability through local partnerships. While our liquid extraction takes place in the Gaia Herbs facility, blending and packaging of powders such as ChiaFresh Daily Fiber and Rejuve Gentle Daily Fiber take place in TVS’s 60,000 square foot plant which is located in our same town of Brevard, NC.

TVS is a nonprofit organization committed to providing skills development and career opportunities for people with disabilities and has their own rich history of sustainability.

Pounds of food which TVS donated in 2011 to humanitarian efforts in Haiti

Number of people employed by TVS, most of whom are disabled and can be offered vocational evaluation, work training, and life skills training through TVS.

Years in which TVS has operated to enrich the lives of the disabled

Group homes operated by TVS. Each home provides a family atmosphere for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and a live-in manager.

The distance from door-to-door of our two facilities is less than 7 miles. Transporting finished product from TVS to our warehouse creates a very small carbon footprint.

Becky Alderman, Operation Director at TVS, sums it up best. “We’re a small business with a social mission. The more profit we make, the more people we serve.”

TVS and Gaia Herbs are two of the larger employers in our community. By working with each other, we help to strengthen the economic security of not only our two companies, but our local economy as well.

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Ecologically Harvested is a term that describes all herbs sold by Gaia Herbs that are not Certified Organic. Ecologically Harvested herbs include herbs that are harvested in their natural habitat, (i.e., wild harvested) according to specific guidelines for harvesting these herbs (i.e., away from roads and industry, as well as guidelines to avoid overharvesting). Our term, Ecologically Harvested, also includes herbs that are grown in managed woodland areas, fields designated for specific herbs, and herbs that are grown by indigenous growers, such as Kava Kava. All Ecologically Harvested herbs pass pesticide and heavy metal testing as well as microbial testing, prior to release.