For Terraseed, Earth Day holds a special significance as it is both the day the company was founded and an annual reminder of why we set out to create the best and most sustainable supplements on Earth three years ago. From the beginning we have believed that we are all connected, and the only way to do what is right for our customers and employees is to also do what is right for our Mother Earth.
We have already embodied this value by carefully crafting the world’s first fully biodegradable pill bottle and scouring the earth to source the most sustainable and bioavailable nutrients possible. These are only some examples of the work we have put in so far to further our mission to revolutionize the supplement industry.
Today, we are excited to announce that we are continuing to “walk the walk” by joining 1% for the Planet and pledging to donate 1% of our revenue to Eco-Cycle. We believe this is the best step we can take to advance our commitment to building a better future for the planet and all its inhabitants and bring our mission to life.
What is 1% for the Planet?
1% for the Planet is a network of businesses, individuals, and environmental partners who are working together to help solve important environmental problems ranging from climate change and pollution to wildlife conservation and land management.
The organization works by encouraging businesses to pledge to donate at least 1% of their profits to environmental partners who are out on the ground implementing real change. Once a business has taken the pledge, 1% for the Planet helps advise them on their giving strategy and matches them with the environmental non-profit that is most aligned with their mission and values.
After the match has been made, the business makes the donations directly to the nonprofit. 1% for the Planet certifies each donation to ensure the company is staying true to their commitment. This oversight means that consumers can rest assured that the 1% for the Planet seal really means something and cannot be taken advantage of by businesses looking for easy ways to greenwash their products.
Why are we partnering with Eco-Cycle?
With so many groundbreaking organizations out there doing the hard work needed to save the Earth, choosing which one to donate to was a difficult task, but it soon became apparent that Terraseed and Eco-Cycle were a match made in heaven!
Eco-Cycle is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building zero waste communities and promoting circular economies. In an ideal circular economy, goods would be produced to last longer and with the end goal of all materials and packaging being either reused or recycled. With consumers holding up their end, a true circular economy would not produce any waste at all! To move towards this ideal, Eco-Cycle advances policies, creates and promotes programs, and develops infrastructure all around the central concept of creating a zero-waste world. They also offer a variety of zero-waste guides and resources, zero-waste services and facilities, and community building.
Eco-Cycle has already has a major impact, in a recent annual report they share some staggering numbers. In just one year, the nonprofit was able to recycle 93 million pounds of material and save 49,615 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is the equivalent of taking approximately 32,000 cars off the road for an entire year!
As a company with zero-waste and sustainability in our DNA, we felt very aligned with Eco-Cycle’s efforts, and when we found out they are based out of Terraseed’s birthplace, Boulder Colorado, it really sealed the deal! We are proud to support this incredible nonprofit in their mission to create a zero-waste future.
For us, sustainability is not simply a fancy word to throw around to increase the bottom line; it is the only way forward for businesses of the future. If we are not sustaining the earth, then we are, by definition, depleting and hurting it. We all share this planet, and only through sustainability can we protect our collective future.
The current outdated supplement industry does not share this value and is responsible for 1.8 billion plastic pill bottles and 24 billion animal lives lost every year. We created Terraseed to demonstrate that there is a better way, one we hope will become a model for companies that are still stuck in harmful and archaic ways.
We envision a future where humanity operates with the wellbeing of all creatures big and small at the core. Every decision we make has your health, and the health of the planet in mind. The decision to join 1% for the Planet is not only a fitting way to celebrate Terraseed’s birthday, but another small step in our work to constantly evolve and be the company we wish to see in the world.