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Sip for Health and Sustainability: Why Choosing Tea from Native Nonprofits is a Better Option

As consumers become more conscious about the impact of their choices on their health and the environment, it's important to consider the source of our tea. While buying from large tea corporations may seem like an easy and convenient option, choosing small Native nonprofits instead can have a significant impact in terms of both health and sustainability.

Small Native nonprofits offer tea that is organically grown, free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, and ethically sourced. By choosing tea from these organizations, consumers can be confident that they are consuming a product that is both healthy and responsibly produced.

In addition to the health benefits, buying tea from small Native nonprofits supports sustainable practices that help to preserve the environment. These organizations often use traditional growing methods that are gentler on the land and promote biodiversity. By buying from these organizations, consumers can help to support the preservation of these important cultural practices, as well as reduce their carbon footprint.

Furthermore, buying from small Native nonprofits has a positive impact on local communities. These organizations often provide jobs and economic opportunities for local people, helping to support sustainable livelihoods. In contrast, large tea corporations often prioritize profits over people, often relying on exploitative labor practices to keep costs low.

So, next time you're in the market for tea, consider making the switch to a small Native nonprofit and help to make a difference in the world

These 5 Native nonprofit shops offer an array of delicious teas at affordable prices! 

The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) transforms oppression into opportunity. They offer an American Indian Community Center, 44 units of permanent supportive housing, a domestic violence emergency shelter, legal advocacy, a climate and cultural resiliency initiative, social enterprise activities, youth programming and an arts and culture initiative. 

An assortment of herbal teas, including Rose hip, Moon Tea, Sweetgrass, and more from $10 - $13. You can also buy syrups, honey, jam and more on their website. 

"We are the host tribe for Seattle, our area’s only indigenous tribe. Many of our enrolled members still live on Duwamish aboriginal territory, which includes Seattle, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, and Redmond."

Offering multiple blends, including: Teepee Dreams, Teepee Dreams Mint, Chief’s Delight, Indian Love Tea. Warrior’s Brew, Good Medicine, Victory Tea for $5. They also offer “all natural marsh tea ($12) is a great companion when you feel under the weather.”

Foraged and packaged by local Indigenous tea specialist.

"The Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers is a Tribal non-profit organization in Pipestone, Minnesota, that was formed in 1996 by local Native Americans and tribal leaders to protect and educate the public about the nearby pipestone quarries."

Selling Chaga and Lesagnen Tea for $16.95 - $45. “The Lesagnen Tea means Tea of Life or Compassionate Tea. It has been used for thousands of years to treat many aliments, before most of these aliments had a name. The tea was drank to rid the body of toxins. Today many drink the tea to help with various medical issues including cancer, AIDS and MS just to name a few. Made from Burdock Root, Slippery Elm, Sheeps Soral, and Turkey Rhubarb.”

SweetGrass Trading Company is a subsidiary of the Ho-Chunk Trading Group, a division of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. 

An assortment of teas that you can buy for yourself or as a gift! Flavors include cinnamon apricot, juniper berry, alfalfa spearmint, peppermint chamomile, cinnamon cardamon, and hibiscus peppermint ($12-$15)

"We are more than just a museum or art gallery. We are also an economic engine on the Pine Ridge Reservation. With rates of up to 80 percent unemployment here, the Lakota community faces challenging economic and social conditions in southwestern South Dakota. Yet through the Center’s renowned gift shop and online store, our local artists are empowered to increase their own economic self-sufficiency by making their incredible work available to a wider community… and in doing so, preserve their work and extend appreciation for their artistry to all corners of the globe."

Selling tea by the bag for $0.75 each. They offer: