One of the things we want to do as a company is try to improve the world a bit around the edges.
This starts with the fact that our goal with our products is to make your day a touch better. Whether it be a medicinal tea that eases something you are going through, or one of the things we’ve designed for sheer taste experience – we want to add a bit of light, a bit of hope – with what we do.
All of our choices for packaging and ingredients are informed by a similar goal. We use the best quality ingredients we can get our hands on, and are as transparent as possible regarding them. We use recyclable or compostable packaging and shipping supplies. We figure we should be thinking about the planet and our impact on it, as well as our customers.
If ever we have a brick and mortar shop, this sort of approach would apply to our employees as well. 1
Mister Tea and I have discussed at length what we’d do, were we to reach that level of success. Paying a living wage, making sure the medical plan was comprehensive and useful, helping with things like college and retirement funds… Basic stuff. Amusingly enough one of the reasons that we would love to have a brick and mortar is so that we could make sure that the people working for us were properly taken care of.
We know that kind of establishment is rare these days. There’s a lot more I could say in this vein, but as that is not the primary purpose of this post, I will leave it at that for now.
When we first started, we were hoping to figure out a way to regularly contribute to a few organizations that we know do good work. We weren’t really certain how to go about it, as we are a micro-business, and we had no idea how consistent business would be, or how long it would take for Desert Sage Natural to support itself, much less do anything beyond that.
We were handed the way to do so at random, by a request made via an Etsy message.
We were asked if we could contribute something to an event organized to benefit RAINN. We started with “Yes!” and ended with “We made a tea for that!”2
“I Will Survive” became our first ChariTea, and RAINN our first cause.
We were grateful to the woman who had made the request, not just because she sparked an idea that turned into a tea, but also for giving us the idea for an entire line of teas.
Having the idea for the ChariTeas in play caused a couple of traditions to be created here at Desert Sage Natural.
The first is that when we create a blend commemorate the life of a being that was important to us, it usually becomes a ChariTea.
The second is that when we make a custom tea for someone, for a major life event – so far weddings have been the events – we consult with them on what an appropriate organization would be. Part of the commemoration then becomes an avenue for supporting a cause they care about.
Our ChariTeas (and coffee), so far:
Eureka: Smoky Monkey – As the urge to try one of the components came out of #365teas and Science Twitter – I decided that this tea would be dedicated to diversity in STEM. As such, it donates to SACNAS.
First Taste of Home – This tea is still moving through our process, but when it has properly arrived, it will contribute to the USO.
Old Eighties Queer – Provoked by a thread on Twitter, this tea is still in process. But per the choice of the person who started the thread – it will also contribute to RAINN when released.
If you would like to work with us to create a ChariTea, or have a particular cause or organization you’d like to suggest, please let us know.