Sencha Naturals was founded by David Kerdoon after an inspiring trek through Asia in 2001. During his journeys throughout the region, he discovered the numerous benefits of green tea, was educated on its cultivation, and learned of the extensive research being conducted on this fragile yet potent plant called Camellia sinensis. He was particularly intrigued by the “Sencha” variety of green tea, in which the leaves remain intact and impart a distinctly fresh flavor.
The goal was to create a socially responsible company that implemented this potent herb into unique and functional products beyond the traditional beverage. It began with the original SEN CHA green tea mint and has evolved into a wide variety of flavors and a product line including matcha powder, green tea latte mix, coconut sugar mints and wellness drinks. Products are continuously being improved to ensure highest product quality, community responsibility, and environmental sustainability. The company only sources from Fair Trade & Organic Certified estates through Fair Trade USA that insure fair wages for farmers and workers to invest premiums back in their community.
Sencha Naturals believes that small companies have a unique advantage to make positive change on the triple bottom line. They believe the limited financial resources of small companies can be overcome by creativity and desire to do good.
In 2005, they became the first non-chocolate confectionery manufacturer to utilize Fair Trade & Organic Certified tea extracts in their green tea mints. They maintain this standard and continue to source ingredients that fit these criteria.
In 2009, they converted their manufacturing facility energy source to solar power, becoming the first natural confectionery manufacturer in the U.S. to use renewable energy as our primary energy source. Over the span of 25 years, this clean energy will reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide. According to nonprofit organization Trees for the Future, this reduction in CO2 is the equivalent of 4 million miles driven in a small car, or about 47,000 trees planted (which efficiently absorb & store CO2).
In 2012 Sencha Naturals turned over a new leaf and completely redesigned their product from the inside out. They have made a commitment to only use Non-GMO ingredients in their mints. Packaging wise, they have introduced biodegradable containers that are made from a minimum of 65% post-consumer waste.
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