Here’s something to make your morning wake up a little brighter: the dining halls are now serving Yerba Mate tea by Guayakí. Yerba Mate (Yerb –a ma-tay) tea is a delightful caffeine option packed with good nutrients. As Guayakí’s website says, “Unlike tea, yerba mate has a low tannin content so it can be strong like coffee with out becoming extremely bitter. Unlike coffee, yerba mate is not oily and acid forming, so it is less likely to cause stomach acid and jitters.”
But wait! There’s more! Guayakí is a super sustainable company that is worthy of a raging crush with a side helping of some serious fanboy/girling. Guayakí Sustainable Rainforest Products, Inc. is certified fair trade, organic and even GMO free. Guayakí works with communities in Argentina, Paraguay and Southern Brazil, the yerba mate’s original habitat to produce its crop, to give an alternative income source than deforestation to locals there.
The Guayakí business model actually works to help encourage reforestation as all their crop is grown in the shade of the less dense areas of rainforest floor. Yerba Mate is planted in edge regions of rainforests where the ground coverage and plant life helps remediate the soil and eco system, while the company encourages the panting of native hardwoods to expand and regrow the forest.
Not only is their business model sustainable socially and environmentally, Guayakí commits to sustainability on every level, with its processing plants being 100% solar powered, and its all of its packaging material being recycled with a minimum of 30% post consumer waste. It’s even committed to using 100% natural bio-degradable cleaning products in its faculties.
So what are you waiting for? Go grab a cup of Guayakí Yerba Mate at the dining halls today and delay that inevitable sense of guilt until you face that paper you’ve procrastinated on, or until you decide chips count as a fulfilling lunch with a caffeine kick that’s kind to your body and to the world.