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Published: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Resources included on this page are intended to assist our members on their sustainability journey and inclusion does not represent verification or endorsement by AHPA. If you feel there are resources missing or if something is included here that does not meet high sustainability standards, please let us know by emailing AHPA Chief Science Officer Holly E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Many certifying bodies have databases that list companies and herb suppliers that are demonstrating some level of sustainable production. This is a great place to start when trying to find sustainable sources for herbs and other ingredients.
The United Nations has spearheaded many conventions, guidelines and standards. Here are those that are applicable to the herbal industry.
The following are companies that either offer sustainable packaging options or work in sustainable packaging innovation. Again, this is not a complete list and companies included here are provided for the convenience of members only and are not verified or endorsed by AHPA.
The following organizations are great resources for training and additional information on sustainable packaging.
Name of standard
Owner of the standard
Agricultural Production Standard
Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)
Biodynamic Farm Standard
DEMETER Association Inc.
Instituto Biodinâmico de Desenvolvimento Rural (IBD)
Ethical BioTrade Standard
Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT)
Fair Choice Social and Fair Trade Standard
CONTROL UNION (CU)
Fair For Life Standard
Fairtrade Standard for Herbs, Herbal Teas & Spices for Small Producer Organizations and traders
Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, e.V. (FLO)
Fairtrade Standard for Herbs and Herbal Teas for Hired Labour and Traders
FairTSA Consolidated standards for the production of agricultural products, processed foods, wild collected plants, and handicrafts and personal-care products
Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance (FairTSA)
FairWild Foundation (FWF)
National Standard for Organic Production
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Non-GMO Project Standard
Regenerative Organic Certification Standard
Regenerative Organic Alliance
Sustainable Agriculture Standard
Rainforest Alliance and UTZ
UEBT-UTZ Sustainable Herbal Tea Standards
UEBT and UTZ