USDA Organic Certified

In 2017 we received our USDA Organic Certification from Baystate Organic Certifiers. 

 

We always used soley organic ingredients but in order to use the USDA logo and get in to some stories we need to get the official certification.

 

Baystate Organic Certifiers (BOC) helps us to continually vet our suppliers by reviewing our suppliers’ certificates of analyis for each of their ingredients in order to ensure that they are organically grown, are non-gmo, contain no additiaves, metals, bacterias and more. BOC also double checks that our suppliers organic certificates are update to date and legitimate. 

 

 

PBC – Public Benefit Corporation

For over 7 years Jahmu PBC has officially been in business as a public benefit corporation. What this means is that our core mission and values will always come before ‘shareholder value’. Bringing you healthy, organic high quality turmeric-ginger drink mixes is our highest priority. 

Since Novemeber 2017 we have been a Certified Benefit Corp. To join this small but growing group of business who choose to do good while doing well, we underwent a rigorous auditing and interview process that included over 220 pages of written documentation. To our surprise applying to become a Certified B Corp was as thorough as the USDA Organic Certification application.  

To us being a Certified B Corp means that we must practice what we preach in hollistic way – we must benefit the whole public – not just our customers. We must always be pursuing ways to do better – whether it sourcing supplies as locally as possible, further streamlining our production practices to use less energy and water, re-using packaging materials, and much more. 

Someday we hope the Certified B Corp status becomes as well known as the USDA Organic Certified status. For now, I encourage you to learn more about B Corps and when you come across one tip your hat to them for going the extra mile to good. 

Public Benefit Corporation PBC

Working Towards Environmentally Friendly Packaging

In effort to minimize our impact on the environment our products do not have secondary packaging. Why put Jahmu in a jar in a box with padding in a box with padding? Sounds redundant. All of our products are packed into glass jars with labels that can be removed fairly easily. This way you can reuse or recycle the jar when you’ve run out of Jahmu. Furthermore, one jar of Jahmu can make numerous cups of tea with out all of the packaging that goes into single server products. 

For many orders, we are now re-using packing peanuts that we receive when we buy jars. These packing peanuts are starch-based and water-soluble so they can be dissolved in your sink or even tossed into your compost. 

In order to keep shipping costs down, for small orders we have been using bubble wrap, eco lite mailers, and USPS supplied boxes and poly-mailers.  We hope you can reuse the bubble wrap. Recycling bubble wrap and padded envelopes is like recycling plastic bags – it may need to be taken to a special recycling location and cant simply be tossed in your household recycling bin. We have recently gotten samples of 100% recycled packaging and are working towards a more environmentally friendly yet affordable solution for shipping small jars.  

 We are required to put USDA organic on our packaging. We’ve chosen to use stamps not stickers. One ink pad lasts us months and yields thousands of stamps.

For wholesale orders please excuse the appearance of our because we re-use a wide variety of the packing materials including air bladders, recycled paper, bubble wrap, packing peanuts and boxes. 

We’ve been using Earth Hugger shipping tape, which I believe is made in North America from 50% recycled materials. 

 

Reused packaging materials

Offsetting Our Carbon Footprint

Jahmu PBC is supporting the CarbonFund because we want to lead the food industry towards long term sustainability. The food industry includes manufacturing (of equipment and packaging), transportation (of ingredients, products, or people going to get food), energy (for manufacturing, transportation, and storage), and, obviously, agriculture. Depending on how the umbrella of the food industry is defined it could easily be considered the greatest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. 

When shopping for groceries people have many considerations already on their mind including price, flavor, brand, organic status, origin, healthiness, and more. It’s too much to ask of the consumer to also factor in the product’s impact on the environment in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why we as an industry need to raise our standards and reduce or offset our carbon footprints. Let’s make it a given that people are not destroying the environment when they eat or drink!

We are working torwards becoming officially certified carbon free but in the meantime we have done some back of the envelope calculations to more than offset our estimated carbon footprint.  

 

The Jahmu Journal

I would like to share these fun journaling exercises with you. I have found journaling to be a really helpful way to maintain positive attitude and to create the changes I want in my life. I have tried many different journaling exercises. The Jahmu Journal is a compilation of guiding questions which I have found most effective. Feel free to change, skip or add questions so that it relates to you and your life.

This evening, or tomorrow morning, sit down with a cup of Jahmu and try writing down the answers, speaking them out loud, or contemplating them in your head. You can do these exercise alone or with a partner. Answering the questions in the Jahmu Journal should only take 10 minutes twice a day, but you can spend more time on it if you would like. Try it for 5 days and see how you feel!

Click below to download a printable version of The Jahmu Journal

Instructions:

  1. Print out 7 copies of the morning and evening writing rituals, one for each day of the week. Or, print it once as a reference sheet and do the writing in a separate Journal.
  2. In the morning sit down with a cup of Jahmu Chai (or any type of tea, coffee or water) and answer these questions while you sip your beverage. Before or after doing this writing exercise sit still, in silence, for 5 minutes observing your breath or meditating in any way you choose.
  3. In the evening sit down with a cup of Jahmu Chai (or any type of non caffeinated beverage or glass of water or even a glass of wine) and answer the evening questions and the “questions for going deeper.”  If you prefer to do it in bed right before going to sleep, keep this journal on your bedside table. Before or after this writing exercise do some yoga or light stretching. If you have been on your feet a lot I highly recommend laying with your legs up for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Do this journaling practice every day for one week and notice if, by the end of the week you feel happier, healthier, more fulfilled, more successful or more present in your daily life. Feel free to change or modify the questions in any way you want. You can delete questions you feel are not helpful and add questions which would be more useful to you. If you have any feedback or suggestions please share them by emailing [email protected]

 

Morning writing ritual

What did I dream about? As you take your first sips of Jahmu, try to recall your dreams or the feeling you felt and/or thoughts you had when you first woke up. What might be the meaning or cause of these dreams, feelings and thoughts?

 

5 things I am grateful for: Take one sip of Jahmu for each thing you are grateful for and experience feeling gratitude physically in your heart and belly.

 

What are 3 things I would like to accomplish today? Envision yourself doing these things and imagine how you will feel when each one is complete. Take a sip of Jahmu and feel the energy of manifestation flowing through your body.

 

What is one way I will incorporate exercise, movement or a fun physical activity into my day? Picture yourself doing this activity as you take another sip of Jahmu.

 

What is one healthy food I will nourish my body with today? Take another sip of Jahmu and imagine tasting this food and feeling it nourish your body.

 

What is one kind deed or act of service I can do for someone else today? Picture the smile on that person’s face as you give them a compliment, a gift, or do them a favor and notice how that act of kindness makes you feel.

 

What is my positive affirmation for the day?  I am… Use what first comes to mind or what you wrote down last night. Repeat your affirmation with every sip of Jahmu until your cup is empty or you have had enough. Remind yourself of this affirmation throughout the day. Maybe say it out loud to yourself in the car, or write it down on a sticky note.

 

Evening Writing  Ritual

What was one awesome thing that happened today?

 

What is one thing I learned today?

 

What are 3 things I accomplished today? They can be small but still congratulate yourself!

 

What could have made today even better?

 

What was one really nice thing I did for myself today?

 

What was one really nice thing I did for someone else today?

 

Send a kind thought or prayer to someone else. Take a moment to pause and imagine sending this person (place or group of people) love, light and healing energy. Write a prayer for them here.

 

What are 3 things I am grateful for? Take a moment to really feel gratitude in your body.

 

Questions for going deeper:

These questions can be contemplated on a daily or weekly basis in the morning or evening.

What is my mission or life’s  purpose?  It can be simple, broad or complex. It can change day to day or remain the same. What comes to mind in this moment? If money weren’t an issue what would I do for a living? What is one service to humanity that I would love to offer? What skills come naturally to me? When I was a kid what did I want to be when I grew up? As an adult, what do I want to be when I grow up?

 

What do I desire? What do I need? What do I want to attract? What do I want to manifest? What do I wish for? Imagine fulfilling this need or desire. Dream big!

 

What do I fear? What is holding me back from doing what I love and achieving what I desire? What are some limiting beliefs about myself?

 

Create a positive affirmation:  Program your subconscious by creating an affirmation to reflect how you would like to see yourself.  What is my new identity? What does it feel like in your body when you say “I am…”?  Make sure the affirmation resonates with your truth. Write it down 5 times or repeat it in your head 5 times.