Brevard, NC—Gaia Herbshas been recognized as a winner of the SEAL 2020 Business Sustainability Awards in the Environmental Initiative category. The awards honor companies for leadership in the environmental arena and commitment to green business practices.

“We are proud to be recognized as a 2020 SEAL Business Sustainability Award winner, as Gaia Herbs is dedicated to operating a business as a force for good and making a positive global impact,” said Bill Cave, Interim President of Gaia Herbs, in a press release. “It is humbling to have our initiatives acknowledged, as we believe that a high-quality product is no longer enough and that we must take responsibility to promote a larger social and environmental impact in communities around the world. We are ecstatic to be awarded alongside other mission-driven brands that share a similar passion and drive for sustainability and the environment.”

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The company's social impact programGaia Herbs Roots Initiativefocuses on improving herbal and food access in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities while strengthening regenerative farming systems.

The initiative encompasses a variety of programs. The Gaia Roots Small Grants Program awarded four $5,000 grants to small farms, non-profits, and social enterprises that focus on regenerative agriculture and prioritize farmers’ justice as a mechanism to strengthen communities. Gaia is assisting in training 200 farmers in Nicaragua to grow organic turmeric using regenerative techniques, and has worked to help farmers in Nicaragua that previously grew coffee shift to new crops.

The other 16 honorees for the SEAL 2020 Business Sustainability Awards are featuredonline.