Origin Gives Back…
Origin Kombucha Donates every year.
You probably already know that Origin Kombucha is a carbon-negative company that operates a zero-waste production facility, and makes the best darn ‘booch’ in the biz. But you may not have known that we designate a portion of two separate income streams to donate to organizations we believe in.
The first stream of income is from our bottle deposit. For every single bottle returned to us for reuse, we donate 10¢. Since we have tens of thousands of bottles returned each year, this provides us with a substantial amount of money to give to the organization of our choice. For the year of 2019, we have chosen to donate the full amount of our bottle deposit percentage to The Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The second stream of income we choose to donate a portion from is our year end profit. At the end of each year, after we have completed our taxes, we set aside 7% of our year end profit to donate to another organization of our choice. For the year of 2019, we have chosen to donate to Canadian Roots Exchange.
We are also proud to be members of, and donate to, Regeneration Canada.
Please read the following excerpts below about each organization and what they do. We are welcome to your future suggestions on worthy organizations to donate to in 2020.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada
(NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. A private, non-profit organization, we partner with individuals, corporations, other non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to protect our most important natural treasures — the natural areas that sustain Canada’s plants and wildlife. We secure properties (through donation, purchase, conservation agreement and the relinquishment of other legal interests in land) and manage them for the long term.
Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast.
We envision a world in which Canadians conserve nature in all its diversity, and safeguard the lands and waters that sustain life.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada leads and inspires others to join us in creating a legacy for future generations by conserving important natural areas and biological diversity across all regions of Canada.
Wherever we work across Canada, we share and apply the following values:
Durable conservation outcomes
While respecting nature’s processes, we manage lands and waters for their natural values today and for the long term. We believe future generations deserve to inherit a biologically rich world.
We are guided by the best available conservation science. We are committed to continuous learning, and to finding practical, resourceful and innovative solutions to conservation challenges.
Respect for nature and people
We respect the needs, values and culture of local communities. We seek conservation solutions that meet the needs of nature and people. Conservation supports prosperous and sustainable communities.
We work to the highest ethical and professional standards. We are transparent and accountable to our donors and partners. We earn trust by living up to our commitments.
Conservation through collaboration and cooperation
Our commitment to community, donors, partners, volunteers and staff makes us strong. We strive to be open to the ideas of others so that together we can achieve conservation outcomes that benefit all. We work in the spirit of collaboration. We celebrate each other’s successes.
Canadian Roots Exchange
(CRE) is a national Indigenous youth-led charity empowering youth to shape the future of truth and reconciliation in this country. We are a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth who believe that in order to bridge the gap between Canada’s peoples and work towards reconciliation, we need to become educated and aware of the teachings, triumphs, and daily realities of Indigenous communities. So, through exchanges, workshops, conferences and leadership trainings, we bring together youth in cities, towns, and traditional territories across Canada in an effort to break down stereotypes, open a dialogue, and build honest relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living on this land.
Canadian Roots organizes experiential educational programs and field schools in Indigenous host communities across Canada. Our programs range from 5 days to 3 weeks. Participants have the opportunity to learn in both formal and informal settings. CRE emphasizes personal growth and leadership development through individual and group learning, and personal reflection facilitated by project coordinators, Elders and educators from each community.
Through exchanges, participants engage in active, experiential learning that sheds light on Nation to Nation relationships, as well as the histories and current realities of Indigenous communities.
With every program, Canadian Roots Exchange brings together a diverse team of youth whereby half of the youth are from First Nations, Inuit or Métis backgrounds and the other half of the group from non-Indigenous backgrounds. Each team is co-led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders. We draw people together from all facets of society for intimate cultural experiences across Canada and strive to make our programs accessible.
Canadian Roots Exchange delivers youth-led workshops that aim to raise awareness of Indigenous histories, cultures and current realities. Workshops are facilitated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth and help participants to dispel stereotypes, deepen their knowledge of the history including the struggles and triumphs of Indigenous peoples. Workshops can be custom designed to meet the needs of a group and Canadian Roots Exchange has designed and delivered workshops for both youth and adults. We have designed and delivered workshops that have ranged from a few hours to 2 days.
Regeneration Canada is a nonprofit organization that promotes land management practices that regenerate soil health, in order to mitigate climate change, restore biodiversity, improve water cycles, and support a more productive and just food system.
We strive towards this goal by empowering farmers, landowners, scientists, agronomists, businesses, community organizations, governments, and consumers to play a role in soil regeneration.
Regenerative land management is a set of principles and practices which reverse current trends of degradation in soil, water and air quality by enhancing the soil ecosystem and restoring its biology.
Regenerative land management aims to drawdown atmospheric carbon into soil and the aboveground biomass, helping to reverse climate change.
At the same time, it increases climate resilience in the face of drought, floods, and extreme weather events. Rebuilding soil organic matter reduces dependence on chemicals and pesticides, results in more nutrient dense food, and generates greater economic viability for farmers.
Regenerative land management is also about improving animal welfare, providing fairness for farmers, ranchers, and workers, and growing resilient regional ecosystems and communities.
Regeneration Canada started as a grassroots initiative. A handful of Montrealers with a mutual passion for living soils met up in the fall of 2016 and were inspired to organize an event on this topic in their hometown. While the regenerative movement was already thriving in the United States, it seemed crucial to start spreading the word in Canada. Montreal seemed like the perfect place for such an initiative, at the junction between the U.S., Canada and francophone countries. The Living Soils Symposium Montreal was born.
In light of the incredible level of interest and engagement around the Symposium, Gabrielle Bastien founded Regeneration Canada in May 2017 to pioneer the regenerative movement in Canada beyond the event.
What does that mean exactly? Well, personally speaking, it would be the equivalent of radically changing your daily habits so that you no longer produced any waste, removing all waste bins because there’s never anything to throw away, and never bringing your trash bin out to the curb to be collected, because there is never any trash in it. Quite literally, we have reduced waste to zero.