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This Organic Tea Company Wants to Save Our Planet

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This quote from Margaret Mead is the opening statement on Arbor Teas‘ “About Us” page and it describes them to a tea. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the family-owned organic business is dedicated to turning their concern for environmental and social welfare into positive action. Every day, they embark on the same mission: to find the world’s most organic teas and to distribute them to the tea lovers’ cup as sustainably as possible.

Arbor Teas has grown quite a bit, but it was a pretty modest start-up when it launched in 2004. (For example, their very first website was created in exchange for painting their friend’s kitchen!) Founded by Aubrey and Jeremy Lopatin, the company has progressed beautifully — now with a brand-spankin’ new website — and the vision is even stronger.

Quali-tea counts

If you’re a tea buff, then you know that quality is everything; you can easily tell the difference between a good brew and a bad brew with a simple little sip. Arbor Teas understands this and, as a result, goes through extensive comparative tastings whenever they introduce a new blend. If that new blend isn’t jiving and something seems amiss, they hold off until it’s perfect. Plus, who’s going to complain about more taste testing?

Since all of the products are certified organic to the USDA National Organic Program standards, you can rest assured that they’re all free of GMOs — even the facility itself is certified by the Global Organic Alliance.

understanding fair trade

A Fair Trade practice ensures safe working conditions. It ensures that wages meet or exceed established minimums, that farmers make a fair price for their product, and that there’s no child or forced labor. Further to that, Fair Trade premiums are invested back into communities in the form of health and housing improvements, schools, and scholarships. This is why Arbor teas seeks out only the best Fair Trade tea gardens — because they know that high-quality teas depend on the people that produce them and the environment in which they work. As a company who loves sourcing, distributing, and consuming tea, Arbor Teas takes responsibility in upholding that higher standard of living.

Saving our planet

Because Arbor Teas only sources certified organic teas and herbs, they’ve lowered the carbon footprint of the brew in their customers’ cups. By not using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and GMOs, organic tea production has way less impact on the environment. Not to mention the fact that it’s considered a rainwater plant, so it thrives off of rainfall and doesn’t depend on irrigation or processing water. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, Arbor Teas works closely with Carbon Fund to counteract the carbon emissions created in the process of transporting tea from its source to the facility in Michigan, where they’ve recently installed solar panels to participate in DTE Energy’s GreenCurrents program.

Compostable Packaging

That’s right — not biodegradable, but compostable. The packaging breaks down and provides valuable nutrients to the soil. So, when you take your used tea leaves out to your compost in the backyard, you take your package with you. It’s created from a cellulose film derived from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed trees. The labels? They’re made up of sugar cane-based paper. Goodbye waste stream!

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)