Seattle, WA October 2004 – Washington State Governor, Gary Locke, honors Choice Organic Teas/Granum, Inc. as a winner of the 2004 Washington State Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices. This prestigious award acknowledges outstanding accomplishments in key areas such as, minimizing energy use, conserving resources, shifting to non-toxic, recycled and remanufactured materials, and reducing or eliminating waste. Granum, Inc., makers of Choice Organic Teas, left a lasting impression on a reviewer from Washington State’s Department of Ecology who said, “This is the most thorough, thoughtful committed business that I can remember visiting. Everything we asked about – everything – they’d already thought about and had an answer for, a solution.”
Tom Fitzsimmons, Governor Locke’s Chief of Staff declared, “Our Children should inherit a clean environment, a good economy and healthy communities. We know that this vision takes effort and costs money, and we deeply thank you for your investment.” Company president and founder, Blake Rankin, expressed his gratitude by saying “We are proud to be recognized for our pollution prevention efforts and will continue to be innovative with our sustainable business practices. Hopefully, awards like this will increase awareness of socially responsible business practices and encourage other companies and individuals to change their behavior in ways that minimize their own environmental footprint.”
Granum, Inc. introduced Choice Organic Teas in 1989 with three teas from organic Japanese tea gardens. Fifteen years later, they offer more than seventy varieties of Black, Green, Oolong, White teas, and herbal infusions available in tea bags and loose leaf. Choice Organic Teas became the first tea-crafter in the US to Fair Trade certify all qualifying teas. Choice Organic Teas provides exceptional tasting teas with an environmental and social conscience. Visit http://www.choiceorganicteas.com for more information.
A photo collage depicting Choice Organic Teas/Granum, Inc.’s efforts to prevent pollution and implement sustainable practices will be traveling throughout Washington State’s regional Department of Ecology offices.
Visit http://www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/0404013.html to read the biographies of the winners.