Richmond-based Herbaland has been recognized for its sustainability business this year.
The company won the 2022 Seal Business Sustainability Award in the environmental initiative category because of its compostable packaging.
The Seal Awards honour companies that show "leadership, innovation and commitment to sustainable business practices."
“We’ve seen the effects that climate change has had on our planet and have seen it firsthand in our own province of British Columbia, Canada, with the many floods and wildfires destroying the environment and our homes," said Herbaland Co-founder and CEO Aisha Yang. She added making sustainability one of their top priorities has allowed them to "increase (their) efforts to help protect our planet."
“We’re excited to join other businesses in championing sustainability with our recent B Corp certification, and now being recognized with a SEAL award.”
Herbaland officially switched to compostable packing from plastic bottles this year. She explained that the new packaging was the business' way to "lessen their environmental footprint" by decreasing plastic waste.
The company, Yang added, has already diverted more than 270,000 plastic bottles (nine tons of plastic) from landfills.
Matt Harney, the founder of Seal Awards, said the awards celebrate organizations that "embrace" the responsibility to make positive change in the world.
“Most business sustainability initiatives are unglamorous and invisible to the general public despite having significant positive impacts – we hope our awards bring some much-needed recognition to both the activities and the leaders behind them," said Harney.