B Impact Report

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Runa

Tea
Certified Since: March, 2010
Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Sector: Wholesale/Retail

Overall B Impact Scoreinfo_outline

80.5

The B Impact Scores are being compared against all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

Runa brews beverages from guayusa (gwhy-you-sa), an Amazonian super-leaf naturally packed with caffeinate and polyphenoal antioxidants. Guayusa, which is native to the biodiverse region where the Andes meet the Amazon, is brewed like tea and provides clear and focused energy – what the indigenous Kichwa people call “mental strength and courage.”

Runa began as a conversation over tea, during the hours before sunrise in the Amazon rainforest. Together, Runa’s founders and Kichwa communities envisioned a business that could share energizing, rich-tasting guayusa with the world – a business that would respect cultural traditions, support small farmers, and maintain the integrity of the Amazon rainforest. Runa now buys guayusa leaves from over 2,300 farming families. Those leaves are processed in a plant in Ecuador and then shipped to the U.S. where they are shared with a growing number of people.

Runa is proving that businesses in the Amazon can be good for the environment and the preservation of traditional cultural practices while supporting producers and connecting them to consumers around the world. We couldn’t be more excited.

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