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Shipping with Sustainable Packaging Materials

Piles of Mountain Rose Herbs recyclable shipping boxes next to shipping station where people ship orders

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we put a lot of thought into sourcing, crafting, and delivering our customers the finest organic, non-GMO, and fair trade botanicals from across the globe. What good are consciously sourced products if they're not packaged in equally sustainable materials? We make sure we are using the best available sustainable packaging materials in order to reduce our environmental impact and leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Our first priority is to deliver your organic herbs, teas, spices, and other botanical goodies to you safely and in excellent condition. Customer orders are handpicked with care daily. Each unique order of organic lavender essential oil, organic and fair trade turmeric powder, or organic and fair trade red roobios tea is plucked from the shelf and packed into a box by hand.

Ginseng container in green sustainable bubble wrap being shipped inside recyclable box

As a zero waste company, we care about the materials we use to package and ship products to your doorstep. We do our very best to use post-consumer recycled content. Recycled materials almost always use less water and energy than new materials and produce fewer toxic byproducts.

For shipping, we want to make the package as small and lightweight as possible without compromising product safety, so we use efficient air pillows. We chose this material because it contains pre-consumer recycled content, it's 100% recycable as a #4 plastic film, and biodegradable in a commercial composter. It also contains 20% to 50% less resin content than other films. While they are plastic, we believe they are the best option. As a plant-centric company, we also prioritize materials derived from renewable biological sources. We steer clear of materials that have chlorine, heavy metals, and other toxins.

Materials We Use To Ship Your Order:

  • 100% post-consumer corrugated cardboard boxes.
  • Water-based adhesive tape, which can be left on the box and recycled.
  • 100% post-consumer recycled paper invoices and flyers, certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
  • 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable bubble wrap and inflatable air pillows.
  • Plant-based packing peanuts to protect the products while in transit.
  • When available, reused packing peanuts, block styroform, and fill material from incoming shipments.


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Topics: Sustainability


Written by Alyssa on August 31, 2017

Alyssa Bascue, Director of Sustainability, is a trusted professional in her field with a passion for employee engagement and reducing environmental impacts of business operations, including emissions, energy, waste, and water. Growing up in an income-sharing, egalitarian community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she’s a farm girl at heart. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Sociology, which helps to support Mountain Rose Herbs' mission of supporting organic agriculture and embodying socially conscious business practices. Alyssa completed a nine-week Master Recycler training and is well-known in town as an Employee Transportation Coordinator. She currently volunteers with Friends of Trees, Provender Alliance, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance. And she is an active member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking spicy foods, hiking and camping with her husband and brindle pup.

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