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September 2012
 
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This month Honest Tea employees celebrated our 3rd annual Service Day. 13 teams of Honest Tea employees mobilized across the country to volunteer from food pantries to community health offices to organic farms; we engaged in the kind of physical work that we don't normally get to do during the week. My team helped restore a hiking trail in Cabin John Regional Park that was devastated by a recent rain storm. I found myself stripping off bark from fallen trees. The related logs will be used to build berms in an effort to divert flooding which could further erode the trail. I will be the first to admit that there are far more skilled bark strippers out there, including our VP of Operations, Ed Castro. But I don't know many folks who enjoyed the work more. I am already looking forward to taking my family for a walk to show them "our" 30 yards of trail. There's no question that service, especially when sweat equity is involved, creates stronger bonds of ownership and commitment to a community.  

 

Honestly yours,

  

Seth

 

New Honest Kids on The Block! 

 

Exclusive Newsletter sneak peek: Introducing fruit juice-sweetened Honest Kids organic thirst quenchers! We've taken away the organic cane sugar and kept the same great taste; sweetened only with fruit juice and 40 calories per pouch. Great for packing into lunches, for long car rides, freezing for a cold refresher, or a day at the beach. Our organic thirst quenchers will be available starting October at select natural food retailers, so keep an eye out! Also look for a brand new, 59 oz. multi-serve bottle with a new, easy-to-pour grip-great for after-school refreshment or thirsty playdate crowds!

 


30 Healthy School Lunch Ideas 

 

School has been in session for several weeks, and chances are that parents are already looking for some culinary inspiration. Need to satisfy those small appetites with some healthier options? Check out these great ideas and helpful recipes from our friends at EatingWell.com; and don't forget to include an Honest Kids pouch in that lunchbox! Click HERE

CommuniTEA Service Day 

 

Every year our Tea-m looks forward to a day when we head outside, roll up our sleeves and get a little dirty volunteering where we live. And since our staff is located in cities across the country, there are opportunities for service across the country. We worked on volunteer projects in 13 cities, including Boston to Austin, and DC to Seattle. A total of 336 hours were served over the course of one long day. We prepared nutritious meals at the Community Kitchen of West Harlem, restored parks with San Francisco Parks & Recreation, and read with kids about environmental stewardship at the Tacoma Nature Center. Melissa, our Midwest Region Marketing Manager said: "Volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Food Panty was a humbling experience. It was great being hands on and helping put a smile on deserving faces." We encourage you to find a local volunteer opportunity near you! To check out how you can get involved with our partners click HERE!

The Great Recycle Visits Rochester

 

Last weekend the Great Recycle project continued its nationwide tour. The big blue recycling bin started its journey in New York City in April, visited Seattle in August and just debuted in Rochester, NY at Greentopia Festival. Festival attendees were invited to bring empty bottles to be properly recycled in exchange for cool swag such as t-shirts and longboards. The result? Rochester brought a total of 8,645 bottles to recycle, and thousands of renewed commitments were made for recycling. The 30 foot tall recycle bin catalyzed many great conversations with fans regarding our nation's recycling rate and the opportunity everyone has to make a positive difference. We continue to be inspired by the dedication and passion that people have for recycling, and thank everyone who has participated in our recycling initiative! Wonder what city we'll visit next? Stay tuned for more!

 

Raspberry Fields Forever 


Pick up the October edition of Women's Health to see our very own Raspberry Fields Tea featured as one of the magazine's 125 Best Packaged Foods For Women. The review says, "What's on the bottle is as refreshing as what's inside...maybe that's why each sip tastes like it came from a pitcher of just-picked berries.." We'll cheer to that! 

  

Bethesda Green Award Gala   


If you find yourself in the Bethesda area, join our friends at Bethesda Green on October 11th for an evening gala, awarding the latest innovators and entrepreneurs making a difference! To RSVP click HERE

   

Conversations with our TeaEO     

 

Click HERE to check out Seth's recent conversation with FORTUNE where he discusses how Honest Tea has kept its mission-driven focus: "We're talking about changing the landscape of agriculture in the developing world. That happens when you get to a scale where you can really make an impact." 

Fan of the Month       

 

We're cracking open a bottle of Honey Green Tea for a toast to our September fan of the month. This month's award goes to Jim R who sent us a metaphor describing his love of Honest Tea:  

 

"You strive for FLAVOR without adding useless sugar-based calories.  This is like a comedian who does not use off color language when he/she entertains---- It's more difficult but the results are way better."  

 

Thanks Jim! If you'd like to be considered for Honest Tea's fan of the month please reach out to us on TwitterFacebook or at sethandbarry@honesttea.com

Honest Tea in Your Community

To stay connected to all event updates and to RSVP on Facebook click HERE 

 

NORTHEAST

 

Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jones Beach

Wantagh, New York


http://www.facebook.com/CurePancreaticCancer 

 

JDRF Walk

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hecksher State Park Islip, New York


http://www.facebook.com/myJDRF 

  

MID ATLANTIC

 

Bethesda Green Evening Gala

Thursday, October 11th, Bethesda MD 

  http://www.bethesdagreen.org/Programs/BethesdaGreenGalaOctober112012/tabid/452/Default.aspx 

  

MIDWEST

 

Warrior Dash, Missouri

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Blackhawk Valley Hunting Preserve

Old Monroe, Missouri

  http://www.warriordash.com/index.php 

  

SOUTH

 

Utopia Fest

Saturday, September 29, 2012

1555 Lemond Road Utopia, Texas


  http://www.utopiafest.com/tag/utopia-fest-2012/ 

   

WEST

 

Healing Arts Festival

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Adams avenue recreation center, 10am

San Diego, California

          

Cardiff Surf Classic & Green Beach Fair

Saturday, October 27, 2012  

Seaside Beach - Encinitas, California

  http://cardiffsurfclassic.com/ 

    

NORTHWEST

 

Cultivate Festival

Saturday, October 6, 2012

City Park Denver, Colorado


  http://chipotle.com/cultivate/ 

 

Run the Rocks

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Morrison, Colorado


  http://www.redrocksonline.com/CalendarEventDisplay.aspx?id=175613 

   

Girlfest Seattle

Saturday, October 20, 2012

WaMu Theater

Seattle, Washington


  http://blog.girlscoutsww.org/girlfest/ 

   

About U

 

Honest Tea is the nation's top-selling organic bottled tea company.  The company seeks to make great-tasting, truly healthy organic beverages sweetened with less sugar and fewer calories than most bottled beverages. Honest Tea's product lines include: Honest Tea ready-to-drink bottled teas, Honest Ade and Honest Kids organic thirst quenchers.  All varieties are USDA-certified organic and all tea varieties are Fair Trade Certified™. Since Honest Tea was founded in Bethesda, Maryland in 1998, the company has sustained an impressive double-digit annual growth rate.  In addition to being named one of The Better World Shopping Guide's "Ten Best Companies on the Planet based on their overall social and environmental record," Honest Tea was also listed as one of PlanetGreen.com's "Top 7 Green Corporations of 2010," received Greenopia.com's coveted 4-Leaf Rating as "the greenest beverage company" for the third year in a row and was recently ranked by The Huffington Post as one of the leading "8 Revolutionary Socially Responsible Companies." Honest Tea is an independent operating unit of The Coca-Cola Company.

 

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