In 1999, brother and sister Ahmed and Reem Rahim founded Numi Tea with a vision to inspire well-being of mind, body and spirit through the simple art of tea. In the nearly twenty years since, the Oakland-based company has made a powerful and lasting impact through their continued commitment to responsible sourcing, fair labor practices and sustainability initiatives.
A Certified B Corp, Numi Tea is a company that truly creates benefit for employees, communities, and the environment alike.
Numi works diligently and thoughtfully to source the best ingredients available. More than half of the products they sell and 80% of their raw ingredients are Fair Trade Certified, and of course, all of their teas are certified organic.
Organic certification is critical when it comes to tea because most tea leaves are not washed before they are dried and packaged.
Additionally, they refuse to use added flavorings, fragrances and perfumes because they feel this masks the true flavor of the tea.
In addition to sourcing organic ingredients, Numi is also the first tea company in the United States to receive Non-GMO verification of its tea bags by the Non-GMO Project. Numi uses biodegradable and home compostable tea bags made of hemp-based, unbleached filter-paper rather than nylon. Their recyclable cardboard outer package is made of 85% post-consumer waste and printed with soy-based inks, and they do not use plastic shrink wrap for any of their products.
As an eco-conscious industry leader, Numi continues to evolve their packaging and is actively seeking more sustainable alternatives.
While their current tea bag overwraps are made from 72% post-consumer recycled material and a small amount of foil to retain freshness, they are partnering with 30 other mission-driven companies to launch the first home-compostable, plant-based, non-GMO material for overwrap and packaging. Numi Tea’s commitment to quality, sustainability and innovation is inspiring and representative of what we look for when sourcing products for our stores. You can find a wide variety of packaged Numi Teas in our Wellness Department.