Sustainable Herbs Project Blog — Herb Trade

Wilson Lau Sourcing from China

Wilson Lau: Sourcing Herbs from China

In this SHP Webinar, Wison Lau, President of NuHerbs, talks about a wide ranging set of issues relating to sourcing herbs from China.

Regenerative Turmeric in Nicaragua

Agroforestry and Turmeric in Nicaragua

A sourcing visit to regenerative turmeric fields in Nicaragua with Gaia Herbs and Doselva, a series of Sustainable Herbs Program case studies on partnerships in ethical sourcing.

How Fair is Fair Trade

How Fair is Fair Trade?

Select clips from the SHP webinar, co-hosted with the FairWild Foundation, on what makes fair trade fair and how certification helps.

Are all cultivated herbs equal?

Are All Organic Herbs Equal?

When you read the word “organic” on any product, it’s a boost of confidence. It tells you that you’re not only buying one of the better options, but that you’re supporting a more sustainable system which puts quality over profit. But what if that wasn’t always true? The following is an excerpt from The Business of Botan...

The Mission in Mission Driven Companies

Building a Regenerative Culture at Pukka Herbs

In this case study from the SHP Sustainability and Regenerative Practices ToolKit, Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs, talks with SHP about creating and maintaining the mission and culture of a company through leadership changes.

Reducing Waste at Expo West, Herb Pharm's Journey.

The Journey to a 'Low-Waste' Expo West

The first of a series of posts exploring Herb Pharm's decision making process to reduce the environmental impact of their presence at Expo West. We hope this conversation can inspire the natural products industry to think seriously and creatively about reducing the environmental impact of trade shows.

Cultivating Medicinal Plants

Climate Change at SupplySide West

A SupplySide West panel discussion with Josef Brinckmann of Traditional Medicinals and Rupa Das of BI Nutraceuticals on the importance of cross-stakeholder collaboration in the dietary supplement industry.

Digging Roots in Appalachia

Digging roots in Appalachia

A report from our recent filming trip documenting the supply of forest botanicals from Appalachia, an area facing a declining population of wild harvesters.

Jolanda Van Hal from ProFound talks about what is involved in sourcing raw materials and creating sustainable value chains in the botanical industry.

What is a Sustainable Value Chain?

Jolanda Van Hal, Consultant at ProFound, talks about some specific meanings that this word has when it comes to sourcing raw materials and creating sustainable value chains in the botanical industry.

Unilever buys Pukka Herbs

Unilever Buys Pukka - What Can We Learn?

Is Pukka Herbs Selling Out? What lessons can we all learn about impact, scale, and sustainability in Unilever's recent purchase of Pukka Herbs?

Stories from India

A brief overview of my multi-sited ethnographic research project on the medicinal plant supply chain in India as a 2017 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar.

Five Thoughts on the Herb Industry

We’ve just returned after almost five weeks of visiting herb farms, primary processing centers, and finished product manufacturers of herbal products. It’s been a whirlwind tour through three states and five countries. I have hours of footage and pages of notes to sort through, all of which will take many, many hours. But before immer...

Contradictions in Herbal Medicine

I went to Nepal in the late 1980s as a graduate student in anthropology to look at the impact of a conservation area on a local community. It was a smart project based on a lot of research by some of the brightest Nepali researchers in the country at the time. I was interested in conservation, and I was interested in doing research that m...


A Local Medicine Movement

Our Vision: Households, urban and rural, with pots of medicinal herbs: Thyme, Sage, and Rosemary on their back porch. Echinacea and Garlic grow in their garden. Grown ups and children know where and when to gather St. John’s Wort and Stinging Nettles. They know how to dry them for tea, prepare an oil or salve, and when to use each.