Smile Coffee Werks announced it upgraded its coffee beans to Fair Trade and USDA Organic – a compliment to its plant-based, carbon neutral, and USDA-Biobased pods that are certified commercially compostable by both BPI and CMA.
The Fair Trade seal symbolizes to consumers that Smile's coffee was sourced and sold ethically, ensuring adequate working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. Fair Trade is a component of the quality of life and social justice aspects of agricultural sustainability.
The USDA Organic certification verifies the quality and production of the product itself. Organic operations must maintain or enhance soil and water quality while also conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used. All organic products are protected from prohibited substances and methods from the field to the point of final sale.
"Smile's committed to sustainability and convenience by finally bringing consumers what they want: a guilt-free sustainable coffee pod matched with great sustainable coffee," CEO and co-founder Michael Sands, said in the announcement.
Keurig-compatible pods are available in three flavors: Werkday (Light / Medium Roast), Woke Up (Dark Roast) and Laugh to Decaf. The pods can be bought online at Walmart, Amazon, and www.smilecoffeewerks.com.