Austin, TX—The Sustainable Herbs Program (SHP) has announced the publication of the SHP Sustainability & Regenerative Practices Toolkit, according to a press release, as well as a video explaining the toolkit’s purpose and content.
The SHP Toolkit is an online collection of resources and best practices for the herb and botanical industry that businesses of any size can use to become more socially and environmentally responsible, according to the release. It is 52 pages long and split into 14 sections, and was written by SHP Director Ann Armbrecht, Ph.D., with input and assistance from experts from the SHP Advisory Group and the American Botanical Council.
The Toolkit, the release says, serves as a roadmap for companies to create greater overall transparency in telling the story of how botanical products reach consumers. It includes videos highlighting stories from the field and case studies to demonstrate best practices, discussion questions to reflect on those examples, and action steps to deepen the learning experience.
The SHP Toolkit and all other SHP educational resources are available for free on the SHP website.
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“Our own health and wellness are inextricably connected with the health and wellness of the human and ecological systems in which we live and on which we depend,” said Armbrecht in the release. “Many of us as individuals and as companies are asking how we want to emerge from the current pandemic crisis. How can we put in place systems that recognize and build on our interdependence and practices that support biodiversity, social equity, and healthy soils? This toolkit provides resources to begin or continue this journey.”
“The SHP Toolkit is a significant contribution to the movement toward sustainable and regenerative practices in the global herb and medicinal plant industry,” added Mark Blumenthal, ABC Founder and Executive Director. “While many people in herb companies, and elsewhere, are interested in becoming more sustainable, they are often unsure where and how to begin. This toolkit provides them with more than enough resources to do so.”
Inaugural Underwriters for SHP include: Applied Food Sciences, Inc.; dōTERRA; Euromed; EuroPharma; Gaia Herbs; HumanN; Indena; MediHerb; MegaFood; Nature’s Way; New Chapter; Now Health Group, Inc.; Pharmatoka SAS; RFI Ingredients, LLC; Standard Process; Thorne Research, Inc.; the United Natural Products Alliance; Valensa International; and Verdure Sciences.
Additional Underwriters and Supporters include: Banyan Botanicals; Biotropics Malaysia Berhad; Herb Pharm; Ixoreal Biomed Pvt. Ltd.; PLT Health Solutions, Inc.; Pukka Herbs; and VDF FutureCeuticals.