GIVING BACK

“Chia” is the word for “Strength” in the Mayan language.

The Maya people of Central and South America have revered the benefits of Chia Seeds for thousands of years and at Maya Chia we believe it imperative to give back.

We are the corporate sponsor of Adopt-A-Village Guatemala, a non-profit organization that helps children and families by providing education and skills training so that they may improve their social and economic condition.

In 2021, Adopt-a-Village received the Energy Globe Award in honor of its sustainable organic gardening program in which it teaches Maya of all ages how to grow nutritious food for today and future generations. This is just one of the many life-changing programs this organization is committed to.

Thank you for helping us to make a difference.

Becoming carbon neutral

As Maya Chia continues to grow, we have an increasing responsibility to commit additional resources toward positively impacting our planet. For this reason, we have become one of the few e-commerce brands to offset our carbon emissions related to getting your orders to your door step.

This achievement is the result of an effort to measure our global footprint in accordance with international certification standards, coupled with efforts to reach carbon neutrality. For every consumer order that we ship, we now balance it with a positive environmental impact thanks to our partner, EcoCart. The environmental impact of getting your favorite Maya Chia products to your door is becoming neutralized. 

This initiative comes at no additional cost to our customers because we believe it is our duty to the planet. It simply comes with the satisfaction of knowing that shopping at Maya Chia means making a positive impact on the planet. 

What does it mean to offset emissions? 

It means that for any carbon emissions released into our atmosphere as a result of shipping you your items from Maya Chia, we invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions by the same amount. 

How does it work? 

With every Maya Chia order, we will automatically purchase verified emissions reductions, more commonly known as "offsets" through our partner, EcoCart. These purchases support environmental projects, such as wind and solar farms that create clean energy, or protecting trees that would otherwise be cut down so that they can continue to absorb carbon from the air. On top of it, we make sure that these projects are doing some extra good like protecting animals or supporting underserved communities. 

Why is this important? 

Maya Chia has always been conscious of our impact and actively worked to lighten our carbon footprint. We believe that if we all work together towards positive change, we can make the world a cleaner, healthier place. 

What do you mean carbon neutral? 

When we say we are becoming "carbon neutral" that means that we will eliminate, capture, or otherwise mitigate the carbon emissions we create from shipping and manufacturing our products to your door. 

Our Solar-Powered Studio

MAYA CHIA: POWERED BY NATURE (INCLUDING THE SUN)

At Maya Chia, we are committed to taking every step we can to be as environmentally responsible as possible. We are by no means perfect - we are continually evolving - but we are trying to make progress in the right direction.  

With that said, we recently made the decision to install solar panels in our nearly 5,000 square foot studio complex in Charleston, South Carolina.  We are now pleased to share that we have the capability to offset 100% of our electrical needs at our facility using solar energy. 

What that means is that every Maya Chia product we send to you will be created using clean energy. Additionally, we also installed a solar car charging station in our studio for our employees (at no cost to them) to incentivize the use of electrical vehicles. 

Our energy partners estimate that based on our yearly consumption, by converting our facility to solar power, it is tantamount to conserving the following resources:

POSITIVE EFFECTS OF GOING SOLAR

As the topic of Climate Change has taken center stage, we recognize the need to try and do our part to drive toward a clean, renewable energy source - ideally, one with zero emissions.

We are trying to take the necessary step not to contribute to the production of greenhouse gasses or fossil fuels – it is a journey, but one we are proud to be a part of.