Corporate Responsibility: Quenching Your Thirst

Corporate Responsibility Mondays
Corporate Responsibility Mondays are simple, I’ll highlight responsible companies, Josh will highlight not so responsible companies. Today we are taking on the beverage industry, and I’ll be giving you two for the price of one.

JavaPop
When it comes to Fair-Trade, Organic Soda Pop, there is only one certified company out there, and that’s JavaPop. But it’s not your normal Soda, it’s Coffee Soda. I’ve never had Coffee soda so I’m not sure if it fits in with the Pepsi and Dr. Pepper products, but it is a Soda, and your coffee addicts might just love it. JavaPop was created to fill the niche market of beverages for those looking for Fair Trade options. They get their beans from a well established fair trade Roaster, Green Mountain Coffee, so you can be pretty sure it’s the quality and value your expecting.

The thing is, I don’t really like Coffee, so I wanted to make sure I highlight another company that might also be worth buying from, Jones Soda. The only reason I was hesitant to highlight Jones is because there isn’t a lot of information on their website or elsewhere highlighting why they might fit with our values and ethics, but there also wasn’t any criticism (though they are smaller so that’s not too surprising).

Jones SodaTheir profile on Knowmore.org has only a praise listed and they have pretty good ratings (compared to others). If your looking for Organic, they have a whole line of organic teas, USDA certified organic at that.
Here are some other highlights:

  • Jones Soda Co. announced today its support of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). Jones Soda will raise a minimum of $25,000 (US) for ADA and $5,000 (CAN) for CDA to further diabetes research, information and advocacy.
  • Jones Soda uses recycled products to create their bottles and encourages consumer recycling
  • Jones uses pure cane sugar for their sodas, not High Fructose Corn Syrup.
  • They have this great line hinting at alternative fuel ideas: “So leave the corn for your cars, and keep the sugar for your soda.”

I couldn’t find conclusive evidence about the distribution and where their ingredients and materials come from, but from what I could see I think they are completely made in the USA. Jones Soda, as you might know, is a fun company that displays consumer submitted photos on all their bottles. They are unique and different and I think they are more willing to embrace responsible values then the big companies out there. So if your looking to quench your thirst, check out Jones Soda and JavaPop.

And be sure to check out Josh’s post on a irresponsible company.

7 thoughts on “Corporate Responsibility: Quenching Your Thirst”

  1. Another great company is Izze Beverages. They have organic juice drinks that are carbonated with sparkling water. They also have a program called ‘Project Reach’ where they set up educational oppurtunities for the farm workers in the communities where they buy their fruit.

  2. Tank,
    Thanks man, I didn’t know about Izze. It’s good to know there are others out there putting a ethical option into the beverage industry.

  3. I love these posts!!

    By the way, I’ve linked to this on one of my mothering forums. So you might start seeing some new names and faces here on Mondays.

    Peace,
    Jamie

  4. On it’s way…..All natural soda in a bottle from Blueplate Soda Fountain and Lunch Counter in Portland Oregon. No one else is doing it like us so it might take a bit of R&D but we are bringing the first All Natural Soda Pop to the market that tastes like Soda Pop.

  5. Jeffery,

    Thanks for stopping by. Maybe once you have things up and running post another comment and we can try and set up a little interview.

    Peace.

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