Hillside Tea Company is the result of a branding project that focused on creating a business that benefits the community.
Historically, nearly 20% of California was covered in native grasslands. Due to disruptions such as wildfires, agriculture, invasive species, and many more, this number has dropped to less than 1%. Without taking action, we are at risk of losing the native grasslands entirely. Through research at CalPoly San Luis Obispo and UC Davis, environmentalist and agriculturists have found that, by planting native seeds in place of invasive species, the native plants can repopulate the landscape and prevent the invasive species from returning.
Hillside Tea Company packages herbal teas in a blend of compostable and seed-embedded paper. When composted or planted directly into the soil, the seeds will grow into Californian native flowers and grasses. In turn, this new growth will re-establish the natural landscape and help prevent against the ever-growing invasive species populations. Hillside’s packaging effectively scatters seeds through the use of our paper packaging, and by utilizing local fruits and herbs in our teas, we promote the growth of these plants.