The Coconut Initiative ™

Buddha Brands believes that using multiple parts of the coconut is a sustainable approach that can maximize the usefulness of the fruit. From coconut water, chips and jerky to coconut vinegar and coconut nectar, we developed “The Coconut Initiative”, a global community connecting people through love of coconuts and conservation efforts. Inspired by our favourite fruits, the mini but mighty coconut, we’re working to make the world a healthier and more sustainable place, one purchase at a time.

Through careful sourcing of the finest coconuts from Southeast Asia, Buddha Brands believes that health and balance extend to the planet itself, which is why 1% of annual sales are donated to environmental and sustainable charities through 1% for the Planet

As passionate members of 1% for the Planet, we give 1% of our sales to environmental and social causes. It’s part of our own campaign for positive change through The Coconut Initiative, our commitment to the planet inspired by the amazing sustainability of the coconut itself. With every purchase of Buddha Brands products, our coconut-community is showing love to our planet and joining our efforts to keep it clean and green.

We love the Earth, and we intend to do our part in protecting it. 1% for the Planet promotes giving from the business community to over 3000 approved environmental organizations that are working toward preservation and restoration of our natural environment. As a member company, we know that we’re contributing to climate efforts in a real way, and reducing our own carbon footprint through the help of every person who purchases a Buddha Brands product.

Featured Charity

Hydration and good health are everything to us. We know that access to clean, drinkable water is critical to survival, especially for those who can’t easily walk into a store and buy a can of coconut water. With nearly 1 in 10 people in the world living without access to clean water, Charity Water dedicates its efforts into building sustainable, community-owned water projects globally.

Over the past few years, Buddha Brands has been donating funds through 1% for the Planet to Charity Water to build a community piped system-tap stand to provide clean water to those in dire need.

In August of 2018, we completed our third water project in the Tominian District of of Mali that has brought life’s most basic need to 439 people living in the Dogodogo community. To learn more about this project click here.

In March of 2017, we funded a water filtration system for the Shree Mahanakal Secondary School in Nepal, providing access to clean, safe drinking water for 280 people, as well as hand-washing stations to help keep students healthy.

In January of 2016, we funded a water source, latrines and a hand washing station for N.U.R.S. Secondary School in Bangladesh, where students used to have to walk for up to 2 hours to collect water. 306 students and staff now have access to clean and safe drinking water right at their school.

Want to learn more about our amazing projects? Click here and then on the dots on the world map. Help us continue to fund projects such as these by buying Thirsty Buddha Coconut water, Hungry Buddha snacks and Healthy Buddha vinegar. Read our Blog here


The Charities we Support

We love the Earth, and we intend to do our part in protecting it.

Through 1% For The Planet, one per cent of our annual sales go to our favourite sustainable organizations. That means that with every Buddha Brands product purchased, our coconut-loving community is showing love to our planet. To date, we’ve donated many thousands of dollars and, with your help, we’ve still got lots more to give.

Here are some of the charitable partners we’ve donated to on behalf of everyone who buys Buddha Brands products:

Oceana. Save the Oceans, Feed the World. Oceana is focused on ocean conservation and protecting the open waters.

Charity Water funds a variety of different water solutions depending on water availability, culture, and economic conditions. 100% of funds go towards water project costs that will change the lives of hundreds of people. Check out the projects that we have funded in the feature section above.

Trees for the Future is an organization dedicated to reforestation in rural communities in the developing world. Plant trees and save the world.

David Suzuki Foundation. This Canadian foundation works with all levels of government, as well as businesses and individuals, to protect the environment, promote sustainable policies and effect real change in the fight against climate change.

Evergreen’s Greenspace program works with diverse partners to improve the health of urban natural systems. Making cities flourish.

The Whole Kids Foundation provides grants for sustainable school gardens, school salad bars and cooking and nutrition curriculum to teach kids how to make healthy and environmental food choices.

To date, Buddha Brands has sponsored school gardens at three schools across Canada, allowing kids to learn about how healthy eating and local farming is good for their bodies and building sustainable communities.