Who we are
At Karma Cola, we believe that what you drink should not only taste good, it should be good for the land, good for the people who grow the ingredients and as good for you as a fizzy drink can be. So we created a delicious range of Fairtrade, organic bevvies that people all over the world can enjoy and feel good about, knowing that money from every bottle sold helps a village in Sierra Leone.
Karma is the ethos behind the business – the more Karma Cola we sell the more good we can do.
How we started
Back in 2010 we made our first few bottles of Karma Cola using a bag of cola nuts sent to us by our friends in Boma, a small village in the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone. We’d learned that the world drinks more than a million colas a minute but none of the money went back to the people who originally discovered the stuff. So we made a drink to fix that and set up the Karma Cola Foundation to make sure the people who grow our cola get something back from the people who drink it. We wanted to connect cola drinks with growers in a way that respected everyone and everything in between.
Our commitment to organics
At Karma Cola we pride ourselves on having a strong ethical, Fairtrade and organic focus. We’ve searched far and wide for the most delicious organic ingredients to make our drinks. We choose organic produce because we believe in treating the planet like our own backyard and choosing ingredients grown with care.
Organic farming puts less stress on the land to get more out of it. It’s defined by the absence of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or insecticides. This is good news for the land and the people living in and around these farms. It’s also good for flavour as the produce tastes just as nature intended.
Sadly, the biodiversity of rainforests, like the Gola Rainforest where our cola is grown are threatened by an insatiable appetite for cheaper food grown on a massive scale. Jungles are cleared to make way for cattle farms, palm oil plantations and mono cultures of high-yielding biomass like sugar beet to convert to biofuel.
We’re doing our part to show that it’s possible to grow great tasting organic and sustainable crops in regions like the edge of the Gola Rainforest where our cola comes from, in Matale, Sri Lanka where we get our ginger and vanilla and in Maharastra, India where farmers of the Suminter Organic Farmers Consortium grow the organic and Fairtrade sugar we use in our drinks. Take a look at the ingredients we use in Karma Cola, Gingerella and Lemmy. You’ll see we have nothing to hide.