Back to the Roots, Inc.

Ready to Grow and Ready to Eat Products

Oakland, California

United States

About Back to the Roots

Founded in 2009 by Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora as a 100% sustainable urban mushroom farm, Back to the Roots has since transformed into a unique company focused on bringing sustainable grow-at-home products into households across the country.

Transparency, our customers, and well being are at the core of our mission to make food personal again, and these ideals come before all else. Better business means better for everyone - those in charge, customers, and anyone affected. We have the power to influence change, and we need to use it for good. By joining the B Corps Community, we become a part of a larger network that's on the same mission we are.

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The Change We Seek®

Back to the Roots wants to make food personal again, which means teaching the value of homegrown, fresh food. With the mushroom kit, anyone across the country can grow their own mushrooms on their kitchen counter and experience what it means to grow their own food. By using an urban waste stream to produce local, fresh food, the Mushroom Garden inspires people to think about where their food is coming from and what they can do with resources already in front of them!

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2012

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: Offers >30 paid vacation/personal days; Allows flex-time work schedules; Provides formal, thorough, consistent feedback to employees at least annually

Community: Prefers local suppliers; Requires specific environmental criteria from suppliers; Banks with a local independent institution; 100% owned by individuals from underrepresented populations; Offers paid time off for community service

Environment: Has composting as well as office-wide recycling program for paper, plastic, cardboard, glass & metal; Uses >5% renewable energy; Kits are made from 95% biodegradable or recycled materials



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