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The First and Only USDA Certified Organic Reed

The First and Only USDA Certified Organic Reed

The New Natural starts here. No chemicals, no pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers. We’ve taken our pursuit of incomparable consistency and unmatched playability further than ever before— finally, a reed that respects the player as much as the planet.

D’Addario Organics Select Jazz

Our fully-organic process lends chemical-free peace-of-mind to the same superior projection, clarity, and vibrancy Select Jazz is renowned for.


D’Addario Organics Reserve

Our exact same next-gen digital vamping technology, depth of tone, and ease of response— now made organically so you can focus on your sound.

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The New Natural.

These reeds represent our belief in a new way of doing things, one that's better for players and the earth they play on. A new standard for the entire industry. A new normal. A new natural.

The New Respect

Our Certified Organic reeds are protected with brand-new paper reed holders, eliminating 70,000 pounds of plastic waste each year.

The New Confidence

As the first and only Certified Organic reeds available, we’re taking our standard of uncompromising quality and consistency even further. Breathe easier. Play better.

The New Tradition

We’re 100% inspired by our French roots— even our Argentinian cane started life
 as French rhizomes.

The New Standard

From field to machining, our reeds meet full USDA organic certification standards.

The New Commitment

Organic Reserve and Select Jazz reeds are just the first step in our journey. By 2025, 100% of our all-cane reed products will be 100% Certified Organic.


  • What does “USDA Certified Organic” mean?

    USDA certified organic cane is grown and processed according to US federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible. Cane can be called organic if it’s certified to have grown on soil that had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. Although we began utilizing organic farming practices shortly after our acquisition of Rico in 2004, the certification process to become USDA Certified Organic takes a number of years to complete. 

  • What’s different about an organic reed? 

    Certified organic reeds are manufactured from cane that has been grown and processed using certified organic practices. This means that the reeds that arrive to you have not been subjected to synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

  • Why are only Reserve and Select Jazz Certified Organic?

    Now that our cane at D’Addario Woodwinds plantations is certified organic, we will be upgrading our packaging to reflect our USDA Certified Organic status. In addition to upgrading our packaging, we will also be migrating away from our plastic reed holders to paper reed holders to reduce the amount of plastic in our packaging. Upgrading packaging and reed holders takes careful time and attention, so we will be working to migrate our all-cane reeds to new packaging and paper reed holders in the coming years. 

  • Has the cut or cane source changed for my favorite D’Addario Reserve or Select Jazz reeds?

    No – no changes have been made in the cut, design, or cane source of your favorite D’Addario reeds. We have been utilizing organic growing and handling processes for many years now; we only recently achieved our USDA Certified Organic status. 

  • Why are you flow-wrapping reeds?

    Flow-wrapping reeds is the best way of ensuring that reeds and paper reed holders are not exposed to moisture when they are in transit or awaiting purchase. Since the reeds are so protected from moisture, it is more important than ever to ensure that players allow their new reeds to acclimate to moisture before playing.

    We recommend removing your reeds from the flow wrap and allowing them to acclimate to your environment before playing, ideally in an air-tight container with a Reed Vitalizer pack.

  • Why are you using paper vs. plastic reed holders?

    At D’Addario we believe in lowering our environmental impact and developing industry-leading standards for sustainability. We know this means a lot to woodwind players, too – one of the most common pieces of feedback we hear from our customers is the desire to see us move away from using plastic reed sleeves. 

  • How protective is a paper reed holder vs. a plastic reed holder?

    Paper reed holders were the industry standard for many decades and will protect your reed from damage. It’s important that we ensure our reeds arrive to you in perfect playing condition. In order to do so, we must place the paper reed holders in a recyclable wrapper to ensure that they are protected from drastic changes in humidity and environmental conditions during shipment and storage on shelves around the world. 

  • After I use my reeds, can I continue to store them in the paper reed holders?

    We never recommend that players store their used reeds in plastic or paper reed holders to prevent warpage. We recommend using a storage option like our D’Addario Reed Case or Reed Guards to ensure your reeds dry flat and have a long lifespan.  

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