— Sustainability —

Environmental

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Harris Tea Company is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. Our efforts are focused in four main areas: eliminating waste, reducing energy usage, reducing packaging, and increasing usage of renewable energy sources.
Both our Anaheim, California and our Moorestown, New jersey facilities run on solar power making us the first tea company in the United States to operate on solar power.

MILESTONES

Diverting waste trash from landfills
314 tons in 2015 was recycled – 55% increase in recycled material in 5 years. Total waste down 24% in 4 years. Set a goal of 10% reduction in landfill materials by 2017.

Waste Audits
identifying prime components for reduction, reuse, recycle

Energy Audits
identifying opportunities for reduction

Electricity Usage Reduction
solar installation along with high efficiency lighting use reducing KWH consumption – almost 16% decrease in 6 years

Packaging Reduction
designed self-sealed cartons eliminating plastic overwrap, redesigned corrugate packing boxes, reduced excess packaging from suppliers

Vendor Score Cards
rating suppliers on their environmental commitments

GHG
contribute to greenhouse gas reporting and participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project – Greenhouse Gas emissions down about 28% in a 6 year period. Reported a 22% reduction in GHG emissions from employee air travel in 2015.

 

Sustainable Farming & Farming Programs

We provide farmers with programs on productive farming techniques that support biodiversity and safe environment farming practices. This is achieved through methods that improve the quality and consistency of crops, while achieving higher yield and increased return on investments.

 

Working directly with some of the finest tea gardens around the world, we are able to ensure that tea is constantly regenerated through Good Manufacturing Practices and re-planting programs. Our non-profit organization, the Harris Freeman Foundation is dedicated to supporting origin farming and educating agricultural communities from where we source our teas and herbs.

 

Learn More about our Farming Programs

BACKWARD INTERGRATION FARMING PROGRAMS

Simple techniques such as hygienic and clean practices, limiting the use of pesticides, and improving water retention are some of the initiatives to sustainable farming. Through our Backward Integration Farming Program (BIFP), we work directly with farmers to develop and implement scientific and sanitary agricultural practices, processing methods, and storage techniques.

 

Our field representatives work with farmers to encourage the application of organic soil inputs to increase soil fertility and improve water retention. We educate farmers about hygienic drying and grading of harvested product. We have also set up approved collection centers to ensure that we are able to screen and select raw materials that match international customer specifications. The result is increased value of crop yields while ensuring sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices.

The SUSTAINABLITY CONSORTIUM

The Sustainability Consortium® (TSC®) is a global organization dedicated to improving the sustainability of consumer products. Our member and partners include manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, service providers, NGOs, civil society organizations, governmental agencies and academics, each bringing valuable perspectives and expertise. TSC convenes these diverse stakeholders to work collaboratively to build science-based decision tools that address sustainability issues that are materially important throughout a product’s supply chain and lifecycle. TSC also offers a portfolio of services to help drive effective implementation. The Sustainability Consortium is jointly administered by Arizona State University and University of Arkansas with additional operations at Wageningen University in The Netherlands and Tianjin, China.

Learn more at www.sustainabilityconsortium.org