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 reliance on renewable energy sources.
Science Based Targets – we’ve made a 2030 commitment to Science Based Targets for a 25% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions. The Harris Tea Company is taking vital steps to help deliver a net-zero economy. By joining the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) we are ensuring our climate action is in line with the latest science.
SBTI is a global movement for ambitious corporate decarbonization.
Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We report greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). We have achieved a 25% GHG reduction from our baseline year (2009). Our 2021 CDP score was a B-, comparing favorably to both the North American average of “C” and Food and Beverage Processing average of a “B-” and the global average of a “B-”.
Implementing Solar Power
We use solar energy in two of our facilities to lower our GHG emissions. Because of our installation of solar panels on our Moorestown, NJ facility, we were able to generate 36% of our 2021 electricity usage from the sun.
Diverting Waste from Landfills
We are committed to diverting waste from landfills. In 2021, we recycled 391 tons of material. In 2021, our Marietta, GA facility committed to Zero Landfill.
Focusing on Sustainability
We submit data to THESIS/The Sustainability Consortium. We measure conditions at our tea estates on biodiversity, deforestation, worker health and safety, child labor and labor rights. In 2021, we scored in the top 52% of respondents. This significantly higher than the 36% industry average.
We offer several sustainable options to our customers and are working with our packaging suppliers to develop additional sustainable options.
We are members of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) is one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organizations, working with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains.