Sustainability

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.

Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We report greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). We have shared our progress since 2009, and have reported a 21% GHG reduction over the past 11 years. Our 2020 CDP score was a B, comparing favorably to both the North American and Food and Beverage Processing average of a “D” and the global average of a “C”.

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Implementing Solar Power

We use solar energy in two of our facilities to lower our GHG emissions. The solar panels on our Moorestown, NJ facility provided 28% of our 2019 electricity usage.

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Diverting Waste from Landfills

We are committed to diverting waste from landfills. In 2019, we recycled 221 tons of paper material.

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Focusing on Sustainability

We joined the Sustainability Consortium in 2013. We measure conditions at our tea estates on biodiversity, deforestation, worker health and safety, child labor and labor rights. In 2020, we scored in the top 40% of respondents.

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Reducing Packaging

We offer several sustainable options to our customers and are working with our packaging suppliers to develop additional sustainable options.

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Sedex

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.

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