From recycling to energy reduction and clean-ups, we’re working to complete the loop of sustainability.


 
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A Responsibility To Our Planet

“As businesses, consumers and global citizens, we all have a part to play. Since [our] inception in 2002, 1% for the Planet has helped to direct hundreds of millions of dollars to environmental nonprofits around the world. However, we didn’t do it alone. 1% for the Planet is a network of like-minded individuals, businesses, donors and nonprofit organizations working together toward a common goal: protecting the future of our planet.”


 

Recyclable Plastic

A caveat of being the freshest tea; plastic packaging. Our tea undergoes a “cold pasteurization” technique called High-Pressure Processing (HPP), which subjects the bottles to about 87,000psi for several minutes. For some perspective, this is 5x greater than the pressure our bottles would experience if we sunk them to the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean - the Mariana Trench. Avoiding heat helps preserve nutrients, enzymes, and freshness. But, as you can probably imagine, squeezing glass with the weight of seven full grown elephants per square inch wouldn’t end well!

While technology catches up to allow for different types of packaging to undergo HPP, we’re working to close the sustainability loop on our bottles. Made with PET recyclable plastic, each bottle continues to live on, and on, and on. Click the button below to learn more about how PET recycles.

 

 

Clean-Up Days

From shopping carts to used toilets and unmentionables, specifically the intimate kind, we were amazed at the amount of trash that ends up in our woods. A more astonishing tribute is the people who devote their Saturdays to ensuring we’re living in a clean, healthy environment by picking up said trash. We support the volunteers with fresh tea on tap, thanking them for a job well done.


 

Energy Reduction

Parents had something right when they constantly tell you to turn the lights off, cloaking frugality behind conservation. Whatever the case, we took it and applied it to our production.

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“Reduced energy requirements lessen HPP’s global warming potential compared to other methods, such as thermal pasteurization. Compared to thermal pasteurization by autoclave of a fish and vegetable ready-to-eat meal with 60-day shelf life, in a comparative limited life cycle assessment, HPP had a global warming potential more than 20% lower, even when HPP processing included a pre-cooking cycle. HPP allows food processors to reduce or eliminate ingredients added solely for preservative effects, including chemicals that inhibit bacterial growth. Reduced ingredient usage means eliminating the environmental impacts associated with sourcing those ingredients.” - Avure Technologies, 2015