Making tea and coffee clearly has a carbon footprint. It’s shipped around the world, it contributes to agricultural activities that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and it’s packaged in materials derived from industrial processes. All of which means that we are contributing to climate change.
To combat this, in 2015 we set about becoming carbon neutral – not just our business operations but our entire supply chain from tea and coffee bush to supermarket shelf, achieving certified carbon neutral products status well ahead of our 2020 target. Carbon neutrality means that we’re taking out of the atmosphere all of the carbon that we put in.
Going fully carbon neutral is no mean feat. To make it official we have to measure the volume of carbon emitted into the atmosphere at every stage of our supply chain. These measurements are independently verified and used to help us calculate our carbon footprint.
Once we understand how much carbon we’re responsible for, we know how much carbon we need to “lock up” by planting and preserving trees. Better still, we start to work out how to avoid creating the emissions in the first place.