Fair Trade Certified
In 2016 we paid $529,126 back to our tea and sugar sourcing communities in the form of Fair Trade premiums. These funds have helped to establish improved farming, healthcare and education initiatives.
In 2016 we purchased 24,216,926 pounds of organic ingredients, meaning they are grown without synthetic chemicals and pesticides, genetically modified organisms, or irradiation.
24,216,926 lbs. of organic ingredients purchased in 2016
$529,126 Fair Trade premiums paid to sourcing communities in 2016
10,080,224 lbs. of Fair Trade ingredients purchased in 2016
We strive for direct connections with our
ingredients and suppliers.
Honest Origins: the Source of our Tulsi
Honest Origins: Paraguay; Discovering Organic, Fair Trade Sugar
Honest Origins: Our Korakundah Tea Garden Story
Energy Saving Refrigerators
One for tea only, and one for our lunches, our refrigerators on wheels are estimated to be 15% more efficient than current Federal Energy Standards.
Open Office Space
No walls! Our one-room office space allows natural light from the windows to reach the entire office, cuts energy costs for lighting and promotes open communication.
Originally on their way to a landfill in Baltimore, these bricks cover the pre-existing columns well and add a feeling of history and individuality.
Reused Desks and Furniture
Instead of buying new furniture, we mainly purchase (gently) used desks and furniture.
Reused Tea Crates
Tea crates were salvaged from an Honest Tea manufacturer and are reused throughout the office and at trade shows.
The planters are crafted by Florafelt from 100% recycled PET bottles. The thick plastic felt wicks water to the plants and enables a root structure to grow. Because plants take in CO2 and emit fresh oxygen, a vertical garden helps to purify the office air quality.
Energy Saving Lighting
When we do turn the lights on, our CFL bulbs use less energy than standard bulbs, provide the same amount of light and last longer, saving energy costs over each bulb's lifetime. They generate less heat, so they're safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with cooling.
Recycled Rubber Flooring
Made from recycled tire rubber, our hall and kitchen flooring is manufactured with a 'green' process using minimal water, and scrap is reused to reduce waste. The product is not heated during the manufacturing process and the plants where it is produced have good air quality with minimal odor and no smoke stacks. The flooring contains no formaldehyde or PVS and is applied with a low-VOC emission adhesive.
Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, growing 2 to 3 feet in the first 24 hours after sprouting and reaching mature height and diameter in only six months. Bamboo's broad root structure helps prevent soil erosion. Our floors are from Dragonfly Bamboo, which uses a zero-formaldehyde glue.
Bamboo plywood is made from 100 percent rapidly renewable bamboo, using adhesives that are both strong and urea formaldehyde (UF)-free. Our 12-foot long, custom built bamboo plywood work table, used by employees and interns, houses an original tea brewing basket used in early production runs of Honest Tea.
IceStone Kitchen Island
IceStone surfaces are made with 100% recycled glass in a cement matrix and reduce the amount of glass in the waste stream. Our multi-purpose kitchen island is used for tea-tastings, lunch and the occasional office birthday party.